Existential Crisis On The Dance Floor

Artist
James Bell
Released
2018
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“Hey it’s okay, this is what I do…”

History

The initial idea for this song came from the film Adult Life Skills, where Jodie Whittaker’s character is taken out by friends to a nightclub. To begin with it seems okay, but then the combination of enjoyment expectations + the difficulty of actual social interaction + alcohol + claustrophobia means that she starts having an emotional crisis on the dancefloor. This scene reminded me that, whilst I occasionally look back on going to clubs in my 20s with a hint of nostalgia, I was actually far more into the music than the experience, because this existential crisis would usually happen every time. Basically, it was a crisis brought on purely by circumstances, and I had normally forgotten about it in the morning. Generally I’m not a fan of existential crises, but they can be useful to remind you that life is short, and you need to be thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life not tomorrow but today. (Oh, also, the riff comes from the traditional tune Once I Loved A Maiden Fair.)

Lyrics

And from the blue
Air punched out of you
And your world shrinks to
These four walls

And the beat goes on
Where’s everybody gone?
How am I back in
The wilderness?

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As I wave
And disappear from view
Hey it’s okay
This is what I do
I fail alone
But I try alone
Anyway

And as the night
Turns to day
As my light
Burns away
I was born alone
I’m going to die alone
Any day now…
—————————————–

Then, below
Speaking soft and low:
“If you used to glow
You’re on fire now”

“And it’s just pain
It’s just passing rain
And you know how to fight this existential crisis
On the dancefloor”

—————————————–
And as I wave
And disappear from view
Hey it’s okay
This is what I do
I fail alone
But I try alone
Anyway

And as the night
Turns to day
As my light
Burns away
I was born alone
I could die alone
Any day now…
—————————————–

So…

Credits & Copyright

Written and recorded by James Bell in November 2018. Released in November 2018. (C) & (P) House of Lyra.

Photo by Victoria Alexander on Unsplash