"Dancing With Myself" as written by Tony James and Billy Idol....
On the floors of Tokyo
A-down in London town's a go go
A-with the record selection,
And the mirror's reflection,
I'm a dancin' with myself

A-when there's no one else in sight,
A-in crowded lonely night
Well, I wait so long for my love vibration
And I'm dancing with myself

Oh oh, Dancing with a-myself,
Oh, oh, dancing with myself
Well, there's nothing to lose
And there's nothing to prove, well,
Dancing a-with myself

If I looked all over the world
And there's every type of girl
But your empty eyes seem to pass me by
And leave me dancin' with myself.

So let's sink another drink
Cause it'll give me time to think
If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance
And I'll be dancin' with myself

Oh oh, Dancing with a-myself,
Oh, oh, dancing with myself
Well, there's nothing to lose
And there's nothing to prove, well,
Dancing a-with myself

Well if I looked all over the world
And there's every type of girl
But your empty eyes seem to pass me by
And leave me dancin' with myself.

So let's sink another drink
Cause it'll give me time to think
If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance
And I'll be dancin' with myself

Oh oh, Dancing a-with myself,
Oh, oh, dancing with myself
If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance
If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance
If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance
Oh, oh, oh, oh oh
Oh, oh, oh dancin' with myself.
Oh, oh, dancin' with myself, oh, oh,
Sweat, sweat, etc.


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"Dancing With Myself" as written by William M A Broad Anthony Eric James

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  • +2
    General CommentIts both about masturbation and dancing, double meaning. Some lines fit more with dancing than masturbation and some fit more with masturbation than with dancing.
    ShortStorieson April 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti read this on a few sites as well....

    In an interview, Idol said the song was about the club scene in Japan. They have mirrors set up on the walls, and kids go in and dance with their mirror image instead of with another human being; it's about isolation and dehumanization.
    dontbefooledon October 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you watch VH1 storytellers he says he wrote this song when he was in japan watching girls dance...because they never danced with a partner they were just dancing with themselfs like strippers do.
    tothisbeaton February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is not about masturbation. He wrote this after his visit in a club in Japan. He was curious about a fad there, which actually spread through much of Japan in the era. People did not dance with other people, instead the dance floord were covered with large mirrors and you were supposed to dance in front of them. Japan has such stupid fads...it was once a fad for teenagers to jump into volcanoes...
    The-Dullahanon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about masturbation....
    alehron June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, its about masturbation. Because back in the day when he wrote this song, people were not aloud to sing about sex and what not, so its more of a code for "playing with myself" or however you want to put it
    KaylaB23on January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly Billy can dance with himself
    gilbagon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"with the record selection and mirror reflection"?
    "Oh, world's all wet"?
    "I'm gonna sweat"?

    How could this be about anything but masturbation??
    ivoryjukeboxon March 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI hope its not about masturbation that would ruin the song and the more deeper meaning it could possibly have had. but if it is about masturbation i dont see how these lines could fit..
    "So let's sink another drink
    'Cause it'll give me time to think
    If I had a chance, I'd ask one to dance
    And I'd be dancing with myself"
    ???
    Only Emoon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti would have never guessed this song would be about pleasuring ones self... personaly i found it to be about self liberation..being happy with just yourself and not needing anyone else for anything

    "If I had a chance, I'd ask the world to dance
    And I'll be dancing with myself"

    even if he had the chance for another to accompany him, he'd still choose being by himself

    he wants the world to know hes there..but he also wants them to know all he needs is himself


    "Well there's nothing to lose
    And there's nothing to prove
    And I'm dancing with myself "

    maybe refering to not having to prove anything to anyone or impress anyone when he's by himself..theres no troubles or conflict ..simply the bliss of your own company

    you'll get this completely..or you won't get it at all
    basically im trying to say he's like ha ha, i don't need you people, i have myself...and smirks because he understands why and what his reasons are

    anyway..thats what i personally think the song means..atleast to me..i dont care to much what anyone else thinks..just thought i'd share though
    dontbefooledon October 21, 2005   Link

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