Dance With You

by Michael Rider

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In light of Netflix’s film “The Prom” being nominated for a Golden Globe, I covered “Dance With You,” from the show. This project has been on my mind since my friend Maurice Ross recommended I watch the film back and cover the song back in December. The story tells of two girls, Emma and Alyssa, fighting to be allowed to attend their small town, high school prom as an openly gay couple. As a non-binary person, not being comfortable in my skin during this time, I never went to prom. However, I hope my rendition of this beautiful song can inspire you to always follow the path of love: to be proud to love yourself and the one you love.

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[EMMA]
I don't want to start a riot
I don't want to blaze a trail
I don't want to be a symbol
Or cautionary tale
I don't want to be a scapegoat
For people to oppose
What I want is simple
As far as wanting goes

I just wanna dance with you
Let the whole world melt away
And dance with you
Who cares what other people say?
And when we're through
No one can convince us we were wrong
All it takes is you and me
And a song

[ALYSSA]
I don't need a big production
Streamers hanging in the air
I don't need to spend the night
With confetti in my hair
I don't need a room of people
That I don't really know

[EMMA]
I just want to hold you

[BOTH]
And never let you go!

I just wanna dance with you
Let the whole world melt away
And dance with you
Who cares what other people say?
And when we’re through

[EMMA]
No one can convince us we were wrong

[BOTH]
All it takes is you and me
And a song

[EMMA]
Two people swaying slowly
Nothing more and nothing less
Why anybody fears that
Is anybody's guess

I just wanna dance with you
Let the whole world melt away
And dance with you
Who cares what other people say?
And when we're through
No one can convince us we were wrong
All it takes is you and me
And a song

credits

released March 5, 2021
From "The Prom."
Lyrics and composed by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
Sung by Michael Rider
Piano performed by Maurice Ross
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kazuhiko Gomi

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Michael Rider New York, New York

Michael Rider was born in Richmond, Virginia and migrated to New York City on a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts. They started performing at the Sidewalk Cafe, revered by the likes of Regina Spektor, The Moody Peaches, and Kimya Dawson.

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