Dancing in the Dark

DancingInTheDark

Ah, Bruce Springsteen . . . be still my beating heart. I could listen to the man sing all day and all night.

His music has evolved over the years, but I can honestly say that I love the entire body of his work.

My long-time favorite, “Dancing in the Dark”, was the first single released from his 1984 album, Born in the U. S. A., becoming his greatest hit to date. It spent four weeks at #2 on Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over one million singles in the U. S. alone. It garnered The Boss his first Grammy award in 1985 for Best Rock Vocal Performance and won MTV’s Video Music Award For Best Stage Performance. In 1984, Rolling Stone readers voted it single of the year.

The video below features Courteney Cox–at the time an unknown actress–as the lady Bruce pulls out of the audience near the end of the song to dance onstage with him. Lucky woman!

Dancing in the Dark

By Bruce Springsteen

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

Message keeps getting clearer
Radio’s on and I’m moving ’round the place
I check my look in the mirror
I want to 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 that there is

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

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

You 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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