dance your way to love

I think we can all agree that Cheryl Lynn’s song, “Got To Be Real,” is a classic – one of the top ten songs of all time.

Most of the time when it comes on my iPod in the gym, I just want to shake my money maker, but this morning when its catchy, bouncing beat popped through my headphones, I started thinking about the song, and what it meant on a larger scale.

What you find-ah
What you feel now
What you know-ah
To be real!

At first glance, this appears pretty straightforward – Cheryl is talking to us about true love, and how you just “know” when it’s the real thing.

But I think that this is actually Cheryl pleading to us for help.

She has no idea what real love is, and she needs us to help her figure it out while dancing so feverishly that others suspect we are in need of medical attention.  Which we might be.  The diagnosis is clearly Oh I Am Dancing Until Someone Slightly Attractive Goes Home With Me-itis.

She’s asking us – what have you found to be real?  What has felt real?  And finally, what do you know to be real?

Then she gets even more depressing.

Ooh, your love’s for real now
You know that your love is my love
My love is your love
Our love is here to stay

Here she’s saying that because she has no idea what real love is – she’s going to live vicariously through the love we experience with others.  And she’s making sure we know it too by telling us that we “know” it and it “is here to stay.”


In fact – here:


That’s how that makes me feel.

Poor Cheryl just wanted our help, and all we can do is dance, dance.  Like that problem Don Henley had.

Next time you listen to this song, I beg you, for just one second – stop moving your booty like only you can and think about poor Cheryl.

She just wants to know true love, and I think we owe it to her to pay some respect.

(Just a quick note:  I’m going to be entertaining some friends starting today, so tomorrow I will be away.  But have no fear!  I have a guest post (the first ever here!) all lined up and it is really fucking funny and you will love it and their blog – so please check tomorrow for the post and show the writer some love.  Oh the suspense!!!)


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37 responses to “dance your way to love

  1. Matt

    If this is in fact true, I feel like I have been fooled. Here I thought it was a happy, fun, catchy song.

    I will have to dive into this later…after another cup of coffee.

  2. I want to be one of the people dancing behind her in a jumpsuit. I would also need to have a vest on to increase my powerful dance moves.

  3. If you really listen to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” you’ll figure out that it is about a crackhead hooker.

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are.
    Up above the world so high,
    Like a diamond in the sky.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    When the blazing sun is gone,
    When he nothing shines upon,
    Then you show your little light,
    Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    Then the traveler in the dark
    Thanks you for your tiny spark;
    He could not see which way to go,
    If you did not twinkle so.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    Blows your mind, doesn’t it….

  4. Well, now I have that song stuck in my head.

    Thank you so much.

    And the best dance song ever is Michael Jackson. Just…all of him.

  5. Thanks.

    You just totally wrecked that song for me.


  6. And I can’t wait to see who the guest blogger is!!!!

    Yay! I love surprises!

  7. JK

    Poor, poor Cheryl. She was so saddened by the lack of reality in the disco universe, that she sang a song about it. Which of course, those fakers just turned into another unreal club hit.

    I’m with you on this being very sad.

    I will keep dancing to it though. I’ll just make sure to frown while doing it.

  8. Oh good. I was wondering what would be stuck in my head today. Now I know. If I sing this in meetings today and the clients don’t like it, it is on you, my friend.

  9. Thank you for linking “all she wants to do is dance.” That song is amazing.

  10. Crap. So you’re really saying I can’t shake my rear end to this anymore? And now it is forever in my head.

  11. WHO IS THE GUEST BLOGGER? It’s Arianna Huffington, isn’t it.

    Happy Birthday. No, wait, that’s Crissy. What the hell was that post about? I just saw guest blogger and knew it wasn’t me. And then I remembered how my parents loved my older, blonder sister more than they loved me, and I called me therapist because maybe I’m paying too much attention to online relationships and then she talked me off the edge and now I’m sitting here in a heap of self destructiveness because I am not the guest blogger, and also, I’m an only child. SO WHY DIDN’T MY MOM AND DAD LOVE ME?

