Gorillaz: Dare Meaning
Song Released: 2002
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It's coming up
It's coming up
It's coming up
It's coming up
It's coming up
It's coming up
You've got to press it on you
You just think it
That's what you do, baby
Hold it down, DARE
anonymous Jul 31st, 2012 7:49am report
You guys got it all wrong... The reason they call it Dare and say Dare is because Shaun Ryder, the guy singing in the video (not as 2D but as himself), has such a thick Mancunian (from Manchester, England) accent that when he says THERE it comes out as DARE. So replace every DARE with THERE and it makes a little more sense. It's not about truth or dare (seriously?), rather it draws back to classic horror movies, using the Pazuzu from the exorcist, crows for Birds by Alfred Hitchcock, Shaun is supposed to symbolize a Frankestein type monster awakening when the music plays and the zoom on Noodle's eye at the end was taken directly from the Ring. Rosie Wilson took over the voice of Noodle instead of Miho Hatori who voiced Noodle in the first album. Hope this makes better sense of the song! :D
Noodle_Doodle Oct 16th, 2016 10:11pm report
It's a very upbeat and somewhat simple song.
Not every Gorillaz song has a deep, psychological meaning behind it.
Sometimes a fun song is just a fun song.
Dare represents all things to do with joy, fun, excitement and innocence.
It's literally just about being yourself and having a good time.
Noodle (the Guitarist for the Gorillaz, and the girl in this music video) is having fun, dancing about in her bedroom and doing what she wants.
She's a kid, and has that youthful glow, that innocent fun in her.
A lot of people think this song is about masterbation, and I guess that's somewhat understandable, but really I think what it's trying to say is that you shouldn't hide from happiness, you shouldn't hide away and be scared.
You should just have fun.
Listen to the lyrics properly. The video helps too.
It's very simple, really.
It's relatable, what with Noodle dancing alone in her room. It's supposed to remind you of the simple pleasures in life, the fun and the partying, the laughter and the confidence.
Noodle is just.having.fun.
And YOU should too!
Don't worry all the time, simply have fun and be yourself.
Dance. Sing. Play.
You wanna put on loud music and dance around alone in your bedroom? Go ahead!
The word Dare isn't literally supposed to mean dare.
The guy saying it, Shaun Ryder, simply has an accent that makes "There" sound like "Dare".
There's interviews about it as well.
Again, it's very simple.
It's simply a good tune with a great beat, a song that's about having fun. :)
anonymous Sep 7th, 2014 9:23am report
I heard that the song is about you at home pretending to be at a nightclub or dancing somewhere when you are to afraid to dance in public so you so you do it alone where you have no one watching you.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2019 6:58am report
It's dare was original supposed to be "its there" but the guy is cockney southerner so changed it to its dare as the title.
anonymous Feb 1st, 2015 2:03pm report
Its about masturbation? "Its comping up" could mean a lot of things and plus that part wasn't going to be in the song anyway. this part was actually an issue when the song was being made but they liked how it sounded so they kept it in. This would have been called "There" if the whole song went the way it was supposed to go, From what I've read I feel the song is either two things. 1:Its about suppressing dark urges (Unlikely though) and 2:about not being shy (noodle seeming to act much more different then she would in front of others)
Well that's really all I have to say.
anonymous Sep 18th, 2014 9:10pm report
You have to look at the song under the same lens as the rest of the album. The album is about war and cruelty as well as being stuck in a world that one has no control over
so with this known we can deduce that the song describes evil actions or urges rising (It's coming up), and your conscious (Sung by Noodle) trying to suppress the urge (Hold it down), then you evil (sung by Shaun Ryder)side is trying to cokes you into doing it (Never did no harm), later when they are singing in unseen it is because your conscious is wining.
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2014 7:06pm report
I can't say much about an interpretation but I can say a bit about the song history.
The, "it's coming up," part of the song that repeats was actually not originally intended to be put into the song. The guest artist simply couldn't hear himself while in the recording studio and as the volume was being turned up said, "it's coming up," until it finally reached a good volume. Then he said, "it's there." Which got changed to "It's DARE" after they decided to include the lines in the song. I read this somewhere in their book, titled, "Rise of the Ogre".
Also, Noodle recorded this song without the rest of the crew knowing, which is why during the music video there are snapshots of the other's elsewhere throughout the house.
KokoroChiaki Nov 5th, 2013 11:45pm report
I think that Noodle is trying to express herself to the world, being as she is, not caring about what other people would say about it. I see it like it's a ''dare'' to express in front of a society as you are, not really caring about to ''fit in'', just to be as you are, and finding people who accept that. ''Never did no harm'' to try it out, ''and feel like you were there yourself'' ''that's what you do, baby''.
anonymous Apr 10th, 2013 4:17am report
i read somewhere, this song is about masturbating, like cause of his accent it's suppose to say "its there" so "its coming up,its coming up,its coming up, its there" (meaning a erection) and then "you got to press it on you" "hold it down there (dare)" its pretty self explanatory
anonymous Mar 22nd, 2013 3:18am report
In my point of view, Noodle is someone who had the dream of being a football player (as shown at the end of the video) but her/his (dont judge me because i dont know the sex) parents always suppressed him/her. The fact the he/she is alone in a locked room could mean that there he/she could build up his/her own universe, just like millions of teenagers around the world. Was he/she druging him/herself? I dont know but dancing is a recognized way of human expression, and thats the point... Would you DARE to express yourself?
anonymous Jan 8th, 2012 1:07pm report
I think that they were playing truth or dare. And they spun to see if they were doing truth or dare. Which is why it says 'Its coming up' like anticipation. Then it landed on dare which is why it says 'its dare' all the other stuff has to do with them playing the game. Like saying 'Never did no harm' meaning it wont hurt anyone nor has it ever hurt anyone.
'Thats what you do babe' is saying what the person has to do.
anonymous Aug 26th, 2011 8:58pm report
I see it as when it does the its coming up start, that 2D is trying to hide something, and when Noodle sings I remember in the first line she sings "you've got to press it on you , you just think it that what you do baby, hold it down there." She saying to think about this hidden thing, and to hold it down. There is also a part where I forget who speaks "Never did no harm, never did no harm." I'm thinking that up perhaps someone got hurt when 2D opened whatever he is hiding, and he is testifing against hurting anyone.
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