This song on the internet says. " I need a one dance"

How can somebody use "one" and "a" together? Is there another meaning for "one dance" as a phrase or something?

Here is the link to the lyrics

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    This may help you, there's more here then the literal meaning of the words. If "OT" is slang for "out-of-town", all bets are off for what "one dance" means... – Peter Sep 26 '16 at 3:01
  • Maybe it is written that way to fit the music timing? Something like when "a one and a two and a..." is used. In any case, artistic license says it is OK. – user3169 Sep 26 '16 at 4:58
  • This is as close as you will get to a "meaning": bustle.com/articles/… – fixer1234 May 7 '17 at 1:33

It's not grammatically correct. Music lyrics can reflect colloquial English spoken by the songwriter, but they often are completely made up, in order to fit a rhythm, to form an image, to create an impression, or simply to force a rhyme. Poetry doesn't have to obey the standard grammar rules as long as you get a general sense of what the artist is trying to say.

I have no idea exactly what Drake means by "I need a one dance", so your guess is as good as mine. That's poetry for you.

  • Poetry? That's a very generous term for the lyrics. Just out of curiosity, is there any point at which you would decide that lyrics don't qualify as poetry? :-) – fixer1234 May 7 '17 at 1:39
  • They're all poetry. They're not all good poetry. "Doggerel" has been around since ancient times, and clearly intends to stick around for a while longer. – Andrew May 7 '17 at 14:16

OT means out of town and a one dance is a showing of boobs.

Sometimes I don't get Drake.

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