Dancing With A Stranger - Sam Smith and Normani

The Experience: I don't want to be alone... Loneliness... when we're all made to be with someone else...

Music video: Sam Smith and Normani are alternately alone in the same house.  The house is all white: chromatic death. Although their back and forth in the lyrics suggests a hetero relationship, the ghostly figures that appear on and off their tv screen are gay or transvestite, factoring Sam Smith's sexuality and Normani's LGBT advocacy into the song.

The Meaning of Dancing With A Stranger: It's over... and that leaves both of them alone. That's a bad place - I don't wanna be alone tonight. So bad that it throws them both into a new relationship. Neither of them want to - look what you made me do. But there's only one thing that can fill the void - I know exactly what I need to do. Only another person can. And that's why they find themselves dancing with a stranger. Beginning a new relationship - dancing - with all of the risks, and no certainties. 

Ask yourself: Have you ever felt true loneliness?

Album: - (2019)

LYRICS:


Hmm, mhm

I don't wanna be alone tonight ('Lone tonight)
It's pretty clear that I'm not over you (Over you, over you)
I'm still thinking 'bout the things you do (Things you do)
So I don't want to be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight
Can you light the fire? (Light the fire, light the fire)
I need somebody who can take control (Take control)
I know exactly what I need to do
'Cause I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger

[Normani]
I wasn't even going out tonight (Out tonight)
But, boy, I need to get you off of my mind (Off of my mind)
I know exactly what I have to do
I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

[Normani]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger

[Normani and Sam Smith]
Dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger
Dancing, yeah, ooh

[Normani and Sam Smith] Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new (Ooh)
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Ooh)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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