Private Dancer
µÙÄÈ¡¤ÌØÄÉ(Tina Turner) Lyrics


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Well the men come in these places
And the men are all the same
You don't look at their faces
And you don't ask their names
You don't think of them as human
You don't think of them at all
You keep your mind on the money
Keeping your eyes on the wall

I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do

I wanna make a million dollars
I wanna live out by the sea
Have a husband and some children
Yeah, I guess I want a family
All the men come in these places
And the men are all the same
You don't look at their faces
And you don't ask their names

I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do

I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
Yes your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do

Dutchmarks or dollars
American Express will do nicely, thank you
Let me loosen up your collar
Tell me, do you wanna see me do the shimmy again?


I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do

I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do





I'm your private dancer, dancer for money
Just a private dancer, dancer for money

Overall Meaning

Tina Turner's "Private Dancer" is a song that tells the story of a woman who works in a strip club as a dancer for money. The singer of the song seems to be aware of the objectification she faces as a woman in this business, and how men look at and treat women in such establishments. The lyrics reflect how the dancer tries to emotionally disengage herself from her clients to do what is required of her, with no attention or thought given to who they are as individuals.


"I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money" shows how she sees herself or how she is perceived by others; a commodity that can be bought for a fee. The line "And any old music will do," conveys the sense that she would dance to any tune as long as she is being paid. She seeks to use the platform to achieve her dream of making a lot of money, so she could live freely, by the sea and start a family. However, the song also gives a glimpse of the vulnerability and high risk that comes with the job, with reference to wanting to 'loosen up' her clients' collar.


"Private Dancer" has been interpreted by some as more than just a song about a woman working in a strip club, with its lyrics indicative of the broader societal issues like capitalism, commodification of bodies, and lust combined with the exploitation of women. It's a song that portrays an honest and realistic image of the darker side of sexy and seductive industries while simultaneously serving as a powerful commentary on modern capitalism.


Line by Line Meaning

Well the men come in these places
The singer is referring to places where men come to find women for their pleasure


And the men are all the same
The singer sees all men who come to these places as having the same purpose and lacking individuality


You don't look at their faces
The singer does not want to see the men's faces, which gives them anonymity


And you don't ask their names
The artist does not want to know the men's names, which reinforces their anonymity


You don't think of them as human
The artist dehumanizes the men by not seeing them as people, but rather as objects that provide money


You don't think of them at all
Again, the singer emphasizes how unimportant the men are as individuals


You keep your mind on the money
The singer's focus is solely on making money from the men


Keeping your eyes on the wall
The artist does not engage with the men on a personal level, instead preferring to look at an inanimate object


I'm your private dancer
The artist is willing to dance in a private setting


A dancer for money
The artist's motivation for dancing is to earn money


I'll do what you want me to do
The singer is willing to fulfill any requests from the person paying for the dance


And any old music will do
The artist is not particular about the type of music played during the dance, as long as money is earned


I wanna make a million dollars
The singer has a financial goal that is very high


I wanna live out by the sea
The singer has a desire to live near the ocean


Have a husband and some children
The singer has traditional aspirations, such as a family


Yeah, I guess I want a family
The artist acknowledges a desire for a family, but is focused on financial gain


Dutchmarks or dollars
The artist is willing to accept various forms of currency for their services


American Express will do nicely, thank you
The singer is specifically targeting affluent clients who have an American Express credit card


Let me loosen up your collar
The singer is flirting with the client, trying to create a more relaxed atmosphere


Tell me, do you wanna see me do the shimmy again?
The artist is asking the client what they would like to see during the dance, in order to please them and earn more money


Just a private dancer, dancer for money
The artist is reinforcing their identity as a private dancer, and emphasizing that money is their main motivator




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@thevibeguide

Rest in peace Tina! ❤️

@VulgarrViking

Did you seriously go around and say this on all her videos?

@santiagochaverralopez8103

@@VulgarrViking she passed away today

@patrickbrandt6822

​@@VulgarrVikingYes absolutely. Tina Turner is dead

@juand.v.f.7084

La Reina ha muerto...😢 larga vida a la Reina....

@nightsky3981

​@The Retro Viking she passed away today.

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@4life867

The slow intro of the song. Is so iconic. Its filled with so much melancholy and sadness. And Tina's voice was tailor made for this song. Up there with my favorite songs of all time. R. I. P. TINA.

@wolftotem539

It was so 90s... The slow music, the central person going about their routine with perfect makeup and clothes.
I miss the 90s.

@TPRM1

Yup. That’s why Mark Knopfler gave it to her. A great choice.

RIP.

@wolftotem539

@@TPRM1 good composers know who to work with.
The Bee Gees had Barbra Streisand and Burt Bacharach had Dionne Warwick... This is my kind of music.
Reminds me of those cool old days when i would pretend sing with my cousin and oldest sister.

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