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I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Whitney Houston Lyrics


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Clock strikes upon the hour
And the sun begins to fade
Still enough time to figure out
How to chase my blues away

I've done alright up 'til now
It's the light of day that shows me how
And when the night falls
The loneliness calls

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody (dance)
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

I've been in love and lost to my senses
Spinnin' through the town
Sooner or later, the fever ends
And I wind up feelin' down

I need a man who'll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody (dance)
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

(Somebody who, somebody who)
Somebody who loves me, yeah
(Somebody who, somebody who)
To hold me in his arms, oh

I need a man who'll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls (oh)

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody (dance)
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

Ooh, ooh (dance)
Come on, baby (dance)
Woo, yeah (dance)
Now get with this, whoa (dance)
Don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, baby?
Don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, boy?
Hey, don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, baby?
With somebody who loves me
Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance?
Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance?
Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance
Uh-huh
With somebody who loves me
Ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Hey, baby
Don't you wanna love me? Don't you wanna love me?

Overall Meaning

The "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is a song performed by Whitney Houston that was released on May 2, 1987, as the lead single from her second studio album called "Whitney." The song was written by George Merrill (background vocals) and Shannon Rubicam (keyboards) from the synth-pop duo Boy Meets Girl, while Narada Michael Walden produced the song. The lyrics describe a woman who is searching for a partner to enjoy spending time with while dancing, showing the desire of the human heart to connect socially.


The song starts by describing the end of the daylight hours, also known as the golden hour. The singer concludes that there is still an opportunity in the remaining time to celebrate life by dancing, leaving behind the heartaches and sadness of the past. She mentions that she has coped quite well with her feelings until she's alone again, and the nighttime brings about loneliness, leading her to yearn for the company of a loved one. The singer expresses a burning desire to avoid feeling lonely and instead finds someone who loves her enough to take chances on a passionate romance that lasts through the hours of the night.


The song describes the universal human desire for companionship, love, and fun. Whitney Houston's powerful voice and the memorable musical arrangement have made the song an iconic track that represents the pop culture of the 80s. The lyrics' themes, the upbeat music, and the excellent performance by Whitney Houston made "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" reach the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the UK Singles Chart, and several other charts worldwide.


Line by Line Meaning

Clock strikes upon the hour
The clock strikes at the beginning of each hour.


And the sun begins to fade
As the clock strikes, the sun starts to set.


Still enough time to figure out
Before it gets too late, there is still time to make decisions.


How to chase my blues away
To find a way to overcome sadness or depression.


I've done alright up 'til now
I have managed to get by until this point.


It's the light of day that shows me how
During the day, I can see things more clearly.


And when the night falls
When it becomes dark outside.


The loneliness calls
Feelings of isolation become stronger at night.


Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I want to find someone to share joy and happiness with.


I wanna feel the heat with somebody
I want to experience excitement and passion with someone.


Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody (dance)
I want to dance with someone who loves and cares for me.


With somebody who loves me
I want to form a meaningful and loving relationship with someone.


I've been in love and lost to my senses
I have experienced love and the feeling of losing control.


Spinnin' through the town
Navigating through life in a head-spinning and chaotic manner.


Sooner or later, the fever ends
Eventually, the intensity of passion and excitement fades.


And I wind up feelin' down
I end up feeling sad and alone.


I need a man who'll take a chance
I need a partner who is willing to take a risk on love.


On a love that burns hot enough to last
A passionate, intense love that will endure over time.


My lonely heart calls
My heart aches and longs for love and companionship.


Come on, baby (dance)
Inviting a potential partner to dance with me.


Woo, yeah (dance)
Expressing joy and excitement at the prospect of dancing.


Don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, baby?
Asking a potential partner to dance with me.


Don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, boy?
Questioning a potential partner's desire to dance with me.


Hey, don't you wanna dance (dance) with me, baby?
Making another attempt to convince a potential partner to dance with me.


Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance
Asking a potential partner to confirm their desire to dance with me.


Uh-huh
Affirming agreement with the potential partner's desire to dance with me.


Hey, baby
Addressing the potential partner affectionately.


Don't you wanna love me? Don't you wanna love me?
Expressing a desire to find someone to love and be loved by.




Lyrics ยฉ Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: George Robert Merrill, Shannon Rubicam

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston

Huh, yeah, woo!
Hey, yeah, huh
Ooh, yeah, uh, huh, yeah
I wanna dance

Clock strikes upon the hour
And the Sun begins to fade
Still enough time to figure out
How to chase my blues away
I've done alright up to now
It's the light of day that shows me how
And when the night falls, loneliness calls

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
I've been in love and lost my senses
Spinning through the town
Sooner or later the fever ends
And I wind up feeling down
I need a man who'll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

Somebody, ooh, somebody, ooh
Somebody who loves me, yeah
Somebody, ooh, somebody, ooh
To hold me in his arms, oh
I need a man who'll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

Ooh, ooh, dance, c'mon, baby

Don't you wanna dance with me, baby?
Don't you wanna dance with me, boy?
Hey, don't you wanna dance with me, baby?
With somebody who loves me

Don't you wanna dance, say you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance, say you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance
Don't you wanna dance, say you wanna dance, uh, huh
With somebody who loves me (ooh, ooh)
Dance (ooh, oh, ooh)
Ooh, oh, hey, baby



All comments from YouTube:

@goosesatan

ohh i wanna dance with somebody

heat
i wanna feel the with somebody

@sudsoverspill4484

Me too

@hijodelaluna552

Es hit, no?

@Boz1211111

HAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHA this comment is so underrated

@theclayartist9155

Is the artist still alive

@youngdinu

@@hijodelaluna552 no, is "heat", from "hot"

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@mackysobrevega1780

I didn't exist in the 80s. It seems more fun back then

@sowintoyou

Oh it was! The innocence, the music, the fashion, the movies, etc. Why do you think Hollywood keeps pulling everything from back then? ;)

@ManolisMavrakis

I did and yes it was! The 70's even more!!! But again, i am 68 and you are not...

@CassieJazz96

+Edrick Velicaria Same here and I wish I existed in the first half of the 90s too!

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