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Dancing with a Stranger

Sam Smith & Normani

Dancing with a Stranger Lyrics

[Intro: Sam Smith]
Hmm, mhm

[Verse 1: Sam Smith]
I don't wanna be alone tonight ('Lone tonight)
It's pretty clear that I'm not over you (Over you, over you)
I'm still thinking 'bout the things you do (Things you do)
So I don't want to be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight
Can you light the fire? (Light the fire, light the fire)
I need somebody who can take control (Take control)
I know exactly what I need to do
'Cause I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

[Chorus: Sam Smith]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger

[Verse 2: Normani]
I wasn't even going out tonight (Out tonight)
But, boy, I need to get you off of my mind (Off of my mind)
I know exactly what I have to do
I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

[Chorus: Normani, Sam Smith & Both]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger
Dancing, yeah, ooh

[Outro: Sam Smith, Normani & Both]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new (Ooh)
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger

I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Ooh)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)

About “Dancing with a Stranger”

This track was written during a short break from Sam Smith’s ‘Thrill of it All’ world tour in September 2018. Sam and Normani, by coincidence, were recording at the same time in a Los Angeles studio, and as mutual fans they decided to collaborate. Sam had indicated on several occasions that he wanted to move away from his former focus on sad ballads and record music with faster dance rhythms.

  • How was the track teased?

    The track was teased on Twitter by Sam Smith on January 4, 2019. The post featured both artists at a photography shoot with Maggie West. A snippet of the track was later teased by Sam the day before the track released.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    In an Instagram video clip posted by Sam the day before its release he said, “I want to share my feelings with you … this song, of all my songs, when I wrote it … was a healing moment. It’s simple, but what I was feeling at the time was as deep as I’ve ever felt. I don’t feel that way now. I’m in a very different place now.”

    So the lyric, as with many Sam Smith songs, is autobiographical.

    Sam, in a tribute to his collaborator, Normani, also said, “This song is about me and Normani … I’ve been a fan of yours (Normani) for ages, and what we’ve produced is natural and organic. I love you.

"Dancing with a Stranger" Track Info

Dancing with a Stranger