What does Dance in the Dark mean?

Lady Gaga: Dance in the Dark Meaning

Album cover for Dance in the Dark album cover

Dance in the Dark Lyrics

Silicone, saline, poison, inject me, baby
I'm a free bitch
I'm a free bitch

Some girls won't dance to the beat of the track
She won't walk away, but she won't look back
She looks good, but her boyfriend says she's a mess
She's a mess, she's a...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Gladwin Capulet
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    Aug 26th 2011 !⃝

    It is all about hiding something that we are feeling insecure about. We are all aware of the fact that people tend to judge, like all the time. Social pressure, constantly surrounding us. Unable to let the pressure drop, until we close the door behind us. Wearing emotion mask, out of insecurity. Acting extremely cheerful, simply to cover the fact that you're dealing with something that you don't want anyone to know. Hiding themselves, fear of losing friends. Fear of prejudice. I'm afraid of people, not being to accept me, the way that I really am. I'm afraid of what they think of me, about me having feelings for a person from the same sex.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 12th 2011 !⃝

    Using the metaphor for "making love" as "dancing", the song is about a girl who's insecure about her body and insists on making love in the dark so that he can't see it.

    The lyrics "she looks good but her boyfriend says she's a mess / now the girl is stressed" and "she looks good but her boyfriend says she's a tramp/vamp / but she still kills the dance" suggest that the girls' insecurities spawn from her partner, saying that she actually does "look good", but her boyfriend tells her otherwise, causing her to develop insecurities.

    When The Fame Monster was released, Gaga stated that each song related to a particular "monster", or "fear", such as "fear of love, fear of men, fear of death", etc. Although she's established Dance in the Dark as the "fear of sex" monster, I think it also really implies "fear of death" (which she said was "Speechless") during the breakdown where she mentions young female icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, JonBenét Ramsey, and Princess Diana, all of which met tragic fates and extremely young ages during the prime of their fame, which must have certainly stroke a chord with 24 year old Lady Gaga who was also becoming one of the world's biggest superstars at the time this was written/recorded.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    May 13th 2011 !⃝

    Dance in the Dark is about a woman making love to a man in the dark because she is afraid of what the man might think of her body.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2020 !⃝

    In an interview she speaks of a darkness or so called the devil speaking to her in a dream that is reoccurring. Said it scared her so bad she called the guru she has can’t remember his name that she called in middle of the night because it comes to her in a dream. Scary shit I think I would have called upon Jesus I don’t think I would have called upon Jesus .. I know I would have fell to my knees to pray. God almighty is the only way the truth and the light. Guru ain’t gonna help

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2017 !⃝


  6. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2014 !⃝

    Who are Sylvia and Benet Ramsey mentioned in the song?
    Its still freaky, why does she mention KILLED GIRLS in her song??? I hear everywhere tha there are satanic songs, i get afraid of it.... so freaky.....

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2012 !⃝

    My interpretation is ritual sex, only performed in the dark, and the fear of being watched

  8. kazaky
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    Apr 14th 2012 !⃝

    Silicone, saline, poison, inject me, : i think she refers to women who do plastic surgeries to just look good because they are not satisfied about their look ...

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2011 !⃝

    It is about inspiring women who died in their prime.

  10. anonymous
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    May 27th 2011 !⃝

    She is self conscious about her body when she is having sex with her boyfriend or whoever... http://www.mtv.ca/news/article.jhtml?id=23159

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