The song was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s. It was subsequently featured in the classic 1953 film The Band Wagon for a ballet performance by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.
Dancin' in the dark 'til the tune ends We're dancin' in the dark and it soon ends We're waltzin' in the wonder of why we're here Time hurries by, we're here, and we're gone
Lookin' for the light of a new love To brighten up the night, I have you love And we can face the music together Dancing in the dark
What though love is old What though song is old Through them we can be young Hear this heart of mine Wailin' all the time Dear one, tell me that we're one
Lookin' for the light of a new love To brighten up the night, I have you love And we can face the music together Dancin' in the dark Dancin' in the dark Dancin' in the dark