On a warm night in March on a dark disco floor
I danced up a storm like I’d never before
Every step in the book and then some that weren’t listed
For a song or two I felt nothing else existed

Now if a dream curled at your feet
You’d take it home and name it
I’m struggling now to find something to blame it on strobing effects
or perhaps it was that dress
But my eye was captured by a beautiful actress

Now the minutiae is still in my memory writ large
As she danced nearer me with her coy entourage
She tugged at the scarf round her neck it came loose
She flung it and hung it from the disc jockey’s booth

But before I continue one moment’s reprieve
I grant you dear audience a chance to leave
For my tale never ends in that it never started
When the house lights came on I’d already departed

No not one word was spoken nor a glance exchanged
When the sun rose next morning the world hadn’t changed
See we only touched elbows was the plain naked truth
And I can’t even backup my story with proof

We only touched elbows
I felt our bones clunk together
Then the moment was over in a falling feather
An accident sure, but it happened I’ll wrangle!
Our elbows did touch our arms at right angles

Now there’s naught the nosey observer could’ve guessed
But the rock and roll drummer inside of my chest
Everyone’s seen her films and now whisper her name
That we only touched elbows is not such a shame

Because the world’s getting crowded and I can’t see a lapse
It’s not about leaving spaces but filling the gaps
We’re all knocking and bumping strangers all the time
Sometimes we don’t notice, mostly we don’t mind

A foot brushes your ankle on a peak hour bus
Someone’s hand on the small of your back as they pass
A shopkeepers fingers while handing your change
Can lightly brush yours without feeling too strange

But why I felt so alive I can’t quite determine
There could be a world to explain it in German
Some take others home, waking up to regret it
We only touched elbows and I’ll never forget it

Now the innocent DJ still spins his black moons
And keeps us all moving with his faithful tunes
The lights nod in sync they’re mechanically powered
We only touched elbows and I still haven’t showered


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    General CommentI love every verse of this song. The meaning is pretty self explanatory. Darren Hanlon wins at life.
    notethetreeson May 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm not going to read the lyrics...
    but having heard it a few times... isn't it about someone that doesn't know him that he loves
    park11on June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard on the radio it's about Radha Mitchell
    Oochywoochyon June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe mentioned live that the concept is about those creepy old shopkeepers whose fingers linger, just a bit longer than is comfortable, during the exchange of money. Ha!
    ducksandsunshineon April 04, 2009   Link

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