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Pet Shop Boys

Domino Dancing

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playI don't know why, I don't know how,
playI thought I loved you but, I'm not sure now,
playI've seen you look at strangers,
playToo many times,
playThe love you want is of a different kind

playRemember when we felt the sun,
playA love like paradise,
playHow hot it burned,
playA threat of distant thunder,
playThe sky was red,
playAnd where you walked you always,
playTurned ev'ry head

playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
playAll day, all day, Domino dancing,

playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
playAll day, all day, Domino dancing,

playI thought that when we fought
playI was to blame,
playBut now I know you play,
playA different game,
playI've watched you dance with danger,
playStill wanting more,
playAdd another number, To the score

playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
playAll day, all day, Domino dancing,
playWhen you look around you wonder
playDo you play to win or are you just a bad loser?
playAll day, all day, All day, all day,

playI don't know why, I don't know how,
playI thought I loved you but, I'm not sure now,
playI hear the thunder crashing, The sky is dark,
playAnd now a storm is breaking, Within my heart.

playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
playAll day, all day, Domino dancing,

playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down,
playAll day, all day, Domino dancing,
playAll day, all day, Watch them all fall down

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Neil says that the title of this song was inspired during a stay on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. "In the evening there was nothing to do except play dominoes; this friend of ours [their personal assistant and Chris's roommate, the late Pete Andreas] always used to beat us, and he used to do this celebratory dance." Despite this prosaic origin, "domino dancing" became Neil's metaphor for a love relationship breaking down because of jealousy. As he once described it, he "created a scenario of, you know, a guy going out with a beautiful girl and all the guys are looking at her on the beach in her bikini or whatever and they’re all dropping dead before her because she’s so gorgeous and so consequently he gets jealous and the relationship collapses…."

But this song has also been widely interpreted as a metaphor for what was going on in the early days of the AIDS crisis: carefree young people dancing (a euphemism for sex; at the very least dancing is, as has been observed, "a vertical expression of a horizontal idea") and subsequently collapsing in succession from illness like rows of dominos ( "Watch them all fall down"). Lending some credence to this alternate interpretation, Neil reportedly said of this song, shortly after its release, that it was their "Numbers," referring to a notorious 1983 track by Soft Cell that is indeed about casual sex.

http://www.geowayne.com/newDesign/introspective/domino.htm

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To Threat

Intent to hurt, risk, intimidation

  1. If you tell someone "I am going to kill you," this is an example of a threat.

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