Song Lyric Sunday: American Music

Jim’s SLS challenge this week:

This week is a holiday weekend for us folk over here in America and there will be fireworks and I heard that the gas stations are running low of gas, because a lot of people are filling up their tanks preparing for a getaway. Our theme this week is American music, which is any song played by an American group, so even though ‘American Woman’ sounds like a song you might select, the Guess Who are a Canadian band, so try to find something else and there should be a lot of choices.

I’ve gone with The Boss. I was never a fan, but always loved this as it got my feet tapping every time. I also thought he was a sexy looking guy at the time.

According to WIKI

Dancing in the Dark” is a song written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen. Adding uptempo synthesizer riffs to his sound for the first time, the song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over one million singles in the U.S. It was the first single released from his 1984 album, Born in the U.S.A., and became his biggest hit, helping the album become the best-selling album of his career.

“Dancing in the Dark” was also successful worldwide, becoming Australia’s highest-selling single of 1984 (despite peaking at number five on the Kent Music Report), peaking at number one in Belgium and the Netherlands, and charting within the top 10 in seven other countries.

The song is listed among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Directed by Brian De Palma, the video was shot at the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on June 28 and 29, 1984. The first night was a pure video shoot, the second was on the opening date of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the song twice during that show to allow De Palma to get all the footage he needed. The video is a straight performance video, with Springsteen not playing a guitar, allowing him to invite a young woman from the audience, performed by Courteney Cox, to dance along with him on the stage at the end. Although De Palma had told him that it was she whom he was supposed to select, Springsteen thought she was just a pre-selected fan attending and did not know until afterward that she was a professional actress, brought in from New York City, who had already played in As the World Turns. Despite this Cox has stated that she was one of many that Springsteen could have selected and that she was secretly hoping to not be picked. The video initially included a storyline in which Cox and several of her friends were getting ready to go to the concert with one of them getting picked. Vignettes were shot for this although they remained unused.
In September 1985, the video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance and was nominated for Best Overall Performance . Actor Alfonso Ribeiro later claimed to have drawn inspiration from Cox’s dancing in the video in developing “The Carlton” for his character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Lyrics courtesy

“Dancing In The Dark”

I get up in the evening
And I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain’t nothing but tired
Man I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Messages keep getting clearer
Radio’s on and I’m moving ’round my place
I check my look in the mirror
Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
Baby I just know there is

Can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older
There’s a joke, here somewhere and it’s on me
I shake this world off my shoulders
Come on baby the laugh’s on me

Stay on the streets of this town
And they’ll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry
Hey baby I’m just about starving tonight
I’m dying for some action
I’m sick of sitting ’round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
Come on now baby gimme just one look

Can’t start a fire sitting ’round crying over a broken heart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
You can’t start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Hey baby

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday: American Music

  1. Great song and video Di, Bruce is the ultimate rocker.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Great choice 💜

  3. Carol anne says:

    I was never a fan of springstein either!
    However, I do like this song!

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