Dance in the Dark
Lady Gaga Lyrics


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Silicone, saline, poison inject me
Baby, I'm a free bitch, I'm a free bitch

Some girls won't dance to the beat of the track
She won't walk away but she won't look back
She looks good but her boyfriend says she's a mess
She's a mess she's a mess
Now the girl is stressed
She's a mess she's a mess
She's a mess she's a mess (Tell 'em, girls)

Baby loves to dance in the dark
'Cause when he's lookin' she falls apart
Baby loves to dance, dance in the dark (Tell 'em, girls)

Baby loves to dance in the dark
'Cause when he's lookin' she falls apart
Baby loves to dance, dance in the dark (Tell 'em, girls)

Run, run her kiss is a vampire grin
The moon lights her way while she's howlin' at him
She looks good but her boyfriend says she's a tramp
She's a tramp she's a vamp
But she still does her dance
She's a tramp she's a vamp
But she still kills the dance
(Tell 'em, girls)

Baby loves to dance in the dark
'Cause when he's lookin' she falls apart
Baby loves to dance in the dark (Tell 'em, girls)
Baby loves to dance in the dark
'Cause when he's lookin', she falls apart
Baby loves to dance, dance in the dark (Tell 'em, girls)

In the dark she loves to dance in the dark
In the dark she loves, she loves to dance in the dark

Marilyn, Judy, Sylvia
Tell 'em how you feel girls!

Work your blond (Jean) Benet Ramsey
We'll haunt like Liberace
Find your freedom in the music
Find your Jesus, find your Kubrick
You will never fall apart
Diana, you're still in our hearts
Never let you fall apart
Together we'll dance in the dark

Baby loves to dance in the dark
'Cause when he's lookin', she falls apart
Baby loves to dance in the dark
Baby, baby loves to dance in the dark




'Cause when he's lookin', she falls apart
Baby loves to dance in the dark in the dark

Overall Meaning

The song "Dance in the Dark" by Lady Gaga highlights the struggles of a girl who loves to dance in the dark despite the criticism and judgment of others. The lyrics describe the constant pressure faced by women to conform to societal expectations and how they ultimately choose to express themselves. The opening lyrics "Silicone, saline, poison inject me, Baby, I'm a free bitch, I'm a free bitch" suggest the pressure on women to alter their bodies through cosmetic surgery and other toxified means. The repeated lines of "She’s a mess, she’s a tramp, she’s a vamp" embodies the derogatory comments women face from the society. The chorus emphasizes her love for dancing in the dark, and how that's her ultimate escape from the judgmental world while the women around her encourage her dancing in the darkness.


In conclusion, the lyrics of Dance in the Dark by Lady Gaga sends a message of freedom, liberation, and self-expression, especially for women who are expected to conform to certain societal and cultural expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

Silicone, saline, poison inject me
I'm willing to alter myself heavily with plastic surgery, even at the risk of harm


Baby, I'm a free bitch, I'm a free bitch
I'm independent and in control of my own life and choices


Some girls won't dance to the beat of the track
Not everyone conforms to society's expectations or norms for behavior and expression


She won't walk away but she won't look back
Even if someone faces criticism or judgment, they won't abandon their path or identity


She looks good but her boyfriend says she's a mess
External appearances may not reflect someone's internal struggles or pain


Now the girl is stressed
This scrutiny and pressure can cause significant emotional distress


Baby loves to dance in the dark
To escape and find happiness, some turn to dancing in isolation or darkness


'Cause when he's lookin' she falls apart
The fear of judgment or disapproval from another person is overwhelming, leading to emotional breakdowns


Run, run her kiss is a vampire grin
A warning or threat against a seductive and possibly harmful person


She looks good but her boyfriend says she's a tramp
Unfair labels and insults can be placed on someone, regardless of their actual behavior


But she still does her dance
The resilience and perseverance to continue being oneself, even in the face of adversity


Tell 'em, girls
Empowering one another to stand up against discrimination and negativity


Marilyn, Judy, Sylvia
Honoring and referencing iconic women who faced similar struggles and criticisms


Work your blond (Jean) Benet Ramsey
A reference to the tragic murder of a young blonde girl, and the exploitation and sensationalism that surrounded it


We'll haunt like Liberace
A promise to leave a lasting impact and memory, despite those who try to discredit or dismiss it


Find your freedom in the music
Music can provide a sense of liberation and expression for those who are marginalized or constrained


Find your Jesus, find your Kubrick
Seeking guidance or inspiration from sources that may be unconventional or controversial


You will never fall apart
A message of reassurance and hope, that others can overcome their struggles and challenges


Diana, you're still in our hearts
Paying tribute to a beloved and admired public figure who faced tragedy and adversity


Together we'll dance in the dark
Finding connection and community through shared experiences and struggles




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stefani Germanotta, Fernando Garibay

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