The flowers by your bed are wilting.
The sun is setting in the west.
A fog is covering your eyes,
Your stockings are attracting flies,
Decay is nibbling at the boards on which you rest.

There's someone waiting at your window,
Familiar face without a name.
One night he'll creep in like the mist,
To touch your forehead with a kiss,
And lead you back into the void from whence you came.

We've all begun to die, and don't know what to do.
Since it hurts to pray to God, when God is dying too.
Takes strength to laugh, when you start to drown.
And we dance while the sky crashes down.

Like that the earth begins to quiver,
And all the oceans turn to black.
A ship of maniacs with knives,
Are playing Blackjack with their lives,
To kill the time until the giant rats attack.

It's raining leprosy and acid.
The saints were taken out and shot.
When someone proffers you a pear,
You sink your teeth in unaware,
That just beneath the skin lies pestilence and rot.

All that now breathes, and all that you love,
All that we weave, will find its way back to the dust.

A band of skeletons is playing,
Don't act like you don't know the tune.
Your part is echoed in the path,
Of every dead leaf blowing past,
Against a counterpoint reflected off the moon.

There is a banquet at the table,
Exotic cheeses wines and cakes.
And every one of us is damned,
Until we start to understand,
That living is to gorge ourselves at our own wakes.

When the stakes are high, best to play the clown.
And we dance while the sky crashes down.

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Dance While the Sky Crashes Down Lyrics as written by Jason Webley


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    General CommentThis is a happy little song about death. Plain and simple. The familiar face without a name is probably Death or the Grim Reaper. I wish more people would talk about Webley's songs. Gee whiz.
    peachysmeagolon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat is true, infact when I saw him live he said something to the effect of "This is the happiest song I have ever written......about death."
    fantastic song.
    blackskieslullabyon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song but not well known and it has some clear refrances to armigedon (not the movie)
    ,,!,, (--) ,,!,,on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentclearly death..........
    ,,!,, (--) ,,!,,on April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've seen this guy play live at Red Square at the University of Washington. He's a weird guy and an excellent musician. This song reminds me of Beetlejuice and alcohol and an old, broken down house with moldy, rotten furniture, and pirates, and oddly wise childlike images of Halloween. Of course it's about death.
    pureheartclumsyhandon May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is a victory of life!!!
    Milicaon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely is about the Zelda game, Majora's Mask.

    A face at the window? The moon. People partying? The Clock Town celebration. I mean, come on.
    Jwaxoon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of the most amazing songs I've heard. The talent in the writing is not too far from a complex poem and it has so much meaning within . Of course is about death but with a touch of beauty, horror and decadence .

    I just effin love him.
    dag_102on November 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsounds like it's about an apocolypse.
    it's raining leprosy and acid?
    death and the apocolypse
    put in a very very beautiful way though
    Love it
    Geeorgiaon April 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe world is ending as there's nothing anyone can do about it. No one knows what to do except to just have fun for a few moments and 'dance while the sky crashes down'.

    Well that's what I get from it anyway.
    AnalMagickon August 16, 2009   Link

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