Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart, changing woman into life
She has danced into the danger zone, when a dancer becomes a dance
I've often thought about these and wondered how you could far you can let yourself go, release yourself with such abandon that you can't tell anymore where you start and end. The tempo of Maniac by Michael Sembello lends itself to a frenetic pace, propelling you forward whether you like it or not into the unknown, planned or unplanned. Morphing or even awakening the slumbering woman, the danger zone signals this new frontier.
The treble oscillation perpetuates the urgency. The synthesiser such a major instrument of the 80s, electronica was in, at it seems to have never faded away with the retro revival brought about by such bands as Daft Punk (but not that What Does The Fox Say guy, that's a whole 'nother level). Did you know (here's a weird piece of trivia) that this track was originally intended for a horror movie? That's scary. The pre-chorus continues to hold that sense of urgency in the following lyrics:
It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be
The lyrics speak to me about if you aren't careful with yourself, your gift or lack of care with your gift could determine the success of you - that determines what will and what will be. It takes a lot of energy and focus to maintain your balance and perspective about how to use your gift (whatever it may be) if it consumes you or ignites you.
You work all your life for that moment in time, it could come or pass you by
It's a push of the world, but there's always a chance
If the hunger stays the night
Depending on the type of person that you are - if you are anxious about your future and what it brings or your plan everything down to the last detail, moments in time are critical. These lyrics seem to suggest that the world may conspire against you in the commitment of how that moment in time transpires. So how to work around this . . . you could . . . just give in to any and all moments in time really . . . because if the world keeps pushing, moments in time won't be discernible anymore but push into each other like tectonic plates, starting off really slow and then momentum builds until it becomes something new or causes an event to happen. Whatever you decide to do, it's ok to rage once in a while.
She's a maniac, maniac I sure know
And she's dancing like she's never danced before. . .