You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977)

You Won’t Dance With Me – April Wine (1977) FLAC Remaster HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Won’t Dance With Me” was released on April Wine’s sixth studio album, Forever for Now, in January 1977. This song has special memories for me and I’ve wanted to get around to it for a long time.

“You Won’t Dance With Me” is a very touching and beautiful ballad…way overlooked, by an equally overlooked (nowadays at least) rock band.

I bought my first April Wine record (The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy) the year before this one was released, and I never stopped listening to this band….the only other video I’ve done for a song by the band was actually from their last studio release 2006’s Roughly Speaking for a song I really love called “Sheila” https://youtu.be/K3zQlnsI-ls

I really gotta get around to doing move vids for some of the many great gems in April Wine’s catalog….so many great songs this band has produced!

The album featured a variety of genres including country and western, Latin, Caribbean, blues, easy listening, and rock.

Initially, the album sold moderately, peaking at #19 on the Canadian charts in March before dropping back down. Then the 1950s-style ballad “You Won’t Dance with Me” became a surprise hit single, selling more copies than any previous April Wine single and breathing new life into the album’s sales. The single and album peaked on their corresponding charts during the same week of July 9, 1977, at #6 and #5, respectively. Both the single and the album were certified platinum in Canada.

[Lyrics]
When I try to phone, they say you’re not at home
I don’t believe that it’s true
And, when we fool around, you always put me down
Now, what am I supposed to do?

When you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

It’s hard to say (it’s hard to say)
What I have to say (what I have to say)
And, I hope you understand (and, I hope you understand)
But, you told Fred (but, you told Fred)
You wished that I’d drop dead (you wished that I’d drop dead)

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!

I used to walk you home, now I walk alone
And, it seems that you don’t care
And, when we’re at school, you say I’m a fool
Why must you treat me so unfair?

And, you won’t dance with me
And, you won’t hold hands with me
And, that’s not the way to be
Girl, you’re treating me bad

So, why should I bother to try?
And, why should I cry
When you don’t want my love?
When you don’t want my love!

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