"Dancing On My Own" as written by Robin Miriam Carlsson and Patrik Jens Berger....
Somebody said you got a new friend
Does she love you better than I can?
It's a big black sky over my town
I know where you at, I bet she's around
Yeah, I know it's stupid
I just gotta see it for myself

I'm in the corner
Watching you kiss her
Oh oh oh
I'm right over here
Why can't you see me?
Oh oh oh
I'm giving it my all
But I'm not the girl you're taking home
Ooh ooh ooh
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)

I'm just gonna dance all night
I'm all messed up, I'm so outta line
Stilettos on broken bottles
I'm spinning around in circles

I'm in the corner
Watching you kiss her
Oh oh oh
I'm right over here
Why can't you see me
Oh oh oh
I'm giving it my all
But I'm not the girl you're taking home
Ooh ooh ooh
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)

So far away, but still so near
(The lights go on, the music dies)
But you don't see me standing here
(I just came) to say goodbye

I'm in the corner
Watching you kiss her
Oh oh oh
I'm giving it my all
But I'm not the girl you're taking home
Ooh ooh ooh
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)

I'm in the corner watching you kiss her
Oh oh oh
I'm right over here
Why can't you see me
Oh oh oh
I'm giving it my all
But I'm not the girl you're taking home
Ooh ooh ooh
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)

(I keep dancing on my own)


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"Dancing on My Own" as written by Robin Miriam Carlsson Patrik Jens Berger

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  • +5
    My OpinionI like that I can't distinguish if its "guy" or "girl". Makes the song fit for everyone, regardless of orientation or whatever. The best songs touch everyone. Everyone can find something to relate to in them. That's why the ambiguity in this song is great. The feeling she is describing goes beyond gender or orientation- we have all felt what she is singing about.
    pweenon June 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsorry, when I listen to it (which has been many, many times), I'm hearing 'girl' not 'guy'.
    Gayborhood Gringoon June 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song.. an ex coming back to see her former lover has moved on with a new girl

    I think she is saying "girl" not "guy" .. it just sounds that way cuz of her accent! Listen to any of her interviews on youtube, she has a pretty strong accent.

    As for the gay undertone, I think it could be about 2 girls dancing also..
    dudette26on September 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's possible Robyn has been deliberately ambiguous with the chorus. I think it's possible to get two different interpretations from the song, depending on whether you hear her singing "girl" or "guy":

    The first is obviously from the perspective of a girl watching the person she loves dance with another girl.

    The second is from the perspective of a guy. To me it seems like he is in love with another guy (perhaps his friend), who is straight, and therefore unobtainable. The narrator is watching as his love interest dances with a girl. As the narrator is male, the guy he loves will never see him as a potential partner, hence "I'm right over here, why can't you see me?". The narrator realises it's futile and acknowledges that he will not be "the guy" his love interest will be taking home, because his love interest only takes girls home.

    Either way I think it's a brilliant and beautiful pop song.
    foveauxon June 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningFor me, the song evokes feelings of "being on the outside looking in" from my dance club days. Quite often I lacked the confidence (courage?) to approach women out of a fear of being rejected. In an interview with Pitchfork Media, a Chicago-based daily Internet publication focusing on independent music, Robyn said her song is about feeling lonely in a club. She said "People get drunk and turn into themselves in a way, and they go to experience some kind of emotion. But it's not always about fun. There's a destructive side to it. But I'm more into the empowerment of going out, because it's always been the place where I could be myself and get inspired. Even if I'm sad, dancing is a way to let stuff out."
    rtduncan3on October 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI a lot of girls have found themselves in this situation at least once in their lives; whether it was at the school dance that one time, or at the club that other night, or that one party ^^ This song just seems really relatable and I think that's why it's so great. I'm so glad I heard it on Gossip Girl ^^
    KimberleeJamezon November 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a slower version of the song from the BBC live lounge and it sounds a lot more less ambiguous in that version and sounds much more like "girl"
    jjrobbon March 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dont know what any of yall who says its guy. It always have been and is But I'm not the 'GIRL' your takin home. You cant tell because she said "I know where you at I bet she's around.' She talking about her ex bf being with someone else.
    piper888on July 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song ComparisonI definitely hear it as "guy". I saw it as perhaps an homage to Cyndi Lauper's gender-bending cover of "When You Were Mine" by Prince...
    StarmanDXon August 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've listened to a couple versions of this song and I clearly hear her sing guy though until I read some of people's entries here I wasn't sure what she was singing. I think the beauty of this song is being overlooked in favor of debating "guy" or "girl". Robyn does a fantastic job of conveying the hurt one feels when they are not yet over an ended relationship and then seeing that person with someone else. The pain then is only further increased by them having a good time together and showing intimacy toward each other in an otherwise public place.
    Derfon December 14, 2011   Link

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