Song Lyric Sunday (26 April 2020) – Isolation

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of our hometowns (my selection). This week, he gives us the theme of isolation.

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This week I am choosing a Billy Idol song, it fits the prompt, plus I like his music and have a couple of his albums. I always thought of Billy Idol as the acceptable face of punk. He certainly looked the part with his bleached, spiky hair and his high-tempo music. But, is it me, or have I heard a lot of his songs in soundtracks, consumed by the Hollywood machine? Conformity is definityely not a punk thing!

But the songs are catchy, and this one is no exception. It was first released by Idol’s original band, Gen-X, in the UK in 1980, then re-released in the US, Idol this time singing solo, in 1981. The song only reached #62 in the UK, but reached #27 on Billboard’s Dance chart.

I thought Dancing With Myself was a good fit for today’s prompt. At the moment, we’re doing a lot of things with ourself. The song was written as a collaboration between Idol himself, and Gen-X band member Tony James.

On the floor of Tokyo
Or down in London town to go, go
With the record selection
And the mirror’s reflection
I’m dancing with myself

When there’s no-one else in sight
In the crowded lonely night
Well I wait so long
For my love vibration
And I’m dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself
Oh dancing with myself
Well there’s nothing to lose
And there’s nothing to prove
I’ll be dancing with myself

If I looked all over the world
And there’s every type of girl
But your empty eyes
Seem to pass me by
Leave me dancing with myself

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself
Oh dancing with myself
Well there’s nothing to lose
And there’s nothing to prove
I’ll be dancing with myself

If I looked all over the world
And there’s every type of girl
But your empty eyes
Seem to pass me by
Leave me dancing with myself

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself
Oh dancing with myself
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance

[Scat]

Dancing with myself
Dancing with myself
Dancing with myself
Dancing with myself

If I looked all over the world
And there’s every type of girl
But your empty eyes
Seem to pass me by
Leave me dancing with myself

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself
Oh dancing with myself
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance

Billy Idol, Tony James
Generation X

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday (26 April 2020) – Isolation”

    1. You should get 2 Alexas so they can just talk to each other all day. We had none this time last year, but now have three of these things. I even managed to schedule my bedroom light to tunr on at 9pm each night, ready for when I finally go to bed.

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        1. I started off with a Google Home Mini to control my light, wife liked the idea so got an Alexa to do the light in her bedroom. They were so successful that I got a full-size Google thing for the kitchen (I won’t buy from Amazon). I got a Spotify subscription so both Googles share it and can play whatever music I want.

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