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SLS – Save the Last Dance for Me

Jim has been taking us on a musical tour of body parts lately. This week is no different with the inspiration being Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

The song I chose, “Save the Last Dance for Me” always played as the last song of the night at school dances. I loved school dances so much. (Do kids still have school dances?) The idea of saving the last dance of the night for the special person you would be going home with was always such a romantic notion to me.

The song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, released by The Drifters with Ben E. King as lead vocal in 1960.  According to Wikipedia, the song was originally considered to be the B side until Dick Clark considered it the better song and played the flip side.

I looked up an old article online on the New York Times. In a book review of “Lonely Avenue” by  Alan Wright in 2007,  the following is revealed:

The crowning achievement was the Drifters’ sublime “Save the Last Dance for Me.” In a story straight out of Hollywood, Pomus actually wrote the lyrics on the back of an invitation to his own wedding, remembering how it felt to watch his bride dance with his brother, knowing that he himself was unable to navigate a dance floor. “Under his pen,” Halberstadt writes, “the simple declaration of love he set out to write wavered, giving way to vulnerability and fear.”

Source: NYTimes.com, This Magic Moment, March 25, 2007

What a great love story.

Lyrics from SongFacts.com

You can dance
Every dance with the guy who gives you the eyeet him hold you tight
You can smile
Every smile for the man who held your hand ‘neath the pale moonlight

But don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me, hmm

Oh, I know (oh, I know)
That the music’s fine like sparkling wine go and have your fun (yes, I know)
Laugh and sing (oh, I know)
But while we’re apart don’t give your heart to anyone (yes, I know)

But don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me, hmm

Baby, don’t you know I love you so?
Can’t you feel it when we touch?
I will never, never let you go
I love you, oh-so much

You can dance (you can dance)
Go and carry on till the night is gone and it’s time to go (you can dance)
If he asks (you can dance)
If you’re all alone, an he take you home, you must tell him no (you can dance)

‘Cause don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arm’s you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me

‘Cause don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arm’s you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me, hmm

Save the last dance for me, mmm-hmm
Save the last dance for me
Mmm-hmm, save


Rules and ping back to Jim’s SLS post.

21 thoughts on “SLS – Save the Last Dance for Me”

  1. The dances as we knew them really don’t exist anymore. The romanticism has been replaced with thunking base and dirtier dancing than Patrick Swayze in the 80’s. Great choice! This played at school dances when we honored the 50’s-60’s at our own version of Sock Hops. I was borned 2 decades too late!

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    1. Ahhh, sock hops! I remember them although I’m a little later than the norm for them. We lived in a pretty small town so traditions hung around a lot longer. School dances were so much fun.

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  2. I think the only dance I went to in high school was the prom, and even then I didn’t dance much… From what I gather, dances today are formal occasions, kind of like prom back in the olden days (i.e. when I was in high school).

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