Sunday, May 27, 2007

Come on, before we crack!

I've had the song "Footloose" stuck in my head for days now. I think I was about 15 when the movie came out. I'm guessing most people know the movie, but here's a very quick movie synopsis just in case:

City kid (Ren, played by Kevin Bacon) moves to small town where dancing and rock music are banned. Bible-thumping preacher (Reverend Moore, played superbly by John Lithgow) wants to keep it that way. (However, you do get the sense that he's not simply fire and brimstone for fire and brimstone's sake, but he's a sincere family man who's truly concerned about his flock and family).

Of course, Ren and other students want to do away with the ordinance. Dancing that is not allowed in public happens in private out on the edge of town. Preacher's daughter (Ariel, played by Lori Singer) and other students rebel. Pent-up frustrations are released. Showdown between students and preacher/town council. Big dance scene at the end.


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Been working so hard
I'm punching my card
Eight hours, for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I've got this feeling
That time's just holding me down
I'll hit the ceiling
Or else I'll tear up this town
Now I gotta cut loose...

Kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise
Pull me offa my knees
Jack, get back
Come on, before we crack
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose

You're playing so cool
Obeying every little rule
Dig way down in your heart
You're burnin' yearnin' for some...
Somebody to tell you
Life ain't passing you by
I'm trying to tell you
It will if you don't even try
You can fly if you'd only cut loose

Kick off your Sunday shoes
Oowhee, Marie
Shake it, shake it for me
Oh, my lord
C'mon, c'mon let's go
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose

You got to turn it around
And put your feet on the ground
Now take a hold of your soul
I'm turning it loose...



  1. This was so encouraging to watch, thanks for posting it!

    This movie really shows how religious laws oppresses someones spirit. But a human body can't submit to a law. It's like a soda waiting to spew. Sooner or later, God's grace gets to them and they're free to love and have joy and peace without cost. Amazing.

  2. Yep indeed. Those who are preaching rules for behavior change seem to not understand that all they are doing is shaking the soda bottle. You're right, the only thing that can happen is it will spew. I'm looking for a video clip from the movie of the preacher (John Lithgow) preaching his condemning sermon, hitting his fist on the pulpit, etc. Haven't been able to find it yet, but it really makes a good point about all this.

  3. Thank you for posting that clip. My 6 year old starting singing a song from her dance class of which I had no idea what it was but some of the words were so familliar!!! (plus she was out of tune/beat) It was driving me crazy! I had to look it up!
    My daughter loved it, I enjoyed seeing it again and we're going to rent the movie for her to watch. Thanks so very much!!

  4. Diane,

    Footloose is really a great movie with a lot of great music! I think I've also got the itch to go rent it. Great idea. :)