A Near Death Experience | “Dancing With The Devil” by Demi Lovato


Kale Guenther, Writer/Volunteer

(Content Warning: Drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, overdose)

It’s no secret that Demi Lovato has had a tough time in her transition from child actor to Grammy-nominated superstar, and her new album Dancing With The Devil … The Art Of Starting Over highlights this transformation. Specifically, the title track “Dancing With The Devil” is about the night of July 24, 2018, the night she overdosed.

In this powerful song, Demi goes through her thought process of using drugs and alcohol, and how quickly a little bit of wine turned into a night that would change her life forever. To start off, she sings


 “It’s just a little red wine, I’ll be fine/

Not like I wanna do this every night/

I’ve been good, don’t I deserve it?/

I think I earned it, feels like it’s worth it/

In my mind, mind”


In the music video for “Dancing With The Devil,” Demi is seen in the exact same clothes she was wearing on the night of her overdose, cutting back and forth from the story she’s telling and her in the hospital bed. The level of detail that Demi shows is a really vulnerable thing to do, as this was a very bad time of her life that is hard to relive. 



In the second verse, Demi sings about how the wine she drank spiraled into something much worse.


“It’s just a little white line, I’ll be fine/

But soon, that little white line is a little glass pipe/

Tinfoil remedy, almost got the best of me/

I keep praying I don’t reach the end of my lifetime, mm”


Drugs and alcohol are quick to ruin lives, and Demi herself says that she is very lucky to be alive to share her story. In her documentary series of the same name, Demi says that she was using alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and even heroin. Dancing with the Devil is literally about her being on the cusp of death, barely staying alive, and I feel for everyone in a similar situation to her.

Addiction is a serious disease that many people live with. The phone number for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is 1-800-662-HELP (4357), and I urge anyone who is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol to get the help that they deserve—you are not alone. 

Demi’s story isn’t over yet, and I am very excited to see what’s going to happen in her future, so definitely give this track and her new album a listen—you won’t regret it!