Tomorrow soon turns into yesterday.
Everything we see just fades away.
There's sky and sand where mountains used to be.
Time drops by a second to eternity.
It doesn't matter if we turn to dust;
Turn and turn and turn we must!
I guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!
Dancin' in the ruins!
Guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!

There's laughter where I used to see your tears.
It's all done with mirrors, have no fears.
There's nothing pure or sacred in our time.
The nights we spent together are no crime.
It doesn't matter if we turn to dust;
Turn and turn and turn we must!
I guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!
Dancin' in the ruins!
Guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!

Like marble statues always flowing lay,
From castles built in silence, let us play.
Even though our skulls rot in our flesh.
We can build a laser, tear the mesh.
It doesn't matter if we turn to dust;
Turn and turn and turn we must.
I guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight! Dancin' in the ruins!
Guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight! Dancin' in the ruins!
Guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight! Dancin' in the ruins!
Guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!
Dancin' in the ruins!


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    General Commenta great song from my favorite record, Club Ninja.
    Flyersfanon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI used to think this song was of an apocolyptic future after a nuclear holocaust and that we should just live for everyday and have fun, but as re-read the lyrics I am wondering if they don't refer to a ruin in europe and the statuary there depicting dancing lords and ladies; also how things may change but these statues last for eternity.
    internalnoiseon October 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy take on this: Its about losing someone you love, but being happy and how everything changes. Another idea is how he'll be happy when the world ends. Wash away the rain, there's nothing pure and sacred about our time and life.
    DreamCouncilon August 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhile watching the 1979 version of the film Nosferatu The Vampyre, there is a scene involving several people that had contracted the plaque. It's called "The Dance Macabre" If you look it up on youtube here youtube.com/…, and start playing it at the same time as the beginning of BOC's song, when the heroin walks in and looks at the coffins the song says "everything we see just fades away" then the chorus sings the first "Dancin In The Ruins" and they are dancing in the scene. B.O.C. also has a song titled Nosferatu as well. Spooky connection.
    sleevemeisteron March 13, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe line, "We can build a laser, tear the mesh," is actually, "We can build a maze of tenderness."

    This fits better and keeps us from having to add post-apocalyptic connotations to the song. The statues, castles and mazes are all parallel elements from medieval times.
    vilewrenchon October 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is BOC's version of 'dust in the wind' and that is all it is saying
    pirate87on February 04, 2012   Link

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