John I'm Only Dancing
David Bowie Lyrics


Well, Annie's pretty neat, she always eats her meat
Joe is awful strong, bet your life he's putting us on
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
Oh move me, touch me

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing
Oh shadow love was quick and clean, life's a well-thumbed machine
I saw you watching from the stairs, you're everyone that ever cared
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
Move me, touch me

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

Dancing
Won't someone dance with me?
Touch me, ohh

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Written by: David Bowie

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Céline Cendrars

Achtung!!! Achtung!!! Just in case anyone else in wondering, the wonderful dancers who add so much colour and vibe to this video are Lindsay Kemp, Annie Stainer and Jack Birkett.

Kemp is perhaps the most easily recognisable. For those who aren't overly familiar with Kemp, he was a wonderful, flamboyant and very talented British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist, and choreographer. Kemp and Bowie first met in mid-1967 and by Autumn of that year Bowie was taking dance lessons from him. Without a shadow of a doubt, Bowie's meeting, taking lessons from, collaborating with Kemp had a seminal impact on the shaping of Bowie's career. In other words, Kemp had a huge influence on Bowie and his many wonderful personas such as Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack and The Thin White Duke. Apparently, Bowie and Kemp were romantic lovers for a short period in the early 1970s.

Back to the other dancers in the video for "John, I'm Only Dancing". The female dancer is Annie Stainer. She is a British dancer, mime artist and actress. Annie Stainer has her own website. It is at http://www.anniestainer.com
Her website states that she is a Theatre Director and International Performer. There is a lot of info and photos on her page. There are some great photos of her with Bowie on stage from the 1970s on her website and also if you type her name into Google Images also.
The other male dancer is Jack Birkett. He was a British dancer, mime artist, actor and singer. In 1956 he met Lindsay Kemp, when they were both doing ballet classes with Marie Rambert at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate. According to Kemp; "We were always scraping a living in those early days, often working as stage hands, cooks and cleaners. Sometimes we hitchhiked from venue to venue, carrying our costumes and props". Both Kemp and Birkett were flamboyant homosexuals. Kemp later wrote; "Jack was Judy to my Mr Punch, Harlequin to my Pierrot, Titania to my Puck, Herodias to my Salomé, Queen of Hearts to my Lewis Carroll. We shared flats, dressing rooms, boyfriends, bills, good times and bad times, success and failure; a couple of extravagant young dreamers, a couple of aching elders, always entertainers".
Annie Stainer is still alive, but unfortunately Lindsay Kemp and Jack Birkett have already passed away.

Bowie did a lot of work with Kemp, Stainer and Birkett in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1970, Kemp requested Bowie to write the narrative for a play. The play's story became a TV Short called "Pierrot in Turquoise" (or "The Looking Glass Murders"). This production starred Bowie, Kemp, Stainer and Birkett.

The play featured Pierrot (Lindsay Kemp) who is the sad mime, with his unrequited love for Columbine (Annie Stainer) and her lover Harlequin (Jack Birkett). The production became a traveling soap opera both on stage and off it also: Bowie was having simultaneous affairs with Kemp and the costume designer Natasha Korniloff. Once Kemp found out what was going on behind closed curtains, he lived up to the role of the betrayed Pierrot and slashed his wrists before a show. When he reopened the wounds while performing that night, blood stained his Pierrot costume and the audience roared at the audacious realism.

For the play "Pierrot in Turquoise", Bowie wrote the songs “Threepenny Pierrot,” “Columbine” and “The Mirror”. If you are interested in Annie Stainer, I'd recommend that you check these songs on Youtube. Type in "Threepenny Pierrot" and you'll find a wonderful song and video with Bowie, Kemp, Stainer and Birkett.

Hope this info tickled your proverbial fancy!!!! x



Isabelle Constance

Well, Annie's pretty neat, she always eats her meat
Joe is awful strong, bet your life he's putting us on
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
Oh move me, touch me

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

Oh shadow love was quick and clean, life's a well-thumbed machine
I saw you watching from the stairs, you're everyone that ever cared
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
Move me, touch me

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

Dancing
Won't someone dance with me?
Touch me, ohh



All comments from YouTube:

Andrew McBrinn

One of the great underrated tracks of all time. This, Lady Stardust and Ziggy Stardust are the 3 that sum up the Ziggy era.

Mark Spain

@Matt Celis what the heck are you talking about,

Simo-Pekka Sunila

Tanssi

Mark Spain

@Matt Celis Straman is necessary for what.... ??? What the heck does this mean. Idiot

Matt Celis

False. Starman is necessary.

cow

@Scotland__ funny to see you here

also Star is a contender as well

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Ravedaze

I wish I had a time machine

Cookie LOgger

@Tristan Burton or bring him to the future as him of a kid

Jo G

Maybe the Jean Genie will grant your wish ?

Madison Love

Same 🥺

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