  12. I’m okay, really. And going to see a movie this afternoon.

  13. and here i was thinking that was c&c music factory… i thought every song from that time was c&c music factory

    speaking of, i’d love to hear your analysis of:
    tryin’ to get a nut to move your butt

  14. Every pop-disco song ever made has a sad sad back story… it’s a fact!

  15. Every time I come to your site I have to plan it so no one can here me laughing. It’s like a covert op over here!

  16. right now all she wants to do is dance and your love is my love are fighting back and forth.

    actually they sound kinda good together, i’m sensing a mashup perhaps

  17. megkathleen

    I have a cold cold heart so I don’t really care about “poor Cheryl” I’m just going to keep shaking my moneymaker.

  18. matt – Let it sink in.

    dan – The vest is imperative!

    momirl – Another example of a crackhead hooker ruining my day.

    kiala – Yeah, I agree.

    kristen – Sorry. And I know! You better be nice and comment.

    jk – I think that’s all she wants.

    megan – Tell them to bring it!

    maxie – Yes! I knew you’d appreciate it.

    marie – No, no, no. Keep shaking it, but just remember her for a moment each time.

    melissa – It’s a secret! I’m sorry your Mom and Dad didn’t love you. It was probably my fault.

    jenny – I’m going to need at least a month to give you my analysis on that one.

    mental – Pain hidden behind glam.

    lissa – Thanks! If they find you, just tell them you’re looking at porn. No. Don’t do that.

    alexa – I like that idea too.

    megkathleen – You bastard!

  19. deutlich

    It’s gonna be interesting seeing someone else post on your blog.


  20. wow, way to get all serious and sentimental on us. i thought i had found another with zero soul, but alas, i am still all alone.

  21. i’ve gots to be real… you sir are a crazy person which is why i heart you so…

  22. Don Henley also likes doing Dirty Laundry or something.

    What if Cheryl was looking for Don Henley the whole time? I just blew my own mind.

  23. I don’t care what it’s about, this is still an amazing song to belt into my hairbrush while shaking what my momma gave me.

  24. Dan

    love this post. hilarious.

    and i’m completely going to be frowning and deep in thought now whenever this song comes on.

  25. um, dan? why did i type dan.

    damn this hangover.

  26. i think i know why i typed dan. i typed the n after the d and the a accidently, meaning to type dam and hoping the rest of the name would pop up so i wouldn’t have to type the whole thing out and does any of this make sense? no? good, because if it does, then i feel sorry for you.

  27. That song always reminds me of the time it was used in Sex and the City.

    Also, I’d love for someone to do a study of the great love songs of all time and if any of the people who sang those songs are still with the people they were with when they sang those songs.

    Immediately eliminated: Layla & I Got You Babe.

  28. Oh I Am Dancing Until Someone Slightly Attractive Goes Home With Me-itis is a real thing.

    I’m a neurologist.

  29. We need to work on your playlist, dude.

  30. I love how sensitive you are.

  31. deutlich – Yes! And fun!

    everygym – No! I’m still souless – I swear!

    julie – Why thank you.

    rs – It just might be crazy enough to work!

    stealth – That is a good point.

    damsel – Um. Yes, I think you thoroughly confused me.

    noelle – No doubt about that.

    jen – I thank you for your medical expertise.

    mickey – Really?

    mindy – I am such a softy when it comes to disco.

    cherry – Yes!

  32. Matt

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one.

  33. cdp

    I’m ashamed. All of the many times I danced and sang to this song, and I never gave poor Cheryl a single thought. Do I ever think of anyone but myself. Wallowing in shame…

  34. Oh I’ll comment alright!

    I’ll comment a lot and a lot.

    Don’t you worry your gorgeous little head there sparky.

  35. Wow I never thought of that song that way. I just like to dance to it and sing like I think I’m part of Motown.

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