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Are Two of Robyn’s Most Iconic Songs About the Same Night?

Are Two of Robyn’s Most Iconic Songs About the Same Night?

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A surfacing Twitter theory postulates just that. 

If you had a radio in 2010 or sat through the first three episodes of Girls' inaugural season, then you've heard Robyn's now-iconic ode to singlehood, "Dancing On My Own," and the flip-side break-up pusher, "Call Your Girlfriend."

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Now, a Twitter user is bringing a new perspective to the seven-year-old songs, theorizing that both songs fit into a single night's narrative, but from the viewpoint of two different girls.

A lyrical refresher for you:

"Call Your Girlfriend" starts out:

Call your girlfriend
It's time you had the talk
Give your reasons
Say it's not her fault
But you just met somebody new

Don't you tell her how I give you something that you never even knew you missed
Don't you even try and explain how it's so different when we kiss
And you just tell her that the only way her heart will mend is when she learns to love again
And it won't make sense right now but you're still her friend
And then you let her down easy

And "Dancing On My Own" croons:

Somebody said you got a new friend
Does she love you better than I can?
There's a big black sky over my town
I know where you're at, I bet she's around

Yeah, I know it's stupid
I just gotta see it for myself

I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, ohh
I'm right over here, why can't you see me, ohh
I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl you're taking home, ooo
I keep dancing on my own (I keep dancing on my own)

Now remove Robyn from her album, Body Talk, on which both songs appear, as a single narrator. Instead realize that she could be playing a different role in each song she sings, making it so these two emotional tracks could be about different girls thinking about the same third party. It's beyond reasonable and an eerily real possibility. How many other songs on other artist's albums could be given the same spin?

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