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Dan, My Fling

Released by Carly Simon in 1971
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This version of Dan, My Fling was released by Carly Simon in 1971.

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I said that I felt jailed up
As if our doors were nailed up
I said I needed separate places,
Parties, room to move around in.
I said I needed my fling
Had to get out and do some other thing.
It took me months to calculate
That I had nothing left without you-

Dan, my fling is all flung out
Now I’ve got to fall back on dreams

I thought I’d try and write you
I thought I’d try and phone you
I thought I’d try to tell you
That I smell your hair still on my pillow
But you’d just mile to please me
You’d shake your head, you’d tease me –
Remind me it was I who first claimed
That we both required freedom

I’d dream up schemes to meet you,
I’d nonchalantly greet you,
I’d ask you up for coffee
Anytime you had an hour open.
You say you like my hair long,
You ask me if I’ve written any new songs,
You’d laugh, you’d turn and cross the street
And leave me dizzy with your laughter –

I hear you’re leaving this town,
You and some girl gonna travel around,
You bought a car with foldback seats,
you’ll camp out by the lakes and forests.
I lie alone in our old bed,
Your laughter it’s echoin’ inside my head.
I close my eyes, I smell your hair
It’s like I haven’t slept in years –


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Carly Simon has released many songs over the years besides Dan, My Fling. Carly Simon released songs from 1971 to 2008 spanning across albums like Carly Simon, Anticipation, No Secrets, Hotcakes, Playing Possum, Another Passenger, Boys In The Trees, Spy, Come Upstairs, Torch, Hello Big Man, Spoiled Girl, Coming Around Again, Working Girl, Have You Seen Me Lately, My Romance, This Is My Life, Letters Never Sent, Film Noir, The Bedroom Tapes, Piglet's Big Movie, Christmas Is Almost Here Again, Moonlight Serenade, Into White, and This Kind Of Love. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Carly Simon.

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The lyrics for Dan, My Fling are defined as the words making up the song released by Carly Simon in 1971. It also includes the verses and words used by the background chorus in the song. Like many hit songs, the lyrics to Dan, My Fling have different meanings to different people. While it is clear in some of the lyrics what the artist is trying to really say, only Carly Simon and those working with them know all of the meanings behind all of the lyrics to their songs.

Some folks are interested in word and phrase etymology. It is easy to understand the lyrics to Dan, My Fling by Carly Simon if you think through it. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to Dan, My Fling" means the words set to the music of Dan, My Fling, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Carly Simon. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to Dan, My Fling and the lyrics to Dan, My Fling are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Carly Simon who came here looking just for the lyrics to Dan, My Fling, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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