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Fall Out Boy: Dance, Dance Meaning

Song Released: 2005


Dance, Dance Lyrics

She says she's no good with words but I'm worse
Barely stuttered out
"A joke of a romantic" or {just} stuck to my tongue
Weighed down with words too over-dramatic
Tonight it's "it can't get much worse"
Vs. "no one should ever feel...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 2005 11:59pm report


    I think you're all right to a degree, but here's my take on it:

    The title "Dance, Dance" itself is referring to the "game", or in this case Dance of relationships/life.

    In the first verse, "She says she's no good with words but I'm worse" is her attempting to put the blame for her breaking up with him on him. She doesn't really know what to say, but to her, it's clearly his fault. Not to him. The "joke of a romantic" is him vainly attempting to win her back, but he's "Weighed down with words too over-dramatic," meaning there's so much he wants to tell her, but he just can't get it out. After they talk, "Tonight it's 'it can't get much worse' Vs. 'no one should ever feel like..' " is him relating his now current situation to old cliche's. "I'm two quarters and a heart down" means they broke up over the phone (gay). After the breakup, he immediately starts to cling to his memories of them together, not wanting to forget how her voice sounds, etc. He then turns inward, saying "These words are all I have so I'll write them," which is his plan for his final attempt to bring closure to his situation... which sets up for the chorus.

    In the chorus, He's saying that during the game of life, we're all falling apart half the time, it's just how we pick ourselves back up again that makes us who we are. We see all the happy people everywhere in tv, etc., and those are the lives we want to lead. However, he knows that it's never going to be that simple, and just wants her to be happy. He loved her the only way he knew how; with everything he had. She, however, decided to move on, and he wishes the best for her, comparing that the way she feels with the other guy as the complete polar opposite of how miserable he feels.

    Second verse is actually part of their conversation on the phone. This is him calling her out because she has a knack for folding under pressure, or when someone sees her for who she really is (which is exactly who she DOESN'T want them to see, since she in fact hates herself and is insecure). So, "Drink up its last call, Last resort, But only the first mistake and I..." Is him taking a stand and forcing her to make the next move. He's seen through her crap, and her excuses and pathetic attempts at rectifying her actions.

    The third and shortest verse is him telling her to "man up" and show some backbone, because he knows exactly why she wants to break up with him... She's been cheating (or at least thinking about it... 'saving' could mean both in the sense that she doesn't do anything for HIM because she's either ALREADY doing it with the other guy, or she's ABOUT to). Regardless, he already knows... which is kinda his fault for not saying anything earlier, since now she's breaking up with him, when he had the perfect reason to do it earlier to her, but my guess is he just loved her too much.

    The final blurb in the finale "I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me," is saying that he only wants her if she can realize just how much he loved her, and return to her "rightful place"... or he just wants a las "good-bye screw," hahahaha.

    Finally, the song fades out with the title "Dance, Dance," signifying that regardless of what happens with them, the game of life goes on and on.

    ...but that's just what I think.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 2005 11:29pm report


    Correct! The song is about a self-destructive guy who found out his girl is cheating on him.
    'She says she's no good with words but I'm worse' she is offering an excuse of why she can't explain her cheating, but he is having a more difficult time calling her out on it, or can't control her anger. She says she can't explain it, but he might just explode with rage.
    'Weighted down with words too over-dramatic' is a clue to how he uses his words.
    'I'm two quarters and a heart down' the conversation is obviously on the phone (50 cents a call) and he is crushed.

    The chorus moves into the self-destructive thought:
    'dance dance' is him ignoring the reality, good call on that by the way.
    'And these are the lives you'd love to lead' is him wishing he was living the life of the man who his girl is cheating on him with.
    'This is the way they'd love if they knew how misery loved me' is him believing that his girl and her new man don't love each other as much as he did, but they would if they knew the degree of pain it caused him to find out about their escapade.

    'You always fold just before you're found out, drink up it's last call, last resort, but only the first mistake.' is more self destructive thought. He feels is always drops the ball (fold before you're found out), waits until the end to live (drink up last call/last resort), but he doesn't change (only the first mistake).

    'Showing some spine' is a comment about him finally calling her out to take blame for her action, returning to the first verse where she could offered the excuse of 'i can't explain, I'm not good with words'.



