Today’s Song: Hana Eid Channels Young Love’s Passion in Cinematic Anthem “Dancing to The Smiths”

Hana Eid © Sam Wilson
Hana Eid © Sam Wilson
A refreshing indie rock outpouring of electric passion, Hana Eid’s cinematic new song “Dancing to the Smiths” soars with radiant energy and sweet sound: It’s an in-your-face explosion of sonic youth and ecstasy begging us to sing along.
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Stream: “Dancing to The Smiths” – Hana Eid




I’ve always wanted to write the kind of music that I love – the kind that you can scream out of your car window — and I think this song is it.

There’s nothing quite like those early moments of a relationship, so filled with euphoria for the moment and uncertainty for the future. Young love really is a roller-coaster, and in her first single of the year, budding singer/songwriter Hana Eid manages to capture the thrill of it: A refreshing indie rock outpouring of electric passion, Eid’s cinematic “Dancing to the Smiths” soars with radiant energy and sweet sound. It’s an in-your-face explosion of sonic youth and ecstasy: The excitement, the fear, the hope, the drama, all packed into one four-minute reverie. Just like young love, this song is immediate and irresistible.

Dancing to the Smiths - Hana Eid
Dancing to The Smiths – Hana Eid
Will you like it when you see it?
Couple dollars, making friends with the store clerk
He’s from somewhere in Utah
Takes his shoes off, he’s been up since half past dawn
And do you like when I smirk like I get it?
But I don’t know shit at all
Except the best of a small town
Is in your mouth, oh, I love the way you talk
Will you like it when we’re dancing?
To The Smiths like, we live in ‘82
You sing along like it’s your verse
Like it’s your world, to the songs your dad showed you
And do you want me in your bed?
‘Cause I’d get it, I could be just what you need
I want to tell you I’m dying
I’d be lying, but it’s been so hard to sleep

Independently released on February 4, “Dancing to the Smiths” is as engaging as it is immersive. Hana Eid’s first song of the year is a celebration laced with intimate thoughts and unadulterated feelings as she dwells in both ends of the emotional spectrum at the same time – just as it happens in real life. Inspired by classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Rush, as well as modern indie folk and indie rock music, Eid is a Nashville-based artist currently studying songwriting at Belmont University. Following last October’s wistful, churning overhaul “Long Game,” “Dancing to The Smiths” arrives as the fifth single in a still-nascent career.



Hana Eid © Sam Wilson
Hana Eid © Sam Wilson



“I’ve been writing since I was about nine years old, and so throughout my time as a songwriter I’ve easily written upwards of 100 songs,” Eid shares. “I grappled with trying to find my identity as an artist as influences from my childhood (e.g., U2, Dave Matthews) began to meld with those from my adolescence/early adulthood (Phoebe Bridgers, Lizzy McAlpine, Adam Melchor).”

“With that being said, I feel like I’ve begun to find myself occupying this indie-alternative space with the release of my last single, ‘Long Game,’ in early October, and now with the release of ‘Dancing to The Smiths.’ I feel like this newest single is another step forward in both discovering and affirming my artistic identity. I’m really looking forward to continuing to find a unique blend of the rock influences from my early life and the singer-songwriter/alternative influences that have resonated with me and characterized my writing most recently.”

“Dancing to The Smiths” is a particularly enthralling release that finds Eid in a hard-hitting space, both musically and emotionally. She erupts in a searing chorus that swells with evocative sound and dazzling color:

And I swear I’ve never felt like this before…
I want to keep you up like evening caffeine
I want to tell you you’re everything to me
Oh, no, I’m better off shutting my mouth
‘Cause when I think of you in waves it’s a storm
Your fingertips crash up on the shore
Oh, lord, I’m better off shutting my
I’m better off shutting my mouth

“‘Dancing to The Smiths’ is meant to capture the excitement and trepidation that comes with the beginning stages of a relationship,” Eid tells Atwood Magazine. “I sought to capture those feelings of youthful exuberance with lyrics characterized by vivid imagery, and instrumentals that build that same anticipation. I’ve always wanted to write the kind of music that I love – the kind that you can scream out of your car window — and I think this song is it.”



Hana Eid © Sam Wilson
Hana Eid © Sam Wilson



Eid sings all the right things in all the right ways here, reveling in the bliss of budding romance while deep down hoping it can last. With throttling guitars and drums at her side, her expressive voice front and center, and evocative lyrics painting scenes full of intimate connection and excitement, “Dancing to The Smiths” truly is a thrill.

Do you like what you’re seeing?
In the backseat, cigarette and windblown hair
Feels like the heat of the summer
In December, oh there’s no way this is fair
I want to tell you that your eyes
Are a wonder, of the world left unaddressed
And if I kissed you would you mind?
It was late I, didn’t care to make a mess

A world of possibility and potential is open to Hana Eid, whose story is only just beginning. She accomplished a personal goal of writing 50 songs during 2021’s calendar year, and doing the math, the release of “Dancing to The Smiths” means there are still 49 songs out there. We’d even settle for a simple four-track EP. If this year’s first offering is anything to go by, then Eid is most certainly an artist worth paying special attention to over the year to come.

In the meantime, we’ll be busy blasting “Dancing to The Smiths” and memorizing all the words!

But I swear I’ve never felt like this before
Oh, I swear I’ve never felt like this before
I want to keep you up like evening caffeine
I want to tell you you’re everything to me
Oh, no, I’m better off shutting my mouth
‘Cause when I think of you in waves it’s a storm
Your fingertips crash up on the shore
Oh, lord, I’m better off shutting my
I’m better off shutting my mouth

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