Joji earns his career-first Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Slow Dancing in the Dark," which debuted at No. 69 this week (chart dated Nov. 23).
Ominous instrumentals lead the way on "Slow Dancing in the Dark," and its physically and thematically dark video feature the lovestruck artist not waiting for his partner, but lying in a pool of his own blood.
"It's like when you see me out there lost, don't come following me 'cause you'll be just as lost as me," he annotated the pre-chorus on the song's Genius page. "And if you don't know what you want and that person doesn't know what they want either, then they'll end up with each [other] and it'll just be f---ed up."
Check out the somber lyrics and music video below.
I don't want a friend (just me) I want my life in two (my life in two) Just one more night Waiting to get there Waiting for you (all night) I'm done fighting all night (waiting for you)
When I'm around slow dancing in the dark Don't follow me, you'll end up in my arms You have made up your mind I don't need no more signs Can you? Can you?
Give me reasons we should be complete You should be with him, I can't compete You looked at me like I was someone else, oh well Can't you see? (Can't you see?) I don't wanna slow dance (I don't want to slow dance) In the dark Dark
When you gotta run Just hear my voice in you (my voice in you) Shutting me out of you (shutting me out of you) Doing so great (so great, so great) You
Used to be the one (used to be the one) To hold you when you fall Yeah, yeah, yeah (when you fall, when you fall) I don't f--- with your tone (I don't f--- with your tone) I don't wanna go home (I don't wanna go home) Can it be one night? Can you? Can you?
Give me reasons we should be complete You should be with him, I can't compete You looked at me like I was someone else, oh well Can't you see? I don't wanna slow dance (I don't want to slow dance) In the dark Dark In the dark Dark