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Devil's Dance Floor
Flogging Molly Lyrics


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Her breath began to speak as she stood right in front of me
The color of her eyes were the color of insanity
Crushed beneath her wave like a ship, I could not reach her shore
We're all just dancers on the devil's dance floor

Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor

Pressed against her face I could feel her insecurity
Her mother'd been a drunk and her father was obscurity
But nothin' ever came from a life that was a simple one
So pull yourself together girl and have a little fun

Well she took me by the hand I could see she was a fiery one
Her legs ran all the way up to heaven and past Avalon
Tell me somethin' girl, what it is you have in store, she said
Come with me now on the devil's dance floor

Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor

Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor

The apple now is sweet, oh, much sweeter than it ought to be
Another little bite, I don't think there is much hope for me
The sweat beneath her brow travels all the way an' headin' south
This bleedin' heart's cryin', 'cause there's no way out

Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor

Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor
Swing a little more, on the devil's dance floor

Overall Meaning

The song is about the temptation and excitement of taking risks and indulging in pleasures despite the potential consequences. The first stanza introduces the main character as she catches the attention of the singer, who is drawn to her despite her obvious instability. The imagery of being crushed beneath her wave portrays the idea of being overwhelmed by her, unable to resist her allure. The chorus, "We're all just dancers on the devil's dance floor," emphasizes the idea that everyone is susceptible to temptation and the allure of the unknown.


The second stanza delves deeper into the character's past, revealing that her upbringing was challenging and that her future seems uncertain. Despite her struggles, she invites the singer to join her on the "devil's dance floor" which can be interpreted as a metaphor for taking risks and indulging in moral gray areas. The verse "Her legs ran all the way up to heaven and past Avalon" combines multiple literary allusions to suggest that she is an otherworldly figure - perhaps even a representation of temptation itself.


The final verse is the climax of the song and portrays the singer's surrender to the temptation represented by the woman. The sweetness of the apple could be a reference to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, where the forbidden fruit is an analogy for succumbing to temptation. The sweat under her brow and the singer's bleeding heart suggest that the indulgence ultimately leads to pain and regret. Overall, the song explores the complexity of human nature and the urge to seek out the forbidden, whether it be for pleasure or self-destruction.


Line by Line Meaning

Her breath began to speak as she stood right in front of me
Her words were silent but conveyed powerful emotions


The color of her eyes were the color of insanity
Her eyes were filled with madness


Crushed beneath her wave like a ship, I could not reach her shore
I was helpless in the face of her overwhelming presence


We're all just dancers on the devil's dance floor
We are all participating in something dangerous and tempting


Well, swing a little more, little more o'er the merry-o
Encouraging the listener to indulge in the temptation


Swing a little more, a little more next to me
Join me in this dangerous dance


Pressed against her face I could feel her insecurity
I felt her vulnerability


Her mother'd been a drunk and her father was obscurity
Her parents were both flawed and troubled


But nothin' ever came from a life that was a simple one
There is nothing to gain from a life without adventure


So pull yourself together girl and have a little fun
Encouraging her to let go of her insecurities and enjoy life


Well she took me by the hand I could see she was a fiery one
She was full of passion and energy


Her legs ran all the way up to heaven and past Avalon
She was incredibly attractive and desirable


Tell me somethin' girl, what it is you have in store, she said
Asking her to reveal her plans and intentions


Come with me now on the devil's dance floor
Join her in the dangerous and tempting dance


The apple now is sweet, oh, much sweeter than it ought to be
The temptation is even greater than expected


Another little bite, I don't think there is much hope for me
Giving in to temptation and feeling trapped


The sweat beneath her brow travels all the way an' headin' south
She was experiencing physical arousal


This bleedin' heart's cryin', 'cause there's no way out
Feeling trapped and helpless in the situation




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Bridget A Regan, David R King, Dennis Casey, George Edward Schwindt, Matthew A Hensley, Nathen Maxwell, Robert Anthony Schmidt

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My neighbor listens to this so loud everyday. Whether he likes it or not

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Ever get “stuck” in an hour long version of the song lol. Literally didn’t catch it 36 mins in… so it got turned up 😂

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