"Dance Little Liar" as written by and Alex Turner....
I heard the truth was built to bend
A mechanism to suspend the guilt
Is what you are requiring still
You've got to dance little liar

Just like those fibbs that pop and fizz
And you'll be forced to take that awful quiz
And you're bound to trip
And she'll detect the fiction on
Your lips and dig a contradiction up

And the clean coming will hurt
And you can never get it spotless
When there's dirt beneath the dirt
The liar take a lot less time

I'm sure it's clear and plain to me
Its not an alibi you need just yet
Oh no it's something for those beads of sweat
Yes that we'll get you back to normal

And after you have dabbed the patch you'll grieve
And then proceed to scratch the varnish off
That newly added calmness
So as not to raise any alarms too soon

And the clean coming will hurt
And you can never get it spotless
When there's dirt beneath the dirt

The liar takes a lot less

Time to decide on his saunter
Have you got itchy bones
And in all your time alone
Can you hack your mind being riddled
With the wrong memories

And the clean coming will hurt
And you can never get it spotless
When there's dirt between the dirt


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"Dance Little Liar" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +10
    Song MeaningLook, i don't want to sound cocky but this is exactly what it means. Basicaly, it describes lying to your partner and infidelity.

    "I heard the truth was built to bend
    A mechanism to suspend the guilt
    Is what you are requiring still
    You've got to dance little liar"

    He's saying that lies are a way in which he can delay inevitable guilt that will arise when his partner finds out about his wrongdoings. Despite knowing that, he can't help lying. Dance Little Liar being coming up with all sort of excuses to get out of trouble.

    "Just like those fibbs to pop and fizz
    And you'll be forced to take that awful quiz
    And you're bound to trip
    And she'll detect the fiction on
    Your lips and dig a contradicion up"

    The lies will continue to be told and build up (pop and fizz) and soon there will be so much that the partner will suspect and ask questions (awful quiz). Because the lies are so plentiful and therefore complex, he will eventually contradict himself in some way. The partner will detect the dishonestly and realise the contradiction.

    "And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt beneth the dirt
    The liar take a lot less time"

    The inevitable need to go back to square one and tell the truth (come clean) will be painful and damaging to them both. You can never tell a perfect set of lies (spotless) when there is so much of them. The dirt beneath the dirt is lies upon lies. Lying is easier than the truth (the liar takes a lot less time)
    "Im sure its clear and plain to me
    Its not an alibi you need just yet
    Oh no its something for those beads of sweat
    Yes that we'll get you back to normal"

    He wonders whether she has figured his lies out yet, and decides she doesn't and he can manage to evade any "quiz" and an "alibi" isn't needed yet. Its just a false alarm for the time being, the lies may have been discussed but she hasn't yet realised them, and the little panic (beads of sweat) is over (back to normal).

    "And after you have dabbed the patch you’ll grieve
    And then proceed to scratch the varnish off
    That newly added calmness
    So as not to raise any alarms too soon"

    After you evade the "quiz" you'll feel guilty, and try to ensure that she won't ask any more questions in the near future.

    "The liar takes a lot less
    Time to decide on this saunter
    Have you got itchy bones?
    And in all your time alone
    Can you hack your mind being riddled
    with the wrong memories?"

    He wonders whether he should just tell the truth and come clean (decide on this saunter), because of the constant worry of her finding out and constantly trying to avoid the truth (itchy bones). Can you handle the guilt of all the "wrong memories" (cheating/infidelity) and continue to hide the truth, or will you come clean?

    "And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt between the dirt"

    Same as above, except the difference between beneath and between means metaphorically more layers (of lies) than before. Beneath meaning at least 2, between meaning at least 3.

    I doubt this is not what the lyrics mean
    warrenatoron July 22, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is the best song that the Arctic Monkeys have ever written. I know that it's early to call this one, but this is it. The war is over, this song has won.
    Jackster22on August 02, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationOK im going to put forward a rather odd interpretaton here, but i believe it to make sense.

    I heard the truth was built to bend
    A mechanism to suspend the guilt
    Is what you are requiring still
    You've got to dance little liar

    This song is about how different members of the public will react to the arctic monkeys change in direction. the lyrics above basically translate to me as "you are going to lie about liking our new direction and youre going to dance away, feeling guilty that you dont like our new tracks."

    Just like those fibbs to pop and fizz
    And you'll be forced to take that awful quiz
    And you're bound to trip
    And she'll detect the fiction on
    Yr lips and dig a contradicion up

    When people ask you if you like Humbug, you will feel awkward and claim you like it, feeling ashamed that you dont.

    And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt beneth the dirt
    The liar takes a lot less time

    You will like this album a lot eventually, (i believe it to be a grower) however the liars claim to like it instantly

    Im sure its clear and plain to me
    Its not an alibi you need just yet
    Oh no its something for those beads of sweat
    Yes that we'll get you back to normal

    the liar cant cope with the change the monkeys have undergone, he wants more of the happy, poppy, earlier stuff.

    And after you have dabbed the patch you’ll grieve
    And then proceed to scratch the varnish off
    That newly added calmness
    So as not to raise any alarms too soon

    Critics of the album will diss it fairly quickly so as not to raise any alarm that after a few listens, humbug becomes an amazing album.

    And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt beneath the dirt

    The liar takes a lot less
    Time to decide on his saunter
    Have you got itchy bones?
    And in all your time alone
    Can you hack your mind being riddled
    with the wrong memories?

    "can you cope with our change from the way we once were?" :)

    And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt between the dirt

    you will always find fault with humbug, noone ever copes with such a drastic change in musical direction.

    I have seen these situations amongst my friends that have humbug, some hated it, it grew on some, some loved it instantly (little liars... heh heh)

    Well it sounded like i was dissing Humbug in my interpretation and ill be honest its nowhere near as good as favourite worst nightmare or whatever people say, but after a few listens i loved i and im going to see arctic monkeys live for the second time next month :)
    generatorpartyon October 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionLyrically speaking, Dance Little Liar is one of their better songs. One of the better songs from Humbug.
    TalkingMirrorson June 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgain some amazing lyrics. Too abstract to really tell what it's about though.
    Tael!on July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this phrase:

    Can you hack your mind being riddled
    with the wrong memories?

    Lying so ingrained that they don't even know what's true anymore. Memories are now distorted with the lies.
    wayupnorthon August 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds a lot like a song about cheating/infidelity and trying to keep it a secret…although it will inevitably surface.

    Great lyrics and an even better song.
    ms988on September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think tht the lyrics is obviously about a liar and how it's like in the liar's mind. i love the part...

    "Have you got itchy bones?
    And in all your time alone
    Can you hack your mind being riddled
    with the wrong memories?"
    it shows how a compulsive liar lies so much tht he/she becomes unable to differentiates a true memory wit one they themselves made up.

    Sagal838on October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOut of all the songs, this ones popping out at me the most. Certain lyrics are grabbing me more than others, the best I can come up with its about someone putting a façade for the world. They're lying because its an escape or something.. or perhaps lying about being happy... but the guilt is consuming. I don't know, I'm still going to be listening to this track for a while

    --
    And in all your time alone
    Can you hack your mind being riddled
    with the wrong memories?

    And the clean coming will hurt
    And you can never get it spotless
    When theres dirt between the dirt
    --
    psykoangelon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song explains the inside of a liars mind perfectly!

    I love this, Alex Turner is brilliant.

    Once you understand his style of writing and can get what hes talking about all his songs are just genius!
    Killerofthechaseon August 21, 2009   Link

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