"We Came to Dance" as written by and Brian Fallon....
We are the last of the jukebox Romeos
We are romantics by the light of the four way
We came to sing out a chorus, reinvent the good times
And bring it all back home again

Honey, we came to dance with the girls with the stars in their eyes
Do the jump back, jack, stop and slide to the right
Never break their hearts, never make them cry, come on
Strike up the band, play a song that everybody knows
If I'm not your kind, then don't tell a soul
I'm not the one who hates bein' alone, so come on

And in this unstable arena
Of what's left or become of my America
I'm askin' this dance so come take my hand, come on
And in this unstable arena
Of what's left or become of my America
I'm askin' this dance so come take my hand, come on

Honey, we came to dance with the girls with the stars in their eyes
Do the jump back, jack, stop and slide to the right
Never break their hearts, never make them cry, come on
Strike up the band, play a song that everybody knows
If I'm not your kind, then don't tell a soul
I'm not the one who hates bein' alone, so come on

And if they end it all
By the end of tonight
If the big bomb drops down
Over this quiet Edison sky

We'll blow one last kiss
To all the beautiful nights like this
Under this central Jersey sky

Honey, we came to dance with the girls with the stars in their eyes
Do the jump back, jack, stop and slide to the right
Never break their hearts, never make them cry, come on
Strike up the band, play a song that everybody knows
If I'm not your kind, then don't tell a soul
I'm not the one who hates bein' alone, so come on

'Cause you ain't never had a night on the town
Like I can show you such a night on the town
And you ain't never had a song you could sing
Well it's a deep dark night and I hear you, I've been there

And these are the songs that we sing
Oh, these are the songs that we sing
You've never seen a two-step
Like when you've seen it from your mama's house

Where the kids flash like lightning
To the very best dancers around
We learned from the very best dancers around
We learned from the very best dancers in town
Come take my hand, cause mama, we came to dance


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"We Came to Dance" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentThis is a good one! "Do the jump back Jack stop and slide to the right" is very catchy. I also love any song with the line "take my hand", so...
    ChloeGirldieon September 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song will save rock and roll.
    FiendAngelicalon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso, I believe it's "Strike up the Badlands song that everybody knows"

    Badlands is a song by Bruce Springsteen. And if you've ever been to a Springsteen show, you know that everybody does indeed know it.
    rsmcknon August 21, 2010   Link
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    My Opinion"We are the last of the jukebox Romeos"
    "And we'll blow one last kiss, to all the beautiful nights like this"
    Brian Fallon you genius...
    PiazzaNewYorkCatcheron November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song three days ago now, and it quickly took the spot in my heart of my favorite song. It's just a genuinely fun, beautiful tale of a man who wants to have a good time with somebody else, and if that's the last night they'll get to have fun on, it'll be just fine, and there's nothing left to do but blow one last kiss to the past, and move along with nothing but fond memories.

    Another fantastic line would be "If I'm not your type, then don't tell a soul." It's part of his plans to get everybody around him to get in on the fun, and not care if they wouldn't make a good pair in the long run. Even if that happens, they can still have a smashing time.

    I don't know why, but whenever I hear this song, I imagine a sort of outdoor seating restaurant, bar, or cafe with a brick dance floor outside. A waist-high white metal fence surrounds the seating area, and anybody can get in if they want, even if they aren't getting anything. A small local band is playing, sometimes just improvising, making some fun music anybody can enjoy, but once everybody gets up dancing, having a great time, they always fall back to "a song that everybody knows."
    AnAwesomeAardvarkon June 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI'm guessing Fallon pulled the line from Springsteen's song, though, since he's a Jersey guy. He probably knew the history of it though. Sometimes I think he uses too many allusions and he's just piecing together other songs into one. Still love it though. And when you hear it, and know where it's from, it's like you're in the know. This song just spells Rock N' Roll to me. It's like "Hey we're not hear to bemoan our celebrity, break guitars, ruin dressing rooms, we came to dance and have a good time." If that's not your bag, there's the door. THE GLA to me is just a good band bringing back rock for Rock's sake. Rock and roll, to me, is only meant to be rock and roll. Fun, loud, and a party. Not drugs, destruction and anger. Maybe angst, or justified indignation, but not screaming.
    rbach48on June 28, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"In this unstable arena,
    of what's left, or become of my America..."
    wooo, powerful.
    Tig45on July 05, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"Jump Back Jack" is a reference to the song "Thundercrack" by Bruce Springsteen.
    DontBackDown89on December 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Jump Back Jack" is from the 1965 James Brown song, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and is likely the name of a dance from the 60's and that would be what is referenced in both this song and the Bruce Springsteen song.
    Fillmoreon March 16, 2010   Link

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