Don't Forget To Dance

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file

Lyrics:

You look out of your window,
Into the night.
Could be rain, could be snow,
But it can't feel as cold as you're feeling inside.

And all of you friends are either married, vanished,
Or just left alone.
But that's no reason to just stop living.
That's no excuse to just give in to a sad and lonely heart.

Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Don't forget to smile.
Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Forget it for a while.

'Cause darling, darling,
I bet you danced a good one in your time.
And if this were a party
I'd really make sure the next one would be mine.
Yes, you with the broken heart.

Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Don't forget to smile.
Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Forget it for a while.

Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Forget it for a while.

You walk down the street
And all the young punks whistle at you.
A nice bit of old,
Just goes to show what you can achieve
with the right attitude.
As you pass them by
They whisper their remarks one to another,
And you give them the eye
Even that you know that you could be their mother.
You do the thing you love the most.
What separates you from the rest,
And what you love to do the most?
And when they ask me how you dance,
I say that you dance real close.

Don't forget to dance, no, no, no,
Don't forget to dance.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix, album mix/edit (4:34), recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
State Of Confusion 1983 Brazil Arista (Ariola Discos Fonograficos) 812 945-18 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 24 May, 1983 USA Arista AL8-8018 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 24 May, 1983 USA Arista AC8-8018 Cassette
State Of Confusion 10 Jun, 1983 UK Arista 205 275 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
State Of Confusion 10 Jun, 1983 UK Arista 405 275 Cassette
Don't Forget To Dance/Bernadette 30 Sep, 1983 UK Arista ARIST 524 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
State Of Confusion Dec 1983 Germany Arista 610.037-222 CD
State Of Confusion May 1984 USA Arista ARCD-8018 CD
Good Day 10 Aug, 1984 UK Arista ARIST 12577 12" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Jun 1986 USA Arista A2CD-8428 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 1986 Brazil Arista/BMG (unknown) 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 2 Jun, 1986 USA Arista AL11-8428 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Oct 1986 UK Arista 302 778 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Best Of The Ballads May 1993 Germany BMG/Arista 74321 13687 2 CD
The Definitive Collection (26 Original Recordings) Sep 1993 UK Polygram TV 516 465-2 CD
State Of Confusion 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79731-2 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 24 Oct, 2000 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-79733 CD
The Ultimate Collection 27 May, 2002 UK Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023 2 CD set
Greatest Hits 1970-1986 30 Oct, 2007 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822 3 CD set
The Essential Kinks 14 Oct 2014 USA RCA/Arista/Legacy (Sony Music) 88843066622 2 CD set

stereo mix, US single mix (4:15), recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
Don't Forget To Dance/Young Conservatives 1 Aug, 1983 USA Arista AS1-9075 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM

stereo mix, longer edit (4:38), recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
Don't Forget To Dance/Bernadette 30 Sep, 1983 UK Arista ARIST 12524 12" vinyl single, 45 RPM

stereo mix, unique mix with "drier" drums, recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
Don't Forget To Dance/Young Conservatives Oct 1983 Australia Arista K 9065 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Don't Forget To Dance/Young Conservatives Oct 1983 New Zealand Arista K 9065 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM

stereo mix, shorter edit (4:10), recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection) 6 Dec, 1985 UK Starblend TRACK 1 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Backtrackin' - Volume Two Jun 1986 UK Starblend CD TRACK 1/2 CD
Waterloo Sunset - The Very Best Of The Kinks & Ray Davies 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 371 248-9 2 CD set

stereo mix, extended edit (5:05), recorded Sep 1982 (overdubs recorded Oct 1982) at Grand Slam Studios, East Orange, New Jersey (overdubs recorded at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London)
State Of Confusion 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79731-2 CD

stereo mix, recorded Apr 1994 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
To The Bone 3 Oct, 1994 UK Konk/Grapevine KNKLP 1 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
To The Bone 3 Oct, 1994 UK Konk/Grapevine KNKCD 1 CD
To The Bone 15 Oct, 1996 USA Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 2 2 CD set
To The Bone 3 Mar, 1997 UK Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 1 2 CD set

stereo mix, by Trihas & The Tapes, recorded 1996
Kinky Music - Trihas & The Tapes 1996 Holland (self published) TRI-02 CD

stereo mix, Karaoke instrumental by unknown musicians, recorded around 1999
Legends Series Volume 38 - The Kinks about 1999 Taiwan Legends 038 CD

stereo mix, by Monti Beton, recorded 2002
The Kinks Acoustic Songbook - Monti Beton Apr 2002 Austria Beton Music CD-LSP 1884 CD


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