Dancing in the Plague

A tribute to the human spirit: people who quite simply danced in the face of death. During the medieval Black Death epidemics, which claimed one-third of the European population, some people responded by having huge bonfires at night, and dancing themselves into a frenzy.

Dancing in the Plague Lyrics Below. Song is available for download – Download

“We wanted to write on a time rarely covered, and often pondered the response of some people to the Black Death in the Middle Ages: they made huge bonfires at night and danced themselves into a frenzy.”

Ward Kelley

Lyricist and Owner, Wardco Studios

From the Low Tides Album

Dancing in the Plague

A tribute to the human spirit: people who quite simply danced in the face of death. During the medieval Black Death epidemics, which claimed one-third of the European population, some people responded by having huge bonfires at night, and dancing themselves into a frenzy.

Dancing in the Plague Lyrics

(Whitaker/Kelley 2016)

Verse 1

We don’t know when the disease will strike us,

truly we might not be here, be alive,

next week, tomorrow the bulbs might smite us,

we never know when . . . . . .  Black Death arrives.

Chorus

Life, always capricious, full of love and hate,

now becomes a fatal whirlwind of fate.

Verse 2

The dances always get out of control,

we think if we dance with full abandon,

we can dance far away from the black hole.

But life and death  . . . . . . always go in tandem.

Chorus

Life, always capricious, full of love and hate,

now becomes a fatal whirlwind of fate.

So dance:

Instrumental

So dance

Dance, my humans, dance

Full abandon

Full abandon

Bridge

Ring around the rosie,

Pockets full of posies,

Ashes, ashes,

We all fall down.

Ending

Life and death, always goes in tandem,

Life and death, always goes in tandem,

Life and death, always goes in tandem,

Life and death, always goes in tandem,

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Dancing in the Plague Lyrics and song by Don Whitaker and Wardco Studios

We wanted to write on a time rarely covered, and often pondered the response of some people to the Black Death in the Middle Ages: they made huge bonfires at night and danced themselves into a frenzy.

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Dancing in the Plague Lyrics Below. Song is available for download – Download

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