Melody Dances
by Justin Bell

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Sometimes when you're recording an album, there's one song that really drives the whole project for you. With Great Uncle Helmer's Generic Mayhem album, I was most excited about "Chimney". When Urban Rust made the album Leave This Place, I was most excited about "Melody Dances".

No song is more evocative of that era of playing with a rock band in smoky bars (yes, long before smoking bans were a thing) and drinking and staying up late than this one. I love it love it love it. Great job, j bell. I know you're a "don't look back" kind of guy, but I would love to hear this song back in the rotation at a show of yours.

Funny story about giving the fans what they want: Someone in Urban Rust asked me how we should handle requests at bars and I said we should say "We're gonna play Melody Dances and you can go piss up a rope!" This became at least an in-joke and maybe even a rallying cry for that very special group with Justin, Ben, and Carla.

If you want to join me in trying to get Justin to revisit this song, tell him here:

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Lyrics:

She looks over her shoulder now
Keeps her distance looks back around
to look at me as I just look away
She used her quarter on the phone
to call someone who wasn't home
They packed up and left her yesterday
She left her keys in the car outside
and she told me that she didn't need a ride
she wasn't goin' home tonight she'd be alright
But no one's comin' over to her
and she just laughs at the bartender
who smiled and says she's had enough tonight

Now the lights are changin'
and I hope she'll be alright
yeah, now the lights are changin'
and she's callin' me
she's callin' me tonight

Melody dances as the band plays on past one
Her face is warm and her eyes are bright from smilin' at the sun
She looks over her shoulder but the clock stopped hours ago
She's standin' at the corner her lights are changin' now
She's got no place to go

She looks up with her big brown eyes
Says she has to compromise
'Cause that's the only way that things can be
Will she stay until the music's done
but then she's off to find someone
and I was hopin' for a moment that she meant me

Now the lights are changin'
and I hope she'll be alright
yeah, now the lights are changin'
and she's callin' me
yeah, she's callin' me tonight

Melody dances as the band plays on past one
Her face is warm and her eyes are bright from smilin' at the sun
She looks over her shoulder but the clock stopped hours ago
She's standin' at the corner her lights are changin' now
She's got no place to go

Once upon a time she said
so beautiful all glowing red
she knew just where these things all got off track
And after everything went wrong
she danced with me for the last song
then she said she's never coming back

Well now Melody's changin'
and I know she'll be alright
yeah, now Melody's changin'
and she's callin' me
yeah, she's callin' me

Melody dances as the band plays on past one
Her face is warm and her eyes are bright from smilin' at the sun
She looks over her shoulder but the clock stopped hours ago
She's standin' at the corner her lights are changin' now
She's got no place
Melody dances as the band plays on past one
Her face is warm and her eyes are bright from smilin' at the sun
She looks over her shoulder but the clock stopped hours ago
She's standin' at the corner her lights are changin' now
She's got no place to go

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