I Can't Dance With You
Small Faces Lyrics


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Which way you wanna go, ha,
To the left or the right?
Which way you wanna go baby, huh,
You know you're steppin' out of sight.

Alright, I can't dance with you,
Oh no,
I can't dance with you,
No, no, no,
You know I can't dance with you,
Alright, ha

I can't move to the way you're dancin',
You gotta see me move when it comes to romancin',
Baby look out, ha
Which way do you wanna go?

Which way do you wanna go?
To the left or the right?
Ha, ha,
Which way do you wanna go, baby?
You know you're swinging everything in sight,

Ow, I can't dance with you,
Oh no,
I can't dance with you,
Look out girl,
Ha, you know you,
You know you make me wanna move ,
But I can't.

I said, I can't move to the way you're dancin',
You gotta see me move when it comes to romancin',
Look out, ha
'Cos I'm on your trail.
Hey, ha ,ha ha,ha yeah,

I can't dance with you,
Oh no,
I can't dance with you,
Oh no, no, no, no, no,
No, no, no, no, no,

You know I can't dance with you,
Hey,
I can't move to the way you're dancin',
Then turn down the light when it comes to romancin',
Look out, girl,
Hey, you know you,
You know you make me wanna move,
Alright,
You know I can't dancin',

Which way do you wanna go girl,
To the left or the right?
Left or right?
Move it baby,
While I'm still seein' you,
Hey.
Oh,
You got to move to the right,
Yeah, yeah,
While I move to the left, girl.




Ha, everything,
Everything 'll be alright

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Small Faces' song "I Can't Dance With You" depict a scenario where the singer is invited to dance with someone, but ends up declining the offer. The singer asks his dance partner which direction she wants to take, left or right, as they step out of sight. The rejection then comes in the form of the singer saying that he just can't dance with her, even though she makes him want to move. He explains that he can't move the way she's dancing and asks if she wants to go left or right, suggesting they split ways. The song concludes with the singer stating that everything will be okay, even if they don't dance together.


Line by Line Meaning

Which way you wanna go, ha,
Asking the partner which direction they want to take while dancing.


To the left or the right?
Offering two choices of direction while dancing.


Which way you wanna go baby, huh,
Asking the partner where they want to go while dancing, showing excitement and interest.


You know you're steppin' out of sight.
The partner is dancing well and showing off their moves.


Alright, I can't dance with you,
Admitting that the singer cannot keep up with the partner's dancing.


Oh no,
Indicates a strong refusal or denial.


You know I can't dance with you,
Repeating that it is not possible to dance with the partner at the current level of skill and energy.


I can't move to the way you're dancin',
Explaining that the partner's dancing style is not synchronized with the singer's own.


You gotta see me move when it comes to romancin',
Expressing that the singer is confident and skilled enough to dance romantically.


Baby look out, ha
Showing excitement and encouragement towards the partner.


Ow, I can't dance with you,
Exclaiming again that it is impossible for the singer to keep up with the partner's dancing.


Look out girl,
Warning the partner to pay attention or move carefully while they dance.


You know you make me wanna move ,
Admitting that the partner's dancing has an effect on the singer and makes them want to dance as well.


But I can't.
Stating that the singer lacks the ability or skill to dance together with the partner.


'Cos I'm on your trail.
Showing the intention and desire to continue pursuing or following the partner.


You know I can't dance with you,
Reiterating that the singer is unable to dance with the partner.


No, no, no, no, no,
Emphasizing the repeated inability to dance together.


Then turn down the light when it comes to romancin',
Suggesting that with less light it will be easier for the singer to dance romantically with the partner.


You know you,
Addressing the partner directly and emphasizing their impact on the singer.


You know you make me wanna move,
Admitting again the power the partner has over the singer's desire to dance.


Which way do you wanna go girl,
Asking again which way the partner wants to move while dancing.


Move it baby,
Encouraging the partner to move or dance more.


Everything 'll be alright
Expressing optimism and reassurance that despite the difficulties in dancing together everything will work out in the end.




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Comments from YouTube:

@tattyshoesshigure5731

Funky or what…. killer bass & keyboards, with terrific ‘fatback’ percussion… and Steve’s incredible vocals to top it off!

@sharonmason6802

Steve belts it out as only he can! My favorite British vocalist of all time! Sadly gone way too soon. ❤

@DZINATOR2

One of the best and wildest Small faces' track.

@bluesage10

That bassline is KICKIN

@IgnorancEnArrogance

The Small Faces sound more modern than many of today's bands!

@ajdoubleu4218

God! Always love this track !

@xavsmash

Fantastic band.... They were cool and so creative !!!!
yeah

@pbstratocaster

Steve shows his GREAT soulvoice. Im the lucky owner of the original single record. A/ My Minds eye. B/ I cant dance with you.

@12hertford

This is a proper band right here!!

@Tales541

Kenney Jones... Great Drummer !

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