"Dance Anthem of the 80's" as written by and Regina Spektor....
You are so sweet
Dancing to the beat

There's a meat market down the street
The boys and the girls watch each other eat

You are so sweet, so sweet
Dancing and moving to that beat, that beat

There's a meat market down the street
The boys and girls watch each other eat
The boys and the girls watch each other eat
When they really just wanna watch each other
Sleep
They want to watch, to watch each other
Sleep, sleep sleep
Sleep
They want to watch, to watch each other
Sleep, sleep, sleep

You are so sweet
You are so sweet

I'm walking through the city
Like a drunk, but not
With my slip showing a little
Like a drunk, but not
And I am one of your people
But the cars don't stop
And I am one of your people
But the cars don't stop
And it's been a long time since before I've been touched
Now I'm getting touched all the time
And it's only a matter of whom
And it's only a matter of when

An addiction to hands and feet
There's a meat market down the street
The boys and girls watch each other eat
When they really just wanna watch each other sleep

An addiction to hands and feet
There's a meat market down the street
The boys and girls watch each other eat
When they really just wanna watch each other sleep

Sleep
They want to watch, to watch each other
Sleep, sleep, sleep
They want to watch, to watch each other
Sleep, sleep, sleep
They want to watch, to watch each other
Sleep, sleep, sleep

You are so sweet
You are so sweet
You are so sweet
You are so sweet


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"Dance Anthem of the 80's" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +9
    General CommentMy friend and I were discussing this song and we think the interpretation of this song starts with the title itself. It isn't called 'Dance anthem of the 80s' for nothing. The 80s were kind of a period of decadence I believe where casual sex was kind of the 'in-thing' to do (I was born in the 80s so I don't really know for sure, but I know Brett Easton Ellis' novels are situated in the 80s and they are mostly about this kind of stuff).

    So the song is about that lifestyle of decadence and casual/meaningless sex. On the surface this is fun and exciting having sex with a random stranger you pick up at a party or something (you are so sweet, dancing to that beat). This would be the first part of the song before the solo. Picking out some hot guy/girl and getting it on with him/her.

    That this isn't the greatest lifestyle already filters through in the first part. She refers to a meat market, which such a scene could be compared to. Also the seeing 'each other eat' line indicates that it is only about 'consuming' someone else, nothing more. And they all really want to 'watch each other sleep' something which indicates a more substantial and deeper relationship. So, instead of the fleeting sex they want deep down a more meaningful connection.

    After the solo this becomes even more apparent as the main character is walking alone on the street like a drunk, but not. The cars not stopping has a strong connotation with prostitution, but can also be interpreted as the main character saying that he/she is a normal person and just wants someone to stop and take care of him/her and get some genuine affection.

    Finally, the verse with 'it's been a long time since before I've been touched' alludes to that the act of sex is nothing more than a routine and that it is more a matter of with whom it is and when it happens than whether if it happens. This indicates that all the affection and specialness of having sex is long gone. The addiction and repetition at the end indicates even more the routine that is established and maybe a sort 'it's better than nothing, I'm damaged goods anyway' attitude that the main character may have.

    Long post, sorry for that. Love the song and love how Regina makes a seemingly happy song and puts in such a deep and dark meaning (at least as far as we are interpreting it).
    luqonon July 18, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentTo me, this is a very sad song, nothing sweet about it.

    I think it's about people, the dating scene I guess, everyone being so desperate for love, and not getting it. All they really get is dinner, and maybe some empty sex. This bit:

    And it's been a long time since before I've been touched
    Now I'm getting touched all the time
    And it's only a matter of who
    And it's only a matter of when

    ... strikes me as tragic. To me, it reads as a girl regretting her sexual activity. She lost her virginity at an early age and sex is all she knows, but she longs for something more.
    MissAmbson February 18, 2008   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningI think it's very easily about casual sex. I don't really think the prostitute argument is very consistent, but I do think it has at least some merit.

    I also think that the "meat market" signifies the fast pace of the '80s (as it has carried over into modern situations), and "when they really just wanna watch each other sleep" suggests that people have become jaded with the one-night stand culture and want a stable relationship where they can watch their partner "sleep."
    lukelukelukeon April 22, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen she says "i'm one o you people but the cars don't stop" she is talking about prostatotes as her slip i showing just a little
    SeraphimAledaon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Opinioni don't really care what the song means, i just know that the part after the solo is orgasmic.
    lethalinjectionon July 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA character that seems to look on the courtship of the girls and boys like David Attenborough - all knowing of their quirks and follys in love "They really just wanna watch eachother sleep", wants to be involved "I am one of your people", and not be this David Attenborough. They have lowered their inhibitions in order to fit in and wonder the streets "Like a drunk but not" - they want the 'cars' to stop and notice them. CHEESE
    piedoodon June 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd it's been a long time since before I've been touched
    Now I'm getting touched all the time
    And it's only a matter of who
    And it's only a matter of when

    An addiction to hands and feet
    There's a meat market down the street
    The boys and girls watch each other eat
    When they really just wanna watch each other sleep



    these two stanzas are my favorite.
    indierockesson December 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the entire world should be a nudist colony and we should all just go around screwing each other, watching each other sleep, holding each other, and saying nice things
    chelswildfloweron May 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn chelswildflower if only you were the president of the world :)
    dustybreezeon June 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn chelswildflower if only you were the president of the world :)
    dustybreezeon June 01, 2008   Link

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