I Have To Dance
I Have To Dance!
I heard a song with a groovy beat,
Made me want to tap my feet.
Hit the floor like a crazy fool,
Like Fred and Ginger; cool man, cool.
So I wrote my own sweet tune,
A bit of swing, and a bit of croon.
A touch of jazz to fill it out,
And then - a final big band shout.
Now my head just won’t keep still,
The doctor said, Son, take this pill.
But I just threw the drugs away,
I want to feel my body sway.
And though I ache from constant swing,
I don’t care, it don’t mean a thing.
Bring me my jacket, and press my pants,
I’ve lost control, and I have to dance!
I’ve lost control. I have to dance!
I want to find sweet romance.
Like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire,
I have to dance, and I don’t care where.
I want to spin across the stage,
Ignore my aches, forget my age.
So, take me back where I belong,
Right inside that swinging song…
And go, cat, go!
© 2005, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved.
NOTE: About 15 years ago, I was listening to the radio one Saturday morning and the presenter played a song with a groovy beat, and I thought, I really like that. I should write a song with a groovy beat, too. So I did, and this is it.
All the old dance footage is sourced from the Archive.Org website, a massive repository of old books, movies, television shows and music that is either in the public domain or has been shared under a Creative Commons licence.