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    cherryxbliss
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    Oct 31st, 2005 10:43pm report


    This song is definitely not just nonsense. It's clearly about a guy in a destructive relationship, where the girl spends too much time with other men (or so it is seen by the narrator), and the narrator isn't sure how to deal with it. He wants to get into a huge fight (note the acusitory tone of the words "Why don't you show me the little bit of spine you've been saving for his mattress"), but realizes that it's not going to solve anything ("Weighed down with words too overdramatic"- obviously shows that the girl spends too much time either making elaborate stories of whining/complaining). The chorus shows how it is so much simpler in this situation to just act like nothings happening, to be carefree and innocent, but that it's not possible for him.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2013 4:23pm report


    I think it's about a guy and he's really unpopular so that where the first part she says she's no good..... comes from, and that dancing is the only way that he can feel a little popular, because everyone is cheering for him, and the rest of the song is obvious to what I just said.



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    nekotora
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    Aug 27th, 2010 8:37am report


    Well going off of what the anonymous person at the top of page one said about how the line "I'm two quarters and a heart down" could be a telephone call to her, I think "And I don't want to forget how your voice sounds" could be him listening to her voicemail greeting on her cell phone because the phonecall doesn't go through and he just gets her voice saying, "Leave a message". So going with that and what the anonymous on the second page said about him writing a letter or maybe he's just alluding to writing this song because of "These words are all I have so I'll write them" it sorta pieces the puzzle together, but that's just what I think anyway.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 19th, 2009 11:27am report


    I think this song is about a guy who likes a girl who has been showing signs she likes him too but hasnt said as much. The guy doesn't like to talk about stuff like that with her as he feels that she might not like him as much as he likes her. "Weighed down with words too over-dramatic
    Tonight it's "it can't get much worse"
    Vs. "no one should ever feel like.."
    The girl is a really cool girl but seems to be attracted to guys who arent right for her, she seems to avoid the guys that would treat her right, she likes the 'right guy' but doesn't want people to see she does - "You always fold just before you're found out"
    "Why don't you show me the little bit of spine you've been saving for his mattress" is alluding to him asking her to at least tell him she isn't interested or at least say how she feels instead of avoiding the subject.
    Overall I think it's about a guy liking a girl he feels likes him back but he hasnt made a move and she is getting with other guys and still leading him on. He wants to be her only one but doesn't want to say anything in case it makes her think he's needy or 'over-dramatic'.
    She carries on and he just wants to know where he stands.

    I may be far off but that's just how I see it :)



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2009 5:42pm report


    The song "dance,dance" is about a relationship, obviously, but listen here:
    in the game Dance, Dance Revolution, when you play it at an arcade, you put a quarter or two on the screen to indicate it's your turn, the term "two quarters and a heart down" indicates he's putting his all on the line and it's his turn



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    Mad_dad
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    Feb 18th, 2009 2:27pm report


    This is about a guy who isn't very good at dancing, but he has a curse on him that means he has to try. He fails time and time again so he goes to a girl and asks her to teach him how to dance and then dies. Tis True!! Woof woof woof



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 2009 1:11pm report


    I firmly see the song as about a guy who is awkward socially and hopeless at relationships. The music video shows nerds trying to fit in at a dance, but are hopelessly lost socially. She ends up feeling sorry for him but he "only wants sympathy in the form of [her] crawling into bed with [him]"

    She says she's no good with words but I'm worse (she says she's awkward socially and no good with words, but he feels he is much worse than her)
    Barely stuttered out
    "A joke of a romantic" or stuck to my tongue(once again, he is hopeless at relationships, awkwardly stuttering his words which stick to his tounge and calls himself "a joke of a romantic")
    Weighed down with words too over-dramatic(same stuff as before, ect)
    Tonight it's "it can't get much worse"
    Vs. "no one should ever feel like.."(he knows he's gonna blow it tonight and it can't get much worse and no one should have to feel like this)

    later in the song.....

    Why don't you show me the little bit of spine
    You've been saving for his mattress (she is after another guy but he wants to have sex with her anyways)
    I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me (he knows she feels sorry for him, but all he wants from it is sex)

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Dec 3rd, 2008 12:31pm report


    This song is about a girl breaking up with him over the phone because she was sleeping with someone else.

    "She says she's no good with words but I'm worse,
    Barely stuttered out"

    While on the phone, she told him she didn't know how to say that she wanted to dump him.

