"Domino Dancing" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
I don't know why, I don't know how,
I thought I loved you but, I'm not sure now,
I've seen you look at strangers,
Too many times,
The love you want, is of a different kind

All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
All day, all day, Domino dancing,

Remember when we felt the sun,
A love like paradise,
How hot it burned,
A threat of distant thunder,
The sky was red,
And where you walked you always,
Turned ev'ry head

All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
All day, all day, Domino dancing,

I thought that when we fought
I was to blame,
But now I know you play,
A different game,
I've seen you dance with danger,
Still wanting more,
Add another number, To the score

All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
All day, all day, Domino dancing,
When you look around you wonder
Do you play to win or are you just a bad loser?
All day, all day, All day, all day,

I don't know why, I don't know how,
I thought I loved you but, I'm not sure now,
I hear the thunder crashing, The sky is dark,
And now a storm is breaking, Within my heart.

All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
All day, all day, Domino dancing,
All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
All day, all day, Domino dancing,
All day, all day, Watch them all fall down,


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"Domino Dancing" as written by Neil Tennant Christopher Lowe

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    MemoryIIRC this song is from 1988's Introspective. At the time, AIDS was just becoming widely known (the peculiar signs of extreme immunocompromise in gay men, Haitians, people with blood disorders like hemophilia, and IV drug uses had first been noted in 1981, the syndrome was named "AIDS" in '82, and the virus was identified and the name "HIV" coined for it in '86; the earliest known case was in 1959 in West Africa). So while, to the best of my knowledge, Neil and Chis never explicitly said that the song was about HIV/AIDS (gay men were still largely very closeted at the time), it seems likely.

    "Watch them all fall down" sounds to me like a reference to watching friends die. It always makes me think of a string of several OD deaths in the crowd I went with at university.

    Another interesting recollection (this one amusing rather than sad) pertaining to this song: Rolling Stone described the video as the "most homoerotic video ever" or something to that effect, even though it was (superficially, that is) about 2 men in love with the same woman. I was quite young at the time and had difficulty figuring out precisely was meant by "homoerotic." (I was embarrassed to ask anybody, since it was obvious enough from the context that it had something to do with gay sex.)
    picturesofthesunon September 22, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a man who loves a cheater woman which keeps on falling around with some other guys and her ony joy is to let them fall in love with her and then she just let them down.
    he describes her as if she is putting all her lovers in one row then she let them all fall down just as the magician does with the domino rows on the magic shows .
    " DOMINO DANCING " such a beautifull, amazing , briliant magnificent and genius description isn't it
    lennon-mccartneyon May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe pain and misconception of falling in love and falling in lust are all expressed deeply here, u can't fail to be emotionally drawn in to the narrator. Tennant's moral here could be that beauty is only skin deep. I only wish in moments of weakness I could have remembered this song!
    Davehepcaton March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about a gay man feeling miserable about his partners large number of lovers. The line "I've watched you dance with danger, still wanting more" says something about the danger (as in AIDS) when having many gay partners. Domino dancing refers to the fact, that when one gay man in a small community gets the virus, it soon spreads to all.
    svengurkon April 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI suppose you're very right here, svengurk - and I agree, this is a very possible explanation.
    But I also think it can very well describe the dynamics in a straight relationship - or just, any relationship, in which one party is feeling betrayed, cheated on, and cannot do anything but watch from aside. But good songs always have many possible meanings :))
    prozerpineon October 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if the video was made in El Moro fortress in San Juan Puerto Rico? The single cover photo sais "Latin American Party". Agree with svengurk on this one.
    drbrankoon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSvengurk is right on the mark on this one but I think the line: "Do you play to win or are you just a bad loser?" is a rhetorical question Neil adresses to the AIDS virus.
    hemlockroadon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgree with Svengurk. I think the mention of thunder refers to the spread of the AIDS virus and peoples attitudes towards it. " A threat of distant thunder, the sky was red" : People considered AIDS a distant threat and didn't take it seriously, They didn't believe it would really ever effect them.
    "I hear the thunder crashing, the sky is dark
    And now a storm is breaking within my heart" : The "thunder" arrived, it was no longer just a threat, It was real and devastating, and touched the lives of many who never thought it would.
    greensockson June 05, 2007   Link

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