Friday, March 9, 2012

Ballroom Dancing


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"Ballroom Dancing."



"Ballroom Dancing" is an album track on Paul McCartney's 1982 album "Tug of War." The "Tug of War" album is a brilliant work whose best songs inexplicably weren't released as singles in major markets (the dull title track, however, was). Such was the case with "Ballroom Dancing, a joyful, high energy romp which shows off McCartney's talent for writing positive tunes that don't dwell on social issues or anything like that but are simply fun to hear on your stereo system. Although not released as a single, McCartney did go to the trouble of filming a colorful music video for "Ballroom Dancing."

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While "Ballroom Dancing" is on a Paul McCartney solo album, Paul actually developed the song in the last days of his 1970s group Wings. In fact, "Ballroom Dancing" can be seen as the unheralded dying gasp of Wings. Intending it to be on Wings' next album (which never was to be), the group worked out "Ballroom Dancing" at Finchden Manor in Tenterden, Kent in July 1980. In August, Paul and Denny Laine, his Wings sidekick, recorded "Ballroom Dancing" at Paul's home studio in Sussex. After the death of John Lennon that December, however, Paul terminated Wings and simply released his own album, "Tug of War," using material that he had on hand. The Wings songs worked on during this period were split in two, with half appearing on "Tug of War" and the remainder on "Pipes of Peace." "Ballroom Dancing" made the cut for the first album. It's not a coincidence that these orphaned Wings songs were among Paul's best solo output from that point forward.

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"Ballroom Dancing" is one of my personal favorites and makes my list of most underrated Macca songs. I like those jazzy numbers where Paul isn't trying to be "deep" or solve the world's problems. "Ballroom Dancing" reminds me of a contemporaneous Kinks song, "Come Dancing" (1982). There is just a hint of a big band sound to this and it obviously harkens back to Paul's childhood in the contemporary dance halls. There is also a special treat because Paul shows his lower range on this, something he hardly ever does, and "Ballroom Dancing" lightly echoes the whole "Tug of War" theme with a dance competition. It's a shame that brilliant material like "Ballroom Dancing" is completely overshadowed by the epic nature of Paul McCartney's other classic hits.




Well I used to smile when I was a pup
Sailing down the Nile in a china cup
With the recipe for a lovely day
Sticking out of my back pocket

But it wasn't always such a pretty sight
'cos we used to fight like cats and dogs
Till we made it up in the ballroom

Ballroom dancing, made a man of me
One, two, three, four
I just plain adore your
Ballroom dancing, seen it on TV
I got what I got from ballroom dancing
Big B.D.

Well I used to fly when I was a kid
And I didn't cry if it hurt a bit
On a carpet ride to a foreign land
At the time of Davy Crockett

But it wasn't always such a pretty sight
'cos we used to fight like cats and dogs
Till we made it up in the ballroom

Ballroom dancing, made a man of me
One, two, three, four
I just plain adore
Your ballroom dancing, seen it on TV
I got quite a lot from ballroom dancing
Big B.D

Well it went so fast and we all grew up,
Now the days that passed in the china cup
Are the memories of another day
And I wouldn't want to knock it

But it wasn't always such a pretty sight,
'cos we used to fight like cats and dogs
Till we made it up in the ballroom

Ballroom dancing made a man of me
One, two, three, four
I just plain adore
Your ballroom dancing, seen it on TV
I got quite a lot from ballroom dancing
Big B.D.

Oh!


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