Let's Dance
David Bowie Lyrics


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Let's dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance
To the song they're playin' on the radio
Let's sway
While color lights up your face
Let's sway
Sway through the crowd to an empty space

If you say run
I'll run with you
And if you say hide
We'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower

Let's dance
Let's dance
For fear your grace should fall
Let's dance
For fear tonight is all
Let's sway
You could look into my eyes
Let's sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight

And if you say run
I'll run with you
And if you say hide
We'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower

Let's dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
Let's dance




Let's dance
Let's dance, dance, dance

Overall Meaning

David Bowie's Let's Dance is a fantastic feel-good song that has a deeper message hidden in the lyrics. The song encourages listeners to forget their worries and get lost in the music. While he sings about dancing and swaying through a faceless crowd, he hints that it's about more than just the physical act of dancing. Bowie invites us to embrace the unknown and let it wash over us, saying "Let's sway, you could look into my eyes," and he seems to be inviting listeners to take a chance on the unknown and let it consume them.


The second verse of the song highlights the idea that love can be scary, but also provides comfort in tough times. Bowie sings, "If you say run, I'll run with you, and if you say hide, we'll hide because my love for you would break my heart in two." It's not clear who this love is for, but the message is universal. The idea of running for someone you love or hiding with them provides a sense of security and comfort even in the most challenging of situations.


In summary, Bowie's Let's Dance offers a chance to forget our fears, embrace the unknown, and dance like no one is watching. By inviting us to sway through the crowd and take a chance on love, the artist offers a powerful message of hope and love to his fans.


Line by Line Meaning

Let's dance
Invitation to dance and have fun


Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Wear red shoes and dance out in carefree style


To the song they're playin' on the radio
Dance to the music that's playing on the radio


Let's sway
Keep dancing carefree and in a swaying motion


While color lights up your face
Dance under bright and colorful lights and let your face glow


Sway through the crowd to an empty space
Move through the crowd and find an empty space to dance


If you say run I'll run with you And if you say hide We'll hide Because my love for you Would break my heart in two If you should fall into my arms And tremble like a flower
I will do anything for you and your love is special to me; I would be heartbroken if I can't hold you when you feel weak like a flower


Let's dance For fear your grace should fall Let's dance For fear tonight is all
Dance together and enjoy the night; fear of losing grace and the night is fueling the joy


You could look into my eyes Let's sway Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
We can dance, sway and gaze into each other's eyes under the beautiful, romantic moonlight


Let's dance
Keep dancing until we drop


Let's sway Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
Keep swaying slowly, seriously and romantically under the captivating moonlight


Let's dance Let's dance Let's dance, dance, dance
Keep dancing and have fun, chant and repeat the word 'dance'




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: David Bowie

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@gavriilpolyntsev5449

•David Bowie – lead vocals
•Stevie Ray Vaughan – lead guitar
•Nile Rodgers – rhythm guitar
•Carmine Rojas – bass guitar
•Erdal Kizilcay – keyboard bass
•Omar Hakim – drums
•Rob Sabino – keyboards; piano
•Mac Gollehon – trumpet
•Robert Aaron – saxophone
•Stan Harrison – saxophone
•Steve Elson – baritone saxophone
•Sammy Figueroa – percussion
•Frank Simms, George Simms, David Spinner – backing vocals



@amelj19

RIP MR. BOWIE. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING JOY TO THE WORLD.

"I sometimes forget
that I was created for Joy.

My mind is too busy.
My Heart is too heavy
for me to remember
that I have been
called to dance
the Sacred dance of life.

I was created to smile
To Love
To be lifted up
And to lift others up.

O’ Sacred One
Untangle my feet
from all that ensnares.
Free my soul.
That we might Dance
and that our dancing
might be contagious."

~Hafiz, Persian 14th Century poet



@lifeisacarnival1359

@@DJDanceClassic There are actually two different versions of what happened in the great book "Texas Flood". In one version, SRV quit; in the other, Bowie fired him. Either could be true; Stevie didn't take a lot of crap from people, and Bowie could be a prima donna asshole.
SRV, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon all said that once Bowie decided he wanted SRV to play on his upcoming album and Stevie agreed , Bowie immediately asked him to join the tour as Bowie's guitarist.
As part of Stevie being in the tour band, Double Trouble would open a select number of shows. Of course, nothing was ever signed to confirm that, and trusting Bowie, Stevie went ahead and began rehearsals with the tour band.
As the start date for the tour got closer, Layton and Shannon said they received no specific tour dates for them to open for Bowie, and Bowie's people would not return phone calls. Layton and Shannon finally realized it wasn't going to happen.
At some point, Stevie was also told that he was not going to be allowed to mention Double Trouble or his own music in interviews before or during the tour. Fed up, Stevie said he quit the tour as the band was about to board the bus for their first flight; Bowie's camp continued to say he was fired, for what they don't specify. Stevie showed up and played at all album sessions and tour rehearsals.


Stevie is quoted as saying he never intended to be no more than a sideman for Bowie, and that he had an album about to be released to promote on his own. Apparently, he expected that when Double Trouble opened for Bowie, they'd play songs from the album to promote it.
Double Trouble's first album was released shortly before the Bowie tour started, and the band launched a massive tour of their own to promote it. The rest is history.



@CydrichJims

Let's dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance
To the song they're playin' on the radio
Let's sway
While color lights up your face
Let's sway
Sway through the crowd to an empty space
If you say run
I'll run with you
And if you say hide
We'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower
Let's dance
Let's dance
For fear your grace should fall
Let's dance
For fear tonight is all
Let's sway
You could look into my eyes
Let's sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
And if you say run
I'll run with you
And if you say hide
We'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower
Let's dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
Let's dance
Let's dance
Let's dance, dance, dance



All comments from YouTube:

@wittyclips...

He had a fresh haunting voice. Nobody sounded like him.

@sfk2476

agree with you a voice like no other

@solent7430

And nobody ever will sound like him again 😢

@misterapplesyd

True...and funny enough a lot of 80s male singers tried to sound like him

@billbelzek6748

70's and 80's produced the greatest voices in history --- a very unique 20 years in our culture!

@_thebusphotograher_cali

It’s sucks when he had cancer his voice deteriorated as he aged.

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@freedom4mealways

David Bowie released this masterpiece in 1983. In 2023, this song still rocks!

@John-isAround

It is a memory of the US festival when the sun was setting and friendly fires were lit all around the crater. David Bowie began performing this song and people including myself began dancing. I heard somewhere he had arrived from being in Australia, probably true.

@gabymonterroso41

It does

@larskruger3589

Will in 2023 such song will be created?

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