A Kissin' and a Twistin'
Fabian Lyrics


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I used to kiss my baby
Every time I took her to a dance
But since she started twistin'
Now I never even get a chance
I wanna get some lovin'
But I find I'm in an awful fix
'Cause twistin' and kissin'
Are two things that just don't mix
Can't mix kissin' and twistin'
Can't mix twistin' and kissin'
Yeah yeah my face is red
When I aim for her lips
I kiss the back of her head




She looks like a yogi
As she's twistin' and a spinnin' about

Overall Meaning

In the song "A Kissin' and a Twistin'" by Fabian, the singer laments how his relationship dynamic with his partner has changed ever since the rise of the twist dance craze. He nostalgically recalls how he used to show affection by kissing his baby every time they went to a dance together. However, with the overwhelming popularity of the twist dance, his partner is now more focused on twisting and spinning on the dance floor, leaving him without the opportunity to share those intimate moments of kissing.


The singer expresses his desire for physical affection, but he finds himself in a predicament because the act of twisting and kissing are incompatible. He humorously points out that trying to mix kissing and twisting only leads to embarrassing outcomes, such as accidentally landing a kiss on the back of his partner's head instead of her lips. This highlights the comical nature of the situation and the challenges faced when trying to navigate a relationship during a cultural shift like the twist dance trend.


The lyrics convey a sense of frustration and longing as the singer grapples with the dilemma of balancing traditional displays of affection like kissing with the modern dance craze of twisting. The contrast between the affectionate imagery of kissing and the energetic movements of twisting reflects a clash between the old ways of expressing love and the new, lively dance trends that have taken over the social scene. This conflict creates a humorous and relatable scenario that captures the complexities of navigating changing social norms within a relationship.


As the song progresses, the singer humorously observes his partner's transformation on the dance floor, likening her twisting and spinning movements to those of a yogi. This visual image adds a playful element to the narrative, emphasizing the disconnect between the singer's desire for affectionate intimacy and his partner's energetic engagement in the twist dance. Ultimately, "A Kissin' and a Twistin'" explores the humorous and relatable challenges of adapting to changing cultural trends within the context of a romantic relationship, highlighting the universal theme of navigating love and affection amidst evolving social dynamics.


Line by Line Meaning

I used to kiss my baby Every time I took her to a dance
I used to show affection to my significant other whenever we went out dancing together


But since she started twistin' Now I never even get a chance
But now that she is into the dance craze of twisting, I no longer have the opportunity to kiss her


I wanna get some lovin' But I find I'm in an awful fix
I desire intimacy with my partner, but I am faced with a challenging situation


'Cause twistin' and kissin' Are two things that just don't mix
Because the dance style of twisting and sharing romantic kisses do not go well together


Can't mix kissin' and twistin'
It is not possible to combine kissing and twisting smoothly


Can't mix twistin' and kissin'
Similarly, twisting and kissing do not blend well together


Yeah yeah my face is red When I aim for her lips
My face turns red with embarrassment when I try to kiss her lips


I kiss the back of her head
Instead of her lips, I end up kissing the back of her head due to the twisting movements


She looks like a yogi As she's twistin' and a spinnin' about
She resembles a yogi practitioner with her twisting and spinning movements on the dance floor




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Barry Mann, Howard Greenfield

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