Dance Monkey

“Friends, I predict that during this pandemic, one tune that has popped to the top of the charts will become our “crisis theme” song.

Yeah, I know it’s a pretty easy prediction—every crisis has one.

Years from now, when you hear this tune on the radio, it will flash across your memory banks.

And you’ll yell, ‘Wow, I remember that song. We sang and danced to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. When we were sheltering-in-place. When life sucked like big lemons. But we danced to that song like mad men and women. We pretended to be dancing in the Copa and living the vida loca.’

And when you stretch into your ‘I survived the 2020 coronavirus’ tee-shirt that song’s lyrics will dance across your brain.

“Well Mort, we know it’s tough for a song to be crowned the pandemic theme song. What’s your criteria?”

“Well, I established five key elements for the crown.

The song must:

Catch the vox populi by the privates;

Possess over a billion streams on Spotify;

Have a sexual connotation;

Have one hell of a catchy tune;

And be very danceable.”

“Mort, what’s this song you’re talking about?”

“Well, I nominate “Dance Monkey” by the group Tones and I. The singer is an Australian gal named Tony Watson.

Yeah, I know it hit the charts in November 2019 but so did the initial cases of COVID-19 in China.”

“Mort, I don’t remember that song.

Help us out. Give a clue. Give us some lyrics.”

“Okay, here they are:

‘Just like a monkey I’ve been dancing my whole life

But you just beg to see me dance just one more time

Ooh I see you, see you, see you every time

And oh my I, I like your style

You, you make me, make me, make me wanna cry

And now I beg to see you dance just one more time.'”

“Mort, we think you’re right. That song should be coronavirus theme song.

But only time will tell.

But tonight, I going to dance the night away with my little dance monkey.

About the Author
South Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. Mort is a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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