Private Dancer
Greg Gould Lyrics


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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
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 want to make a million dollars
I want to 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
I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
And any old music will do
Deutch marks or dollars
American Express will do nicely, thank you
Let me loosen up your collar
Tell me, do you want to 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
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
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'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'm your private dancer, a dancer for money




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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Greg Gould's song "Private Dancer" depict the life and perspective of a performer working in a nightclub or adult entertainment establishment. The song explores themes of objectification, disconnection, and the desire for financial security and personal fulfillment.


The opening lines "All the men come in these places and the men are all the same" suggest a repetition and monotony in the environment the singer finds herself in. The line "You don't look at their faces and you don't ask their names" reveals a deliberate avoidance of any personal connection or emotional investment. This highlights the dehumanization that can occur in such situations, where the performers are regarded solely as objects of desire. The phrase "You keep your mind on the money, keeping your eyes on the wall" signifies a detachment from the act itself, emphasizing the focus on financial gain rather than any meaningful connection with the audience.


The repeated line "I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money" underscores the singer's understanding of her role as an entertainer existing solely to satisfy the desires of others. She is willing to do whatever it takes to earn money and stay in the profession. The mention of "any old music will do" implies a willingness to perform to any soundtrack, indicating that personal artistic expression takes a backseat to financial considerations.


The verse that follows expresses an underlying desire for a different life. The lines "I want to make a million dollars, I want to live out by the sea, have a husband and some children, yeah, I guess I want a family" reveal the singer's aspirations for a more conventional life away from the nightclub scene. This desire for stability, love, and family contrasts with the impersonal nature of her current profession.


The closing verse, "Deutschmarks or dollars, American Express will do nicely, thank you, let me loosen up your collar, tell me, do you want to see me do the shimmy again?" further emphasizes the transactional nature of the performance. The mention of different currencies and payment methods reiterates the focus on financial gain. The question at the end suggests a sense of resignation and willingness to continue pleasing the audience in exchange for money.


Overall, "Private Dancer" describes the emotional detachment and disconnection experienced by a performer in the adult entertainment industry, highlighting the trade-off between monetary gain and personal fulfillment. It reveals the desire for financial security and a longing for a more traditional and meaningful life, while acknowledging the performative nature and objectification in this line of work.


Line by Line Meaning

All the men come in these places
Men frequent these establishments


And the men are all the same
They are indistinguishable


You don't look at their faces
Their individuality is ignored


And you don't ask their names
Their identities are disregarded


You don't think of them as human
They are dehumanized


You don't think of them at all
They are completely ignored


You keep your mind on the money
Financial gain is the sole focus


Keeping your eyes on the wall
Avoiding any personal connection


I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
I am here solely for monetary purposes


I'll do what you want me to do
I will comply with your desires


And any old music will do
Any music is suitable for the performance


I want to make a million dollars
I desire immense wealth


I want to live out by the sea
I dream of residing near the ocean


Have a husband and some children
Longing for a family life


Yeah, I guess I want a family
Family is desired, although uncertain


Deutch marks or dollars
Accepting either currency


American Express will do nicely, thank you
Accepting American Express for payment


Let me loosen up your collar
Encouraging relaxation and comfort


Tell me, do you want to see me do the shimmy again?
Asking if the audience desires a repeated dance move


I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
Reiterating the purpose of the performer


I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
Continuing to emphasize the role


Just a private dancer, a dancer for money
Simplifying the description of the performer




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