Walking up to me expecting
Walking up to me
Expecting words
It happens all the time

Present company accepted
Present company
Except the worst
It happens every night

Ah-ahh
Present company
Excluded every time

Ah-ahh
Present company
The best that you can find

Talking like a jerk
Except you are an actual jerk
And living proof that sometimes friends are mean

Present company expect it
Present company
Just laugh it off
It's better than it seems

Ah-ahh
Present company
Excluded in every way

Ah-ahh
Present company
Makes me wanna stay

Killing it with close inspecting
Killing it can only make it worse
It sort of makes it breed

Present company accepting
Presently we all expect the worst
Works just like a need

Ah-ahh
Present company
Excluded in the night

Ah-ahh
Present company
Included in the fight

Ah-ahh
Ah-ahh
Ah-ahh

Don't you want me to wake up?
Then give me just a bit of your time
Arguments are made from make outs
So give it just a little more time

We've got to bring our results
I wanna play it 'til the time comes
But there's a string of divorces
You go and throw your little hands up

I miss the way the night comes
With friends who always make it feel good
This basement has a cold glow
Though it's better than a bunch of others

So go and dance yourself clean
Go and dance yourself clean
You're throwing marks into pieces
Baby, they're arguments, the pieces

It's your show
It's your show
It's your show
It's your show

Work a little bit

Every night's a different story
It's a thirty car pile-up with you
Everybody's getting younger
It's the end of an era, it's true

And you go
Stop, stop, stop, stop

Make me into bigger pieces
It's as though he's home with you
Wait until the weekend
And we can make our dreams come true

And it's a-go
Yeah, it's a-go
And if we wait until the weekend
We can miss the best thing to do

Go and dance yourself clean
Go and dance yourself clean
You're throwing marks into pieces
Maybe they're arguments, the pieces

Oh

We should try a little harder
In the tedious march of the few
Every day's a different warning
There's a part of me hoping it's true



Lyrics submitted by _hideandseek, edited by kidcharlamegne, NZfishboy

"Dance Yrself Clean" as written by James Jeremiah Murphy

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +8
    General Comment:From the lyrics booklet...

    Walking up to me expecting words—
    It happens all the time
    Present company excepted:
    Present company, except the worst…
    It happens every night,
    Present company excluded every time.
    Present company:
    The best that you can find,

    Talking like a jerk except you are an actual jerk
    And living proof, that sometimes friends are mean.
    Present company expect it
    Present company just laugh it off…
    It's better than it seems,
    Present company excluded in every way
    Present company makes me wanna stay go,

    Killing it with close inspection.
    Killing it can only make it worse,
    It sort of makes it breed,
    Present company accepting
    Presently we all expect the worst,
    It works just like a need.
    Present company excluded in the night,
    Present company included in the fight, go,

    Don't you want me to wake up?
    Then give me just a bit of your time.
    Arguments are made for make-ups,
    So give it just a little more time.

    We've got to bring the resources,
    I'm gonna play until the time comes,
    Forget your string of divorces,
    Just go and throw your little hands up.

    It's late, I miss the way the night comes
    My friends know how to make it feel good
    The basement has a cold glow,
    Though better than a bunch of others…

    So go and dance yourself clean,
    Go and dance yourself clean, yeah,
    You're blowing marxism to pieces,
    Their little arguments to pieces,

    Show.
    It's your show.

    Put your little feet down and hang out.
    Every night's a different story,
    It's a thirty car pile-up with you,
    Everybody's getting younger…
    It's the end of an era — it's true.

    And you go: "Stop",

    Break me into bigger pieces,
    So some of me is home with you,
    Wait until the weekend
    And we can make our dreams come true

    And it's a go,
    Yeah it's a go,
    But if we wait until the weekend,
    We could miss the best things to do,

    So go and dance yourself clean,
    Gotta dance yourself clean,
    Yeah and blow the marxists into pieces
    Their little argument to pieces,

    Wish you'd try a little harder,
    In the tedious march of the few,
    Every day a different warning,
    There's a part of me hoping it's true
    AllyS2on May 19, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:This song goes explores the murky moral territory of a failed romantic relationship. It's a land no man wants to inhabit, but according to Greg Gillis "it's better than it seems." But indeed, due to the periodicity inherent in human mood cycles--"it happens every night." Note that's also an allusion to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow!