    "'A joke of a romantic' or {just} stuck to my tongue
    Weighed down with words too over-dramatic
    Tonight it's "it can't get much worse"
    Vs. "no one should ever feel like.."

    He's saying she was being dramatic while breaking up with him and he doesn't think anything could be worse then how he feels because no one should feel that way.

    "I'm two quarters and a heart down
    And I don't want to forget how your voice sounds
    These words are all I have so I'll write them
    So you need them just to get by "

    He called her via a pay phone and now he's lost 50 cents and his heart is broken. All he has is these words since he doesn't have her anymore.

    "Dance, Dance
    We're falling apart to half time"

    Their relationship is ending before he thought it would. Half time is a reference to football. It's like, they just got started and their relationship is ending.

    "Dance, Dance
    And these are the lives you'd love to lead
    Dance, this is the way they'd love
    If they knew how misery loved me"

    Because he's famous everyone thinks his life is so great and would love to trade places with him but he's saying no one even knows how miserable he is.

    "You always fold just before you're found out
    Drink up its last call
    Last resort
    But only the first mistake and I..."

    He called her out on the phone saying he knew she was breaking up with him for someone else and she clammed up.

    "Why don't you show me the little bit of spine
    You've been saving for his mattress, love"

    He's taunting her and saying don't clam up now.

    "I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me"

    He doesn't want her feeling sorry for him unless he's going to get a pity lay out of it.

    He goes on singing the chorus, reiterating the fact that everyone thinks his life is great when it's really not.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 7th, 2008 4:25pm report


    I think this song is a bout a nerdy guy who like s a girl. It could be a popular girl or they could just be friends. And whenever he tries to talk to her he can't think of anything to say which leads him to a bad/awkward situation. (She says she's no good with words but I'm worse
    Barely stuttered out
    "A joke of a romantic" or {just} stuck to my tongue
    Tonight it's "it can't get much worse")

    But listening to the song and looking at the other lyrics, I think SHE'S no good with words, either, so she just has sex with all the guys she meets.

    I think my interpretations are both right, I just can't put them together.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2008 3:57pm report


    Oh, I thought it was "weighed down with word stew" ahh, I c. That changes a lot.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2008 3:37pm report


    Heck, this is just a song about some guys having a heck of a time.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 30th, 2008 1:18pm report


    This song is all about manipulation. He's "dancing" for a girl and he can't do anything about it because he cares so much. Then the girl keeps asking for more and he can't keep up. She doesn't like him but she keeps screwing with his head. He also wants to have sex with her but she won't "I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me"



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    Chrissy
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    Dec 5th, 2007 12:24pm report


    This song is about the conversation over the phone of a guy and his girl friend who is cheating on him. She is lying to him, which is y she's "no good with words" he's trying to accuse her of cheating("a joke of a romantic stuck to my tongue")by making a joke about her cheating and hopeing she will just tell him the truth. He's two quarters and a heart down because he is devastated his girl friend is cheating, and two quarters down means he's calling from a pay phone. He doesn't want to just break up with her ("and I don't want to forget how your voice sounds")" Dance,Dance is just him being frustrated and angry, lying and saying her he doesn't care about her or what she does anymore. "were falling apart at half time" means their relationship is quickly falling apart. "this is the way they'd love. If they knew how misery loved me" he is talking about the guys she cheats with, and how they would feel if they knew how miserable he was. "Drink up its last call Last resort" means the girl is dating him as a last resort, she would rather be with someone better. Pete says this because he feels like she thinks the girl is cheating because she thinks she's too good for him. " why don't you show me a little of that spine you've been saving for this mattress" This is him telling her to stop being a coward and to admit she's cheating. "love" is him bitterly calling her a pet name. Like "aren't you my love?"



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    anonymous
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    Oct 30th, 2007 10:38pm report


    LOL.....I liked the Led Zepplen coment! Everyone has their own opinion. He's obviously upset because she is having sex with someone, not him. Song seems kind of simple!
    DUH!!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2007 10:34am report


    I think they were stoned beyond the PNR...



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2007 8:12pm report


    "Oh and P.S. To all of you out there who keep saying Pete Wentz is the one singing this, you're a little off... It's Patrick Stump (Who wrote the music)...GET IT RIGHT!"
    Umm, I believe what was said was that Pete wrote the lyrics, so why don't YOU get it right?? And he does back-up vocals, FYI.



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