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Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away)

by The Smittens

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Never gonna see that boy go by again Do you remember or was it a dream? Am I pretending the way that it seemed? Or am I only, only, wishing that you feel the same way If I could only, only, only, get the guts to say but So far away, la la, six feet away Last time I saw you from across the street And I think you didn’t recognise me So I kept going, going, going, kept walking my way While I was knowing, knowing, knowing, I was just afraid So far away, la la, six feet away Heartbeat skipping It’s intermittent It’s hot like fire Water on iron Skip and sizzle It’s kinda quizzical I’m gonna getcha Like a dream catcher Wish on a star, I’ll wish on the moon Fantasising an in-person zoom, And all the time it takes, it takes, makes me dizzy in the brain Wanna be under your umbrella in the pouring rain, but So far I’m, la la, six feet away Blood is flowing Think we’re both knowing Crazy like kittens I guess we’re smitten Want to get together My heart is like a feather I wanna touch your hand and I wanna go dancin


Vermont’s The Smittens return to bubblegum pop with a 5 track EP, front by Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away), recently commissioned by Burlington City Arts for their Bubblegum Pop exposition.

“We wanted to sound like The Archies meet Beat Happening (a band from Olympia Washington from the late 80s). The song is called "Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away). It is about longing and having that thing you want just out of reach. It is wrapped in the bubble confection of a pop song.”
Formed in 2002 The Smittens identify themselves as an indie-twee-pop musical group known for their strong harmonies and powerful lyricism. Written and composed for Bubblegum Pop, The Smittens’ single ‘Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away)’ embodies both the exhibition’s theme and the ‘bubblegum pop’ era of music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, with its catchy, upbeat, and novel melodic forms. A hallmark of this distinctive pop sub-genre is it’s mass-marketing toward children and young adults (originally named for the jingles often heard in candy commercials or cartoons on the radio or TV).  

On Wanna Go Dancing (So Far Away), the predominant theme centres on yearning and unrequited love, made more problematic during the social isolation caused by the pandemic:
Never gonna see that boy go by again
Never gonna see that boy go by again
Do you remember or was it a dream?
Am I pretending the way that it seemed?
Or am I only, only wishing that you feel the same way?
If I can only, only, only get the guts to say…
So far away – la la - six feet away.

The Smittens produced ‘Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away) over the course of several months in 2021. The band worked with Eric Masunaga, a well-known composer, sound recordist and sound mixer, to mix and master the song.
A gallery edit of the single begins with a series of channel switches – complete with the recognisable static of a radio – that feature brief samples of past Smittens’ songs from the past 19 years that lightheartedly gesture to youth, and to the exhibit’s bubblegum pop theme.

The EP features a further two new songs. Year of Happiness was recorded during sessions for the band’s 2014 EP Love Record Breaker, and Saratoga was recorded live in 2002 during the band's fifth performance and Dana’s outing with the band. American laptop-folk musician Greg Davis provides a remix of The Garden, a track originally appearing on 2010’s Dancing Shoes - The Smittens Remixed.

The Smittens are a hard-working, globe-trotting independent American twee pop band from Vermont., based in Burlington and New York City. The band is friends first and open-hearted indiepop revolutionaries after that. Max Andrucki, Missy Bly, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Holly Chagnon, and David Zacharis switch up instruments, song-writing, and singing to create catchy, harmony-driven pop anthems and queer love songs—always brilliantly lyrical, and often brazenly political.


released July 2, 2021

The Smittens are Max Andrucki, Missy Bly, Holly Chagnon, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan and David Zacharis
Produced by The Smittens
Mixed and Mastered by Eric Masunaga, Modulus Studios LLC, Brighton, MA
Wanna Go Dancin (So Far Away) was commissioned by Burlington City Arts as part of the Bubblegum Pop exhibition

Bubblegum Pop at Burlington City Arts runs Jun 4 - Oct 9, 2021, featuring work by Pip & Pop, Matt Neckers, Jon Rappleye, Kathryn Wiegers and The Smittens


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