The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

February 2, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. Here are some fun facts about the song and the band. 

Fun Facts: 

  • Men Without Hats was originally started in 1977 by Ivan Doroschuk, Pete Seabrooke, Dave Hill, John Gurrin. 
  • Numerous musicians joined and left the group in the ensuing years, but by the early 1980s, the band consisted of Ivan Doroschuk, his brothers, Stefan and Colin Doroschuk, and Jérémie Arrobas.
  • “The Safety Dance” was written by Ivan in 1982, and he was inspired to write the song after he got kicked out of a club in Canada for pogo dancing.
  • The song peaked on the Canadian Top 50 chart at number 11 in May 1983.
  • In the U.S. “The Safety Dance” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for consecutive 24 weeks.
  • The music video for the song was directed by Tim Pope, and it was filmed in Wiltshire, England.
  • “The Safety Dance” was certified gold in Canada and silver in the United Kingdom.
  • The song has been featured in other media, including a Lipton iced tea commercial, a “Family Guy” episode, and the film Bio-Dome.
  • Singer Angel Olson released a cover of “The Safety Dance” in 2021 on her EP titled Aisles.

Lyrics:

(LyricFind)

We can dance if we want to

We can leave your friends behind

‘Cause your friends don’t dance

And if they don’t dance

Well, they’re no friends of mine

Say, we can go where we want to

A place where they will never find

And we can act like we come

From out of this world

Leave the real one far behind

And we can dance

Or sing

We can go when we want to

Night is young and so am I

And we can dress real neat

From our hats to our feet

And surprise ’em with the victory cry

Say, we can act if we want to

If we don’t, nobody will

And you can act real rude and totally removed

And I can act like an imbecile

And say, we can dance, we can dance

Everything’s out of control

We can dance, we can dance

They’re doing it from pole to pole

We can dance, we can dance

Everybody look at your hands

We can dance, we can dance

Everybody’s taking the chance

Safety dance

Oh well, the safety dance

Ah yes, the safety dance

We can dance if we want to

We’ve got all your life and mine

As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it

Everything’ll work out right

I say, we can dance if we want to

We can leave your friends behind

Because your friends don’t dance

And if they don’t dance

Well, they’re no friends of mine

I say, we can dance, we can dance

Everything’s out of control

We can dance, we can dance

We’re doing it from pole to pole

We can dance, we can dance

Everybody look at your hands

We can dance, we can dance

Everybody’s taking the chance

Oh well, the safety dance

Ah yes, the safety dance

Oh well, the safety dance

Oh well, the safety dance

Oh yes, the safety dance

Oh, the safety dance, yeah

Well, it’s the safety dance

It’s the safety dance

Well, it’s the safety dance

Well, it’s the safety dance

Oh, it’s the safety dance

Oh, it’s the safety dance

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