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First Dance” is a song by Justin Bieber, included as a track on his debut release, My World. Featuring his mentor, R&B singer Usher.

Composition and lyrical interpretation[]

“First Dance” is an R&B and teen pop ballad that sees Bieber and Usher trade lines, with lyrics about a first dance. Most music critics were skeptical of the lyrical content presented in the song, and according to Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, the song's melody is similar to that of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone".[1] Bieber described the song as "a slow groovy song that people can dance to".[2] It is written in the key of A minor, and vocals in the piece span from the low note of G3 to the high note of E5, and the song features the chord Em7.[3]

The song is about taking a girl's virginity under the guise of taking her to her first prom.[4][5]

Audio[]

Lyrics[]

[Hook: Usher]
It’s your chance take her hand to the floor, to the floor
(Fellas just the moment you’ve been waiting for)
Girl if you see something you like then let him know
(Ladies I know you’re ready)
‘Cause you only got one chance (Yeah yeah), she your first dance
(You never forget your first dance)
So take advantage of the slow jam
(Tell her JB), yeah man

[Verse 1: Justin Bieber]
When I close my eyes, I see me and you at the prom
We’ve both been waiting so long for this day to come
Now that it’s here, let’s make it special
I can’t deny, there’s so many thoughts in my mind
The DJ’s playing my favorite song (Favorite song), ain’t no chaperones (Chaperone)
This could be the night of your dreams

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
Only if you give, give the first dance to me
Girl, I promise I’ll be gentle
I know we gotta do it slowly
If you give, give the first dance to me (Give it to me)
I’m gon’ cherish every moment
‘Cause it only happens once, once in a lifetime

[Verse 2: Justin Bieber]
I couldn’t ask for more
We’re rocking back and forth under the disco ball
We’re the only ones on the floor
I can’t deny, so many thoughts in my mind
The DJ’s playing my favorite song (Favorite song), now we’re all alone (All alone)
Here’s the opportunity

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
Only if you give, give the first dance to me
Girl, I promise I’ll be gentle
I know we gotta do it slowly (Yeah)
If you give, give the first dance to me (Give it to me)
I’m gon’ cherish every moment
‘Cause it only happens once, once in a lifetime

[Bridge: Justin Bieber]
Everybody says that we look cute together
Let’s make this a night the two of us remember
No teachers around to see us dancing close
I’m telling you our parents will never know
Before the lights go up and the music turns off
Now’s the perfect time for me to taste your lip gloss
Your glass slippers in my hand right here
We’ll make it before the clock strikes nine

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
If you just give, give the first dance to me
Girl, I promise I’ll be gentle
But we gotta do it slowly
If you give (Give), give the first dance to me (Give the first dance, baby)
I’m gon’ cherish every moment (Whoa oh oh)
‘Cause it only happens once, once in a lifetime

[Hook: Usher]
It’s your chance take her hand to the floor, to the floor
Girl if you see something you like then let him know
‘Cause you only got one chance, she your first dance
So take advantage of the slow jam, yeah man

[Outro: Justin Bieber]
If you give, give the first dance to me (Give it to me)
I’m gon’ cherish every moment
‘Cause it only happens once, once in a lifetime


Credits[]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[6]

References[]

  1. Caramanica, Jon (November 20, 2009). "Worlds Rural, Urban, Midlife, Teenage". New York Times. 
  2. "Bio". Justin Bieber Official Site. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  3. "Justin Bieber, "First Dance" – Composition Sheet Music".". Musicnotes.com. 
  4. "I Dare You: Why I was creeped out by Justin Bieber's movie". NZ Herald. March 17, 2017. 
  5. Manser, Matt (March 24, 2019). "Songs You Never Realized Are About Sex". Ranker. 
  6. Bieber, Justin. "Credits / First Dance (Album Version) / Justin Bieber – TIDAL". Tidal. 
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