Dancing Like a Gun

Louis Gordon, John Foxx

About Dancing Like a Gun

"Dancing Like A Gun" is the title of a John Foxx song, released as a single in October 1981, taken from The Garden album released a month previously. It was the first John Foxx solo single not to make the Top 40 singles chart in the UK. Smash Hits declared that "despite his recent success Foxxy (sic.) hasn't lived up to his early promise. This has all the ingredients - the pips and the peel - but without the juice".


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Oh do you get the smell of burning metal?
Can you feel that heartbeat under the sea?
Well it's just me and Oppenheimer waltzing
With crowded streets in chromakey

And all the glow boys in their lipstick and shadows
And gold leaf on their delicate skins
Well they can filter through your curtains like nerve-gas
They leave their laughter on the wind

And we're dancing
Yes we're dancing
We're dancing like a gun

Nothing I can see looks like an exit
So I'm making you into a door
You've been a guaranteed constant companion for so long
I'll almost miss you when I go

And there's silence in your silver passing
And stardust scattered over your breasts
Then I looked around and found
All the faces of the world
As the ballroom floor gets fused to glass 
And we're dancing
Yes we're dancing
We're dancing like a gun

We'll walk in the silent places
In the wake of the storms
Swim through our own cathedral
Trailing the dawn...

Dresses of light and ashes
Proud in display
Lovers and enemies
All waltzing in the waves...

Oh we're dancing
Yes we're dancing
We're dancing like a gun

Like a gun

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John Foxx

John Foxx (born Dennis Leigh, 26 September 1948, Chorley, Lancashire, England) is an English singer, artist, photographer and teacher. He was the original lead singer of the band Ultravox before leaving to embark on a solo career with Midge Ure taking his place. Primarily associated with electronic synthesizer music, he has also pursued a parallel career in graphic design and education. more »

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Written by: DENNIS LEIGH

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10 facts about this song

Song Classification
"Dancing Like a Gun" is classified as a Synth-pop and New Wave song, common genres for John Foxx.
Album Details
It is one of the songs in John Foxx's studio album "The Garden", released in 1981.
Lyrics and Theme
The song's lyrics and themes express introspective ideas about the passage of time and the ambiguous nature of love and relationships.
Musical Elements
It features a fusion of electronic music and traditional rock instruments, characteristic of Foxx's matured musical style after leaving his former band Ultravox.
The song showcases Foxx's distinctive, cold and detached vocal style which set him apart from his New Wave contemporaries.
Though not a commercially successful single, "Dancing Like a Gun" has been praised for its innovative fusion of musical styles.
Role in the Album
The song helps to create the moody, introspective atmosphere that is characteristic of "The Garden".
Live Performances
John Foxx has performed the song live on numerous occasions, with performances generally well-received by fans.
Unlike Foxx’s previous singles, "Dancing Like a Gun" did not chart in the UK singles chart.
John Foxx's Career
"Dancing Like a Gun" represents the artist's turn from his more forward-looking synth-based music to a revisitation of his roots incorporating more traditional rock elements.

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