Voice Of Love – stories behind the songs. Lady With The Dancing Feet.

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It might be nice to be playing the track Lady with The Dancing Feet from Voice Of Love playing as you read this.

I play music in a number of Care Homes. In particular I tend to play a number of American Songbook standards, songs from the Musicals, London songs and popular songs from the era’s of the 1930’s to around the 1960’s. Some of the residents I play to have dementia and I never fail to be amazed that even some of those with quite advanced dementia still seem to be able to sing along by remembering the lyrics of songs from their youth. I’ve seen the astounded look on some nurses faces as they have witnessed that! There is no doubt in my mind the importance and power of music.

I remember a few years back there was one particular sweet elderly lady in one of the Care Homes who has since passed away. She sat in her chair unable to walk, but her feet would always tap to the rhythm of the music I was playing. I took this as the inspiration for my imaginary song Lady With The Dancing Feet. I contrived a story about a lady who was once a dancer “dancing at the Palais…and kissing in the alley”. She became the Lady With The Dancing Feet in the song whose husband was “taken too soon…” and how she reminisced about her dancing days. She could “melt your heart with her happy smile…” And when I stare at the empty chair I do indeed hope she is reunited with her husband and “I hope she’s dancing somewhere”.

I’ve played the song “live” quite a bit and it’s lovely when people join in on the “pa, pa-pa-pa, pa pa, pa, pa’s” and I do feel it has a catchy chorus. Thanks to Alex Forsyth for adding some tenor horn parts on the recorded version on Voice Of Love.

The full lyrics are here:
The Lady With The Dancing Feet

She was the lady with the dancing feet, and a happy smile
She liked the old songs and tapped her toes, had so much style
She remembered the melodies from long ago
Took her back to the times, dancing at the Palais, kissing in the alley

Every Saturday night, they’d meet at eight
Go dance on the floor, and get home late
A hug on the doorstep, then he’s off in the night
She’ll see him again, dancing at the Palais, kissing in the alley

She was the lady with the dancing feet
Could melt your heart with a happy smile
The sort of person you’d love to meet
She was the lady with the dan-cing feet
She was the lady with the dan-cing feet

They got married and the years passed by, but he was taken too soon
Dreamt of being in her dancing days, hears a favourite tune
A hug on the doorstep, then he’s off in the night
She’ll see him again, dancing at the Palais, kissing in the alley
Chorus

Now she’s gone and I miss her now, I stare at an empty chair
But I know she’s with her love again, and I hope they’re dancing, I hope they’re dancing, I know they’re dancing…. somewhere…
Chorus

Lyrics copyright Vic Cracknell 2018



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