Well, Annie's pretty neat, she always eats her meat
Joe is awful strong, bet your life he's putting us on
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
I'm moving, touch me!

(CHORUS)
John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing
She turns me on, don't get me wrong
I'm only dancing

Oh shadow love was quick and clean, life's a well thumbed machine
I saw you watching from the stairs, you're everyone that ever cared
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
I'm moving, touch me!

CHORUS (x2)

Dancing, won't someone dance with me?
Touch me! Ohhh!



Lyrics submitted by LilBowieGirl


John, I'm Only Dancing song meanings
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  • +4
    General Comment:This song is about a bisexual man who is seen dancing with a woman by his gay lover. While he admits the woman turns him on, he assures his lover that he is "only dancing".
    thinwhiteduchesson February 19, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:"if it makes your tiny little homophobic minds any less horrified, then so be it."

    this is the kind of thing i hate on the internet. someone has a different opinion so you insult them.
    vanityjunkieon May 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I always thought this was about a gay couple at a club or maybe at home and they are arguing about a girl that one was seen dancing with. There's some hints of allegation, but the one is trying convince John that he didn't do anything with her and that they were only dancing. So the accuser is pretty cynical ("You're everyone that ever cared").
    Imani110on September 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I came up with a theory about this song. Basically, it is about a guy who is running around at a party stealing people's coffee. The first verse details a time when he takes Annie out to breakfast in order to steal her coffee. When he takes a sip, he declares, "Joe is awful strong!" and is annoyed with what he feels to be a trick against him (ie the coffee is too strong for his tastes). Then we find him on the dance floor at John's party. He is dancing and simultaneously stealing the dancers' coffee (don't ask me why the partygoers are drinking coffee there, though. Maybe it's a special kind of party). John sees him stealing coffee and the guy declares that he is "only dancing." "You're everyone that ever cared" is the coffee stealer boldly telling John that it doesn't matter if he steals people's coffee; he'll do it whenever he pleases. The line "Dancing, won't someone dance with me?" is when the other dancers realize what the coffee-thief is doing and they all refuse to dance with him. He pleas for sympathy, but to no avail.

    In fact, a couple months ago, I sent an email to David Bowie which was a line-by-line analyzation of the song that demonstrated the theory.
    Sandwich-Mastaon June 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Here's the lowdown of what this song is about.
    A gay caballero loves a bi caballero. The bi caballero dances with Annie, a pretty senorita with a really neat-o personality and a reputation for being great at swallowing caballeros' swords. The gay caballero is way cheesed off to see his both-ways-swinging target of desire dancing with the pretty senorita and thinks she's had occasion to swallow HIS sword. The bi caballero has to explain to the gay caballero that Annie is beautiful and sexy, but he's only dancing with her and she never did anything to or with his sword, and much, much, more importantly, his heart, in any way, shape , or manner.
    CuteSparkinaon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:booooowie!
    total blam blamon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I was told this was about a guy hitting on his male friend and trying to convince him that he's only dacning "She turns me on, don't get me wrong
    I'm only dancing" but he really is in love with John. Makes sense to me but I could have heard wrong.
    steel_soundon March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:People called bowie's dad John. So maybe this song is just about a boy(bowie) who wants to dance, but his father is telling him that its wrong. All fathers get concerned about what their children get up to.
    Anoeon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:People called bowie's dad John. So maybe this song is just about a boy(bowie) who wants to dance, but his father is telling him that its wrong. All fathers get concerned about what their children get up to.
    Anoeon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i would see this pretty literally as the generic boy-dancing-with-friend's-girl story. also: the chameleons cover of this song rules.
    jacob thmon July 19, 2005   Link

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