Sting: When We Dance Meaning
Song Released: 1994
When We Dance Lyrics
Like I love you
I would walk away in shame
I'd move town
I'd change my name
When he watches you
When he counts to buy your soul
On your hand his golden rings
Like he owns a bird that sings
When we dance, angels will run and hide...
This song very much seems to be Sting describing his spiritual awakening experience, the gnostic bride and bridegroom.
He describes angels running and hiding their wings. Such is when there is spiritual communion between Spirit and Soul-minds, when a certain level is reached, the soul is able to taste spirit without the angels' direct involvement as message-teachers in their upaya (skilled means).
'We'll have children of our own' - this describes that when should makes the transition to Spirit, there is the responsibility to be an angel oneself - to teach other souls to gain enlightenment.
Sting is a great soul on this earth helping us to release our cultural conceptions which bind us. I am thankful to him, his music surely has been a vehicle and he a messenger for my own understanding and awakening. <3<3<3
anonymous Sep 25th, 2015 9:41am report
The song starts when two young lovers meet at school. They dance a pas de deux, but there is another. They are separated, and she marries the safe choice, the other ("on your hand his golden rings, like he owns a bird that sings"). The years pass, but the boy can never forget her. She was the one, and their love is an unstoppable force, even greater than the forces of heaven ("When we dance, the angels will run and hide their wings"). Years later, the smoldering fire causes him to contact her again. They must be together; One day it must come to pass ("I keep the faith in my fashion"), even if he must wait forever ("I will love you more than life, if you'll only be my wife"). Their story is not yet ended. One day it will come to pass.
anonymous Apr 5th, 2013 4:31pm report
For some reason I imagine this song taking place hundreds of years ago, in a more repressed, religious time. It seems like the singer is saying that by coveting another person's wife or committing adultery he will be denied salvation but he can't help it he loves her so much. And the line about "we'll have children of our own" make me imagine she would have to abandon her children because in older times men always had custody of their children if a woman left her husband. Also the line about "counts to buy your soul" might be the other man buying indulgences to ensure his wife will go to heaven. (or it might mean that other man believes marrying her means he owns her body and soul)
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