"Death of a Disco Dancer" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
The death of a disco dancer
Well, it happens a lot 'round here
And if you think Peace
Is a common goal
That goes to show
How little you know

The death of a disco dancer
Well, I'd rather not get involved
I never talk to my neighbour
I'd rather not get involved
Oh

Love, peace and harmony?
Love, peace and harmony?
Oh, very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice
But maybe in the next world

Love, peace and harmony?
Love, peace and harmony?
Oh, very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice
But maybe in the next world
Maybe in the next world
Maybe in the next world

Oh, love, peace and harmony?
Love, peace and harmony?
Oh, very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Oh, but maybe in the next world
Maybe in the next world
(In the next world, in the next world, in the next world)
(In the next world, in the next world, in the next world)
The next world, the next world
Oh

The death of a disco dancer
The death of a disco dancer
The death of a disco dancer


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"Death of a Disco Dancer" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +5
    General Commentif you think Peace
    Is a common goal
    That goes to show
    How little you know

    My favorite lyric of all the Smiths' songs.
    feinsteinon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI always thought this song was about the AIDS crisis and the contempt people showed thsoe who were dying of it in the late 80's. I remember the AIDS jokes. We've come a long way from those days but at that time it was scary how people thought it was so funny that gay people were dying of this disease. It was chilling. I remember being more afraid of people finding out I was gay than dying of that disease. fortunately I never contracted it!
    BobCon June 21, 2002   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI agree with the one post that thought that this was IRA bombing related. There were IRA bombings of discoteques when this song was current. Peace is not a common goal when it comes to issues of peace in Ireland - or any other facet of human life. I always thought that it was about the Troubles, and was surprised to see the AIDS theory. I didn't draw the gay = disco dancer conclusion, but who knows. I wish that this site actually contained the real meanings, and not our imaginative interpretations. I will keep investigating. God Bless Morrissey -.
    Miasmamaon November 20, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it's just being critical of the sort of "hippie" mentality in a lot of music in the sixties and seventies that like to pretend they were all about peace and love but when it came down to it everyone just looked after themselves.

    I think he is just criticising the sentimentality of some pop songs like "Imagine" for example.
    Aurora2on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thought it was cause of gay bashing he said "i rather not get involved" they might fuck him up too and disco people(some not all)were gay
    therefore gay bashing

    other things point it out 2
    z0MbiEon July 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is a satire of The Beatles. It's got a few features typical of their songs such as the climax at the end, and indeed the lyrics seem to ridicule the naivety of the "love peace and harmony" delusions that sixties bands such as the Fab Four had.
    RdeCon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI thought maybe Moz might have been inspired by the murder of Kitty Genovese. She was a girl who was murdered in Queens in front of her apartment. Genovese was attacked three different time over a period of 30 min. Many of her neighbors (up to 38 people according to the NY Times) heard or saw the attack but didn't intervene because as one one woman said she didn't want to "get involved." Great Song! Like everything the Smiths did.
    npsajustinon March 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not so sure- i think its about being depressed. because the disco dancer is supposed to be happy, it can give an outward impression of smiles but it shows the torment inside "Love Peace and Harmony being very nice but in the next world" It also implies suicide as opposed to a disease- the implied next world being better, like asleep for example. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but its my opinion. but the beauty of smiths lyrics is that they can be validly interpreted in many ways. And SouthHibbing condoms are more likely to burst during anal than vaginal sex. Don't ask how i know that, maybe it has something to do with being awake dunring sex ed. lessons.
    Johnnoon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBob, great interpretation. I also might ad that the "rather not get involved" symbolizes the majority of American attitudes towards Aids research and prevention at the time. It was a "Disco Dancer" problem, not worth looking in to.
    mourninggloryon July 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'd rather not talk to my neighbour, I'd rather not get involved"

    -Poor Cow, by Nell Dun
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link

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