My thoughts on ”Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

Everybody has that one song that stirs intense emotions inside them, and encourages the body to move to the beat. I love to dance! It provides me with mental clarity and emotional stability. As someone who has a hard time expressing themselves, I find that dance is the way to do it when words are insufficient.

We all want to be understood, and I feel that if we could truly speak the words that describe our feelings, I can’t even begin to imagine how deep and powerful they would be. But unfortunately, those words never seem to come to us just right. Dance is the medium through which we show the world who we truly are and who we can be.

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How I feel when I dance. Legit.

”Footloose” is a classic. Very few people don’t know what it is, and whenever it’s played, there usually isn’t a rigid body in sight, myself included. One time, it played while I was out grocery shopping. Before my mind could question the odd song selection for a grocery store, my feet were tapping, my hips were swaying and my arms waved to the beat. For a moment, I forgot embarrassment and dignity. When that song came on, my body just needed to move. I wanted to have fun, and I didn’t care where I was. That is, until my significant other cleared his throat and said ”Umm, babe?”. I opened my eyes, and a woman with a shopping cart full of groceries and two young children glued to her were staring at me. The woman was looking at me disapprovingly, but the children had suppressed smiles. My face grew really hot, and I quickly exited the aisle.

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As embarrassing as that was, I don’t regret that moment. For a few seconds, I felt my worries slip away. I was transported out of that grocery store in to my own fantasy world where I made the rules, where all the girls were envious and all the boys wanted me. I felt powerful. And that’s why I’ll never stop dancing.

This song, I feel, has a pretty clear message; know your limits and let loose! Everyone has to work to get by, but if you don’t stop and enjoy yourself every once in a while, it will drive you crazy. The calls of different names in this songs signifies wanting everyone to join in on the fun, and show that we’re not alone. We’re unique individuals, but we’re very similar.

This may not be everyone’s interpretation of this song, and that’s okay. What’s great about art is that it’s open to interpretation, which then opens a ton of different points of view and possibilities!

FOOTLOOSE LYRICS

Been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I’ve got this feeling
That time’s just holding me down
I’ll hit the ceiling
Or else I’ll tear up this town
Now I gotta cut loose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
You’re playing so cool, obeying every rule
Deep way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for the some-somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You’ll get by if you’d only cut loose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Ooh-whee, Marie, shake it, shake it for me
Whoah, Milo come on, come on let’s go
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
You got to turn me around
And put your feet on the ground
Gotta take the hold of all
I’m turning loose, footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody, everybody cut footloose
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