"Dancing On The Ceiling" by Lionel Richie. Is It A Metaphor About Doing Cocaine?

Trying a new format with this one.

The heck with posting the video. You probably know the song already or you can quickly google it. Let's get into it.

This song isn't about sweating while dancing.

These are the effects of cocaine when introduced into the body:

Very Hot Body Temperature

Memory of Euphoria

Intense Pleasure

Angry / Anxious / Paranoid

This is what Lionel Richie sings about:

"The room is hot and that's good"

  • Very Hot Body Temperature. Check

"Oh, what a feeling

When we're dancing on the ceiling"

  • Memory of Euphoria. Check.

We have hyperbole, too. Unless you're Spiderman, no one is literally dancing on the ceiling. Or are they? Is that how you remembered it?

"The people startin' a climb the walls"

"Hard to keep your feet on the ground"

  • Intense Pleasure. Check

Again, not Spiderman. Cocaineman more likely. Gravity not needed.

"Everybody start to lose control"

"Can't stop now"

"Is go 'round and 'round"

  • Anxious / Paranoid. Check

Let's spin. Shall we? Maybe not. I don't know. What the heck is going on here?


"We gonna dance all night"

Probably because of that increased heart rate. Upside down Tango anyone?

Nancy Reagan would like to remind y'all to "Say No to Drugs".