"Dance The Night Away" as written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown...
Gonna build myself a castle
High up in the clouds.
There'll be skies outside my window;
Lose these streets and crowds.
Dance the night away.

Wil find myself an ocean,
Sail into the blue,
Live with the swordfish,
Forget the time of you.
Dance the nught away.

Dance myself to nothing.
Vanish from this place.
Gonna turn myself to shadow
So I can't see your face.
Dance the night away.

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by reverb75

"Dance the Night Away" as written by Alex Brown Wayne Wilkins

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    General CommentWell the meaning of the lyrics is quite plain (I think that first word is "Gonna", not "Goner") but nobody's commented on the music yet... so I will. The ethereal guitar bursts here are superb and extremely innovative for their time (1967). You literally get the feeling of soaring high up through the clouds when you here this tune. It's one of the album's (Disraeli Gears) better tracks, and that's really saying something!
    RayManon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like it's about trying to distance yourself from something or just trying to get away from things.

    Dance myself to nothing,
    Vanish from this place.
    Gonna turn myself to shadow
    So I can't see your face.

    He sings about ways of just getting away from it all and concludes he's just trying to forget about a "her" by saying "So I can't see your face."
    022067on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti guess he's talking about dancing as a means of escape, so that his mind goes to far off, lovely places instead of the painful here and now.
    killemoffon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my all-time favorite songs...
    Moody and atmospheric - like a psychedelic castle appearing from behind the thunderclouds in your mind....
    NomadMonadon May 23, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a great song. But it's pretty dark. Obviously he's gone through a painful breakup. But more than that, I think he's suicidal. There a number of hints: turn myself to shadow, vanish from this place, live with golden swordfish, going high up in the clouds...
    nemmarton September 28, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about growth and separating oneself from those around us who inhibit that growth. The Incredible String Band also has a lot of such songs that talk about finding a little door behind the mind which is the greatest treasure.

    The lofty language of the song emphasizes the desire to remove ourselves from our tiny surroundings and to escape our little pond and go out and develop a more universal mind, see things in new ways (as The Incredible String Band would say, "Cooking soup with stale words and fresh meanings, it tastes so good"), allow ourselves to think new thoughts, dare ourselves to grow. And dance is just about the ultimate symbol for freedom and delight - the sheer joy of escape, freedom, growth. Dance the night away could also mean to dance darkness out of our lives (dance it away, as in throw it away).

    Just my little two cents.
    Fluxiuson January 29, 2016   Link

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