"Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)" as written by Ester Dean, Tor Erik Hermansen, Maureen Anne Mcdonald, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Robyn R. Fenty....
I get up in the evening
And I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain't nothing but tired
Man, I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancing in the dark

Message keeps getting clearer
Radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place
I check my looks in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man, I ain't getting nowhere just living in a dump like this
There's something happening somewhere
Baby I just know that there is


You sit around getting older
There's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake this world off my shoulders
Come on baby the laugh's on me

Stay on the streets of this town
And they'll be carving you up all night
They say you gotta stay hungry
Hey baby I'm just about starving tonight
I'm dying for some action
I'm sick of sitting 'round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
Come on now baby gimme just one look


You can't start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
This gun's for hire

Lyrics submitted by dixy, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Dancing in the Dark" as written by Maureen Mcdonald Ester Dean

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  • +1
    General Commenttegan and sara say that earlier bruce springsteen albums really influenced them as artists.

    i love this cover of dancing in the dark, because the clarity in sara's voice really makes you listen to the lyrics, and sort of rediscover the song.
    quietgreyeyeson March 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSara says that its her favorite Bruce Springsteen song cause it has the word dance and she loves to dance.

    They grew listening to them, their stepdad is a huge Springsteen fan. They credit him for being an influence.
    zujehyon October 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is most definately how im feeling at the moment. its basically saying that i do everything by the book so that the future is something to look forward to becasue youl know everything and just be able to enjoy the life, but your life at the moment sucks becasue its all work and no play.
    Also your independance gets the better of you , until people arnt quite sure wether you want help , or to just be left alone.
    The lyrics "dancing in the dark" may be a euphamism , but it still means a lot to me because sometimes i stay up all night just listening to music ( a lot of tegan and sara) and dancing in the dark depths of my bedroom : its fun because noone can see you.
    KimberlyTartansnatcheron April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI just heard this song by tegan and sara
    and I didn't realize the Bruce Springsteen sang it first,
    but all I know is that when I just heard this song,
    it really inspired me to just keep going on an living,
    I may totally be off about the lyrics
    but I think that it really just sounds like
    someone who is really down and hating thier life
    and then realizing that they need to change there life
    or else it is just going to go down the drain
    and then the other part is another person saying that
    your life is valuable and you cannot start making your
    life valuable if you are just sitting and wasting your life
    away like it is nothing.
    I dunno. i just found this song very powerful.
    vocabulaurenon June 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree.
    plus the lyrics they changed fit perfectly with the song.
    pnutBYSDon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment....this song is about sex.
    zujehyon October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just discovered Tegan and Sara, and it's been a fun ride. In about 3 days I went from discovering Alkaline Trio's cover of "Wake Up Exhausted" with Tegan on backup vocals, to watching just about every video they have on YouTube and deciding to buy all of their albums. Instafan!

    I've had two experiences like this of late - T&S, and also, The Gaslight Anthem, and it turns out both are self-professed massive Bruce Springsteen fans. TGA is more obviously influenced by Bruce, but finding out T&S were is just so exciting. :)
    ncc74656mon March 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. I think it means that he is bored with himself, that he wants to change his life around by getting out of this dump and meet a woman that change his life. Dancing in the Dark means that he is happy to be with the woman and that he doesnt want to worry about negative things in his life. I had all 4 cassettes of Bruce Springsteen and the E street band where i use to put in my walkman cassette player and listen to.
    Sultanason April 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPlease, could someone tell me what mean next words:
    "This gun's on hire
    even if we're just dancing in the dark"
    alex10on October 03, 2013   Link

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