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This song appears on the album 'Mingus'

This song appears on the album 'The Studio Albums, 1968-1979'

This song appears on the album 'Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced'

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Sweet Sucker Dance

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

I almost closed the door
Cancelled on everything we opened up for
Tonight the shadows had their say
Their sad notions of the way
Things really are
Damn these blues!
They'd turn my heart against you
Since I was fool enough
To find romance
I'm trying to convince myself
This is just a dance

We move in measures
Through loves' changing faces
Needy and nonchalant
Greedy and gracious
Through petty dismissals
And grand embraces
Like it was only a dance

We are survivors
Some get broken
Some get mended
Some can't surrender
They're too well defended
Some get lucky
Some are blessed
And some pretend
This is only a dance

We're dancing fools
You and me
Tonight it's a dance of insecurity
It's my solo
While you're away
And shadows have the saddest thing to say

Love
We can't live without it
Why do we go out and get it
Just to turn around and doubt it
Like we're scared to care
It's hard to talk about it
Aw it's only a dance
Tonight the shadows had their say
There's a sucker born a day
I heard them say
Born to lose
Am I a sucker to love you?

You're such a sweet love
You're a proud man
You're a treasure
Time passes gracefully
Living can be such a pleasure
You make it easy to take it in measures
Like it was only a dance

We're dancing fools
You and me
Tonight it's a dance of insecurity
It's my solo
Blue way
Shadows have the saddest things to say

We are survivors
Some get broken
Some get mended
Some can't surrender
They're too well defended
Some get lucky
Some are blessed
And some pretend
It's only a dance!


© 1978-1979; Crazy Crow Music

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Sweet Sucker Dance has been recorded by 5 others

Chew, Peggy (from "Real Days" - 1999)
Hammett-Vaughan, Kate  (from "So Lucky To Be Me" - 2007)
Mingus Big Band (from "Tonight At Noon: Three Or Four Shades Of Love" - 2002)
Mingus Dynasty (from "Chair In The Sky" - 1979)
Ottaviano, Roberto (from "Portrait in Six Colors" - 1988)
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