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Dancing On My Own
Song

Dancing On My Own

Robyn
Album:
Body Talk Pt1

Song Background and Meaning of Dancing On My Own by Robyn


Swedish disco diva Robyn perfectly encapsulated the pain and joy of spinning around in circles on the dance floor by yourself for a brief period of solitary success.


She subsequently reflected on the song's inspiration: "I think 'Dancing on My Own' is totally from me just being in clubs and going out and dancing a lot, and seeing people and thinking, 'What are they doing here?'" Lyrically, Robyn's turbulent engagement to Olof Inger, a Swedish MMA fighter and modern visual artist, was beginning to fray while she went deep into recording sessions during the winter of 2009. Robyn, "tired of the broken heart," went back to write about "sad love," a subject that continued to inspire her with new ideas despite remaining a common theme in her writing since it was so universal.


The song, which Robyn co-wrote with Stockholm producer Patrik Berger, cemented her status as a cult classic. But it also served as a model for an entire generation of young singers, from Taylor Swift to Lorde, who were searching for the perfect blend of glitter and sobs. Lorde declared, "To me, this song is perfect." "Joyous even when your heart is breaking."


Guitar Chords and Lyrics of Dancing On My Own by Robyn


[Verse]

 

E         B                      A

somebody said you got a new friend

E         B                      A

does she love you better than I can?

E           B          A

big black sky over my town

E             B                    A

I know where you at, I bet she's around

 

C#m      B                 A

yeah, I know i'ts stupid

A                            E

I just gotta see it for myself

 

 

[Chorus]

 

E          B                    A

I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh..

E              B                   A

I'm right over here, why can't you see me, oh..

C#m           B                       A

I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl your taking home, ooohh..

C#m    B             A

I keep dancing on my own

 

 

[Verse 2]

 

E              B              A

I'm just gonna dance all night

E              B                     A

I'm all messed up, I'm so outta line

 

 

[Refrain]

 

C#m           B             A

Stilettos and broken bottles,

A                             E

I'm spinnin' around in circles

 

 

[Chorus]

 

E          B                    A

I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh..

E              B                   A

I'm right over here, why can't you see me, oh..

C#m           B                       A

I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl your taking home, ooohh..

C#m    B             A

I keep dancing on my own

 

[Interlude]

 

[Bridge]

 

A       B                  A              B                  A

so far away but still so near (the lights go on, the music dies)

A              B                A             B                 E

but you don't see me standing here (I just came to say goodbye)

 

[Chorus]

 

N.C

I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh..

C#m           B                       A

I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl your taking home, ooohh..

C#m    B             A

I keep dancing on my own

 

E          B                    A

I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh..

E              B                   A

I'm right over here, why can't you see me, oh..

C#m           B                       A

I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl your taking home, ooohh..

C#m    B             A

I keep dancing on my own

 

 

[Interlude]

E B A



Release Date

2010

Songwriter/s

Robyn, Patrik Berger

Producer/s

Patrik Berger

Label/s

Konichiwa

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