Song of the Day #4,333: ‘Levitating’ – Dua Lipa

With the exception of an album I will get to next week, my go-to jam during the coronavirus crisis has been Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.

The London-born, Albanian singer-songwriter dropped this album three years after her self-titled debut, one of my favorite albums of 2017, and she managed to top herself. Lipa was forced to release the record a week early after an internet leak, but the timing turned out just right. It turns out a throwback disco album with a modern twist is just what the epidemiologist ordered during a worldwide quarantine.

Future Nostalgia is chock full of hit-worthy tracks. First singles ‘Don’t Start Now,’ ‘Physical’ and ‘Break My Heart’ are irresistible club anthems even though all the clubs are closed, and ‘Cool,’ ‘Levitating’ and ‘Hallucinate’ are poised to follow in their tracks.

‘Pretty Please’ slows things down to a sexy jam, while ‘Love Again’ rides a sample of White Town’s Your Woman’ to pop bliss. The album dips a bit with the on-the-nose bawdiness of ‘Good in Bed,’ but that’s a nitpick.

Future Nostalgia is the farthest thing possible from a sophomore slump. It establishes Dua Lipa as one of the very best pop songwriters and performers working today.

[Verse 1]
If you wanna run away with me, I know a galaxy
And I can take you for a ride
I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm
Where the music don’t stop for life
Glitter in the sky, glitter in my eyes
Shining just the way I like
If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of company
You met me at the perfect time

[Pre-Chorus]
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

[Verse 2]
I believe that you’re for me, I feel it in our energy
I see us written in the stars
We can go wherever, so let’s do it now or never
Baby, nothing’s ever, ever too far
Glitter in the sky, glitter in our eyes
Shining just the way we are
I feel like we’re forever every time we get together
But whatever, let’s get lost on Mars

[Pre-Chorus]
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

[Post-Chorus]
You can fly away with me tonight
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m levitating (Woo)
You can fly away with me tonight
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Woo)

[Bridge]
My love is like a rocket, watch it blast off
And I’m feeling so electric, dance my ass off
And even if I wanted to, I can’t stop
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My love is like a rocket, watch it blast off
And I’m feeling so electric, dance my ass off
And even if I wanted to, I can’t stop
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading

[Chorus]
I got you (Yeah), moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night (All night), come on, dance with me
I’m levitating (Woo)

[Post-Chorus]
You can fly away with me tonight (Tonight)
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Take you for a ride)
I’m levitating (Woo)
You can fly away with me tonight (Tonight)
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Let me take you for a ride)

[Chorus]
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You are my starlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me (Come on, dance with me)
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,333: ‘Levitating’ – Dua Lipa

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Okay, I have questions:

    First, how can this be your “go-to-jam” when you are the farthest person from the disco “club” scene I know (excluding myself)?

    And second, since you typically used to listen to music in the car, mostly on your work commute, how and when do you have time for this album to be your “go to jam?” Have you turned your living room into a disco club for your quarantined family to dance the night away?

    • Clay says:

      While I am not a club-goer, I do like pop/dance music when it’s good, and my appreciation of it has definitely increased over the years. Dua Lipa is definitely one of my favorites in this genre.

      As for when/where I listen to music these days… I’m doing a lot of jogging, and sliding music into my usual podcast rotation, plus I spend most of my day working in front of my computer, and use headphones to listen to albums while I’m there.

  2. Peg says:

    I must say it makes you feel like dancing 😊

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