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"Dancing With The Devil" is the lead single and second track from Demi Lovato's seventh studio album, Dancing With The Devil... The Art Of Starting Over. It was released on March 26, 2021 through Island Records.

Background and composition

"Dancing with the Devil" was featured in the trailer for Lovato's 2021 documentary Dancing With The Devil and is the second track from her album Dancing With The Devil... The Art Of Starting Over.[2] The song begins with currently recovered Lovato chronicling her 2018 relapse, which would lead to her near-fatal overdose later that same year.[3] The verses open with lyrical content that reflect the initial phase of the relapse, which was primarily with red wine: "It's just a little red wine, I'll be fine/ Not like I wanna do this every night/ I've been good, don't I deserve it? I think I've earned it/ Feels like it's worth it in my mind."[4] The second verse describes her introduction to heavier drugs: "A little white line" that eventually became "a little glass pipe."[5] Ultimately, Lovato finds herself addicted to smoking heroin and sings, "Tinfoil remedy almost got the best of me."[3] She also confesses to her fans and loved ones in the pre-chorus that during this time, "I told you I was OK, but I was lying."[5] In the track's chorus, Lovato refers to her past overdose directly, singing that she "almost made it to heaven" by "playing with the enemy / gambling with my soul." Lovato also sings about the grip addiction had on her and the psychological difficulty it had imposed, singing throughout the song "It's so hard to say no / When you're dancing with the devil".[6]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It's just a little red wine, I'll be fine
Not like I wanna do this every night
I've been good, don't I deserve it?
I think I earned it, feels like it's worth it
In my mind, mind

[Pre-Chorus]
Twisted reality, hopeless insanity
I told you I was okay but I was lying

[Chorus]
I was dancing with the devil
Out of control
Almost made it to heaven
It was closer than you know
Playing with the enemy
Gambling with my soul
It's so hard to say no
When you're dancing with the devil

[Verse 2]
It's just a little white line, I'll be fine
But soon that little white line is a little glass pipe
Tin foil remedy, almost got the best of me
I keep praying I don't reach the end of my lifetime, mm

[Pre-Chorus]
Twisted reality, hopeless insanity
I told you I was okay but I was lying

[Chorus]
I was dancing with the devil
Out of control
Almost made it to heaven
It was closer than you know
Playing with the enemy
Gambling with my soul
It's so hard to say no
When you're dancing with the devil

[Bridge]
Thought that I knew my limit, yeah
I thought that I could quit it, yeah
I thought that I could walk away easily
But here I am, falling down on my knees
Praying for better days, to come and wash this pain away
Could you please forgive me?
Lord, I'm sorry for dancing with the devil
Oh, ye-yeah

[Chorus]
Dancing with the devil
Out of control
Almost made it to heaven
It was closer than you know (closer than you know)
Playing with the enemy (oh)
Gambling with my soul
It's so hard to say no
When you're dancing with the devil
Hm, yeah

Critical reception

Prior to its release, "Dancing with the Devil" was described by Shana Naomi Krochmal of Entertainment Weekly as "evok[ing] Adele's "Skyfall" theme."[7] Billboard described the song as "powerful" and "confessional."[8]

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