    This is such a beautiful song. So much depth, too.
    NeedleInTheHayon November 20, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:This song is everything Electro Music should be.
    WildBananaBreadon September 05, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:The first time I heard this song, I had two immediate reactions to the phrase "dance yourself clean." My first thought was of dancing the drugs right out of your system, and not stopping until sobriety. The second, in essence, is the purging of that which is troublesome via dance. No worries, just dance. Real Hakuna Matata, huh?
    HowlingMadon May 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:epic opening track
    hamfohon April 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:one of the most brillant songs i have ever heard
    ERmco23on August 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Are these official somehow? Cause I'm hearing some different things.

    Such as:

    "Present company
    EXCLUDED every time"

    "Present company EXPECT IT" (rather than "expected", makes more sense.)

    "You're throwing marks into pieces" is wrong, but I don't know what it is. That just doesn't have enough syllables.

    "It sort of makes it BREED" (less sense, I know, but there's definitely a hard "d" there.)

    "But THERE'S a string of divorces" (Or something like that. It's definitely not "like".)

    "This BASEMENT has a cold glow
    Though it's better than a bunch of OTHERS"

    "IT'S YOUR SHOW" x4

    What's the extended word after "Work a little bit"?
    "AND YOU GO" (followed by "Stop" repeatedly)

    "It's as though he's home with you" is wrong, but again, I don't know what it is.

    Also, the first "Present company accepted" should be "excepted", it's a saying.


    Other than that, thanks! This song is fantastic.
    ahab3on April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'm not sure on what "dancing" yourself "clean" is, but this song sure as hell is mindblowing.
    tachyonpythonon April 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Loooove this song. <3

    It sounds like 'You're throwing Marxism to pieces' to me.

    I also hear 'Make me into bigger pieces/So some of me is home with you' which DOES make sense. :)

    And I hear 'arguments are made from make-ups', like making up after an argument, only reversed?
    secondhandskyon April 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction:Got a boat load of corrections for this. I print them our last night and wanted to memorize the lyrics so I could actually sing to them but I immediately noticed many mistakes. So I grabbed the paper insert for my This Is Happening vinyl album and here are a bunch of corrections.

    "Present company accepted" -> "Present company excepted" (The first one)

    "Killing it with inspecting" -> "Killing it with inspection"

    "Arguments are make from make outs" -> "Arguments are made for make-ups"

    "We've got to bring our results" -> "We've got to bring the resources"

    "I wanna play it 'til the time comes" -> "I'm gonna play until the time comes"

    "But there's a string of divorces" -> "Forget your string of divorces"

    "You go and throw your little hands up" -> "Just go and throw your little hands up, it's late"
    (extra lyric at the end)

    "I miss the way the night comes" -> "I miss the way the night goes"

    "They're throwing marks into pieces" -> "You're blowing Marxism to pieces"

    "Baby, they're arguments, the pieces" -> "Their little arguments to pieces, show"
    (extra lyric at the end)

    "Work a little bit" -> "Put your little feet down"
    (otherwise he has nothing to say during the long note)

    "Make me into bigger pieces" -> "Break me into bigger pieces"

    "It's as though he's home with you" -> "So some of me is home with you"

    "And we can make our dreams come true" -> "And we can make our bad dreams come true"

    "...a-go" -> "...a go" (x2)

    "And we can miss the best thing to do" -> "And we can miss the best things to do"

    "They're throwing marks into pieces" -> "And blow Marxists into pieces"

    "Maybe they're arguments, the pieces" -> "Their little argument to pieces" (singular argument)

    "We should try a little harder" -> "Wish you'd try a little harder"

    Then the lyrics should be accurate. There was actually a little bit of ad-lib in the recording compared to the written lyrics. It was written as "my friends know how to make it feel good", but the one written here "with friends who always make it feel good" is definitely the way I heard it.
    TiE23on February 27, 2012   Link

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