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  1. European Dance

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A song that is meant to tell a tale but when you try to unravel it, it becomes a bit more twisted than it might first appear.

Lyrics

European Dance (inspired by a Bob Shields poem)

I’m sitting in this bar room
And I’m thinking about regret
And a woman I remember
And a night I can’t forget
I was drinking one last beer
When she walked in to the bar
Her hair was wet and ragged
But she still looked like a star

She was running out of burgundy
And I was running out of beer
We were running out of time
And running out of fear
Then she took me by the hand
And she led me to the floor
And we danced a European dance
I never danced before

We danced a European dance, I never danced before
We danced a European dance, I ain’t ever gonna dance no more

The bartender had closed the bar
By the time we left that floor
Her ring was saying got to go
But her eyes were saying more
I didn’t make her stay that night
And I did not make her cry
It was dreams that made her stay with me
And dreams can’t be denied

We danced a European dance, I never danced before...

Well it was never going to be much more
Than a few hours just the same
That bar was just a place for her
To dry her dress out of the rain
And though we shared that warm embrace
It was only for a little time
Like listening to the jukebox
When it’s someone else’s dime

And if I’m ever in that bar
On another rainy night
And the jukebox plays a waltz time tune
I’ll see her by my side
And I’ll hold her in my arms
And feel her beating heart
And we’ll dance a European dance
Like we’ve never been apart

We danced a European dance, I never danced before...

© European Dance words & music by Tom Fainie 2000