Alors On Danse – Unraveling the Anthem of Resilience and Celebration


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Stromae's Alors On Danse at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Dancing Away the Dystopia: The Beat That Binds Us
  5. Luxuries and Libations as Escapism: A Toast to Irony
  6. Beneath the Dance Floor: The Hidden Meanings in ‘Alors On Danse’
  7. Anthem for the Anguished: Memorable Lines That Echo in the Soul
  8. Celebratory Defiance: The Club as the Modern-Day Coliseum

Lyrics

Throw your hands in the sky right now
(Alors on)
(Alors on)
Throw your hands in the sky right now
‘Cause it’s going down

Unfortunately for the rest of y’all
I’m way better than the best of all
And even though they focus on just the flaws
This still gonna annihilate the festivals
And we still gon’ sip the Dom Pérignon
And still gon’ eat the filet mignon, ain’t it
Yeah, yeah, yeah I’ve been known
To cover up my eyes with the Ray-Beons

Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on (Throw your hands in the sky right now)
Alors on

Flashing lights, the stress of life
It’s way too much to handle in one night
Live this life like there’s no tomorrow
Wake up in Paris with a Russian model
Throw your hands in the sky
If anybody got five dollars in they pocket right now
I call this club Titanic
Why? ‘Cause it’s going down

Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse

Alors on chante
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
Alors on chante
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

Alors on chante (Throw your hands in the sky right now)
Alors on chante (Throw your hands in the sky right now)
Et puis seulement quand c’est fini
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse

Et là, tu t’dis que c’est fini
Car pire que ça, ce serait la mort
Quand tu crois enfin qu’tu t’en sors
Quand y en a plus et ben y en a encore
Est-ce la zik ou les problèmes?
Les problèmes ou bien la musique?
Ça t’prend les tripes, ça te prend la tête
Et puis tu pries pour que ça s’arrête
Mais c’est ton corps, c’est pas le ciel
Alors tu t’bouches plus les oreilles
Et là tu cries encore plus fort
Et ça persiste, alors on chante

La la la la la la
La la la la la la
Alors on chante
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
Alors on chante

Alors on chante
Et puis seulement quand c’est fini

Alors on danse (Throw your hands in the sky right now)
Alors on danse
Alors on danse (Throw your hands in the sky right now)
Alors on danse (‘Cause it’s going down)

Full Lyrics

Stromae’s ‘Alors On Danse’, a track that resonated with global audiences, is more than just an infectious dance beat. It’s a profound narrative weaving the joys and sorrows, the monotony and the escape of modern life. Through a seamless mix of electronic beats and poignant lyrics, the Belgian artist crafts a contemporary hymn that speaks to the undeniable urge to find solace through movement and rhythm.

Released in 2009, the song quickly rose to become an anthem of resilience, capturing the hearts of listeners with its relatable message and catchy refrain. But what is the deeper significance behind the club beats and the repetitive chorus? Here’s a dive into the undercurrents of this cultural touchstone.

Dancing Away the Dystopia: The Beat That Binds Us

On the surface, ‘Alors On Danse’ moves the crowd with its pulsating electro-beat — a universal language that crosses borders and invites bodies to groove. This shared musical experience becomes a temporary refuge from the chaos of life, sidestepping socio-economic barriers and personal struggles. Stromae taps into this unity, imploring his audience to throw their hands up and dance because, in those moments, everything else fades away.

The rhythm becomes a coping mechanism, a channel to navigate through the stress that is too immense ‘to handle in one night.’ In the hypnotic bass and the rise and fall of synths, there’s an acknowledgment of both the revelry and the despair that can co-exist within each beat — a dichotomy embraced heartily by the masses.

Luxuries and Libations as Escapism: A Toast to Irony

In an almost satirical nod to the way we indulge in luxury to mute our troubles, Stromae mentions sipping Dom Pérignon and feasting on filet mignon. It’s a paradoxical image that captures the essence of escaping our problems through the temporary highs of indulgence. Yet, wrapped in the glamour is a commentary on the fleeting nature of such distractions and the inevitability of returning to one’s woes.

Indeed, through these phrases, Stromae is not just sketching a night out, but illustrating a larger societal tendency to mask our issues with extravagance. It’s about the allure of wealth and the deceptive comfort it promises amidst life’s tumult.

Beneath the Dance Floor: The Hidden Meanings in ‘Alors On Danse’

Stromae is a master of subtlety. His lyrics, ‘Quand y en a plus et ben y en a encore’, translate to a resigned acknowledgment that when you believe your struggles are over, there are always more to follow. It reflects a cyclical and inescapable reality that resonates universally. This line is the dark cloud in the clear sky, the realism that anchors the song in a deeper shared human experience.

The contrast between the upbeat tempo and the somber message spotlights the duality of human coping mechanisms: the need to dance and sing through the pain, juxtaposed with the understanding that these are mere respites rather than solutions. It’s a masterful blend of hope and hopelessness that defines the human spirit.

Anthem for the Anguished: Memorable Lines That Echo in the Soul

‘Et là tu cries encore plus fort / Et ça persiste, alors on chante’ — translates to ‘And then you scream even louder, and it persists, so we sing.’ It encapsulates the crux of the song: the act of crying out in the vain hope that expression alone might end your suffering. Singing becomes the act of releasing one’s inner demons, a collective exorcism occurring on the dance floor.

These memorable lines are a call to arms for anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by life’s incessant trials. It’s a raw, emotional punch that connects with listeners, urging them to let go and find relief, even if temporary, in the act of singing — and by extension, dancing.

Celebratory Defiance: The Club as the Modern-Day Coliseum

‘I call this club Titanic / Why? ‘Cause it’s going down’ — The clever reference harnesses the historic tragedy of the Titanic as a metaphor for the club scene. It’s a nod to the inevitable sinking, the downfalls we experience. Yet, despite the reference to disaster, patrons of the night choose to dance on, much like the musicians of the Titanic who played as the ship sank.

Through the magnetic pull of the beat, the club becomes an arena where everyday gladiators battle their personal turbulences. Here, in this modern Coliseum, we celebrate life in the face of unavoidable defeat, dance in the face of adversity, and through this act of defiance, raises a quiet triumph of the human spirit — embroidered in Stromae’s rhythmic tapestry.

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