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Somebody once told me if I want someone to hold me
I'm gonna have to ask for consent
Cause there's not an ounce of sense and it really is quite dense
To start acting like a certain US President

Cause the dance gets sweeter when you leave some centimetres
You're just trying to have a dance, you're not trying to complete her
Leave a little space between you and them
No matter how slow or fast the BPM

So many moves, so many songs
They'd all be better if we all got along
You don't need a reason to say no
If you get rejected, say "no worries" then off you go

Hey now, you're a dancer, get your shoes on and swing out
Hey now, you're a human, and you have your own boundaries
And as a human too
I respect your boundaries through and through

You're not a mind reader so don't think i'm just a leader
Please don't go presuming my role
We're all here to have fun, and is it so hard to ask someone
What part they want to dance; you should make that your goal

Hey now, you're a dancer, get your shoes on and swing out
Hey now, you're a human, and you have your own boundaries
And as a human too
I respect your boundaries through and through

I'm not riding a high horse, i'm creating a discourse
But forgive me if I sound too severe
It just strikes me as absurd we still have to construct words
To make these sexist, bigoted, offensive, outdated, intolerant, misogynistic attitudes disappear

Cause in all dance places we just want safe spaces
Should be as important as tying your laces
Conversation is what dancing's about
Don't ever feel like you can't speak out

So many moves, so many songs
They'd all be better if we all got along
You don't need a reason to say no
If you get rejected, say "no worries" and off you go

Hey now, you're a dancer, get your shoes on and swing out
Hey now, you're a human, and you have your own boundaries
And as a human too
I respect your boundaries through and through
Yes, as a human too
I respect your boundaries through and through

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from Silly Songs About Swing Dancing, released March 13, 2017

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