The Dance Lyrics - Garth Brooks

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Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you, I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say? you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
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I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life, it's better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance



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The Dance | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/7/14

I lost my son in March of 2011. He was 41. It doesn't matter what the age is, when you lose a child, the pain is still the same. Yes, I could have missed the pain, but I'm so glad we had the dance. I will always love and miss you, Stephen.

The dance was worth the pain | Reviewer: Judi hodges | 5/9/13

This song means the world to me as I must now realize that after my precious husband of 24years of marriage keith, having struggled valiantly for two and a half years with stage four throat cancer(although a non smoker) fell into the arms of Jesus Christ that my dance card had been filled.






Missing My Son | Reviewer: Luwauna | 4/9/13

I love country music and have since I was a child. I lost my son on March 22, 2013. He was only 29. He loved music. All kinds of music including country. When I hear this song on the radio it makes me smile and cry for although the pain of losing him is sometimes hard to bare I wouldn't have wanted to miss a moment of the time I had with him. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him until the day I die but he is forever in my heart. I love you Randall.

IN MEMORY OF MY PATRICIA--MY SPECIAL ANGEL | Reviewer: david | 4/7/13

AFTER 52 WONDERFUL, SHORT YEARS OF MARRIAGE AND A TWO YEAR BATTLE AGAINST CANCER, MY WIFE PASSED ON TO BECOME AN ANGEL IN THE CHOIR WITH HER LORD AND MASTER JESUS. WE HAD 3 GREAT CHILDREN, TWO GIRLS AND A BOY AND THEY GAVE US MUCH JOY AS WE WATCHED AND HELPED THEM BECOME ADULTS WHO IN THEIR TURN MARRIED AND GAVE US 5 WONDERFUL GRAND CHILDREN. SHE WAS MY FIRST AND ONLY LOVE AND I FOLLOWED HER FROM ARIZONA TO MARYLAND TO MAKE HER MY BRIDE. SHE LEFT US IN BODY BUT NEVER IN SPIRIT AND WHEN I HEAR TWO OF GARTH BROOKS SONGS, " THE DANCE " AND " IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES "I CRY BECAUSE OF THAT EMPTY PLACE IN MY HEART AND LIFE THAT SHE FILLED AND CAN NEVER BE FILLED BY ANYONE ELSE. I KNOW SHE WATCHES OVER US STILL AND I WOULD ENDURE THAT AWFUL PAIN OF HER LAST YEARS, MONTHS AND DAYS BECAUSE "THE DANCE " WE SHARED WAS SO WONDERFUL AND SO SHORT BUT SO GOOD. I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN MY LOVE, AND UNTIL THEN, I WILL REMEMBER OUR DANCE.

Through God nothing is impossible. | Reviewer: EB | 1/16/13

Well it wasn't really goodbye for us, but still it could have been.
I married my highschool sweetheart after knowing him for 3 months. He joined the military and I happily and proudly followed him around the world supporting him to the fullest and loving him with all that I am. It was around 9 yrs of marriege where things started getting pretty bad. Then during our 11th year my husband started us going to church and in the beginning of our 12th yr my husband confessed that during our 9th year of marriege he cheated on me. About a week after that he got saved. Which normally I would have divorced him for but God had other plans for us. If my husband had told me in 09 what he'd done I probably would have divorced him. However I think that having faith in God again is what kept me from leaving him. A few months later I got saved. We are now just 5 days away from it being a year since my husband told me the dreadful news. It has been a very long, very hard year for us both, but with God in our life now, even though times can seem like we just cant do it anymore. It feels as though we are growing stronger and becoming more mature and talking more and it just feels like it was something we needed to go through in order to know how much we love each other. Pride was one of the things in the way before and sometimes even now gets the best of me. But we are learning I now how much I do love him and he does too and he now knows how important his family is to him and that doesn't want anything else but to fullfill his purpose. He says he is our protector and our provider and that is what he wants to do for us. It really bites how some people have to go through something like this in order to find God. But we are better for it. My husband now knows what he has and never wants to lose us. With gods mercy he wont. And to be honest. I'm glad I didn't miss the dance. We are only 30 yrs old and have been married for a little over 12 years. I'm sure there will be plenty more ups and downs but with God in our lives hopefully none as bad as the past. And I'm sure years from now we will be much stronger for what were going through. I love my husband he very smart and I believe he can do anything he wants. He's just blessed that way. There isn't anything he cant do. He's a good person and is trying to be even better which already makes him better. What God has brought together let no man take apart. God is our foundation now and we will be built strong.

Love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/10/12

This song both breaks my heart, and lifts me up. I have spent 40 years loving 2 men. The one who owns my life, and the one who owns a part of my heart I can never share with anyone else. Life has its ups and downs, and we learn to survive, or we just wither away and die. I have had many blessings in my life. My children are my whole reason for existing. The love of my life has moved on and he too has a family and a life without me. But still, when I hear this song I wonder if he ever thinks of me. If he knows he was the love of my life, even though I could not spend it with him. It would have been easier not to love him, but sometimes I remember, and I wouldn't have missed the dance.

Forbidden love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/26/12

I can apply this song to several instances in my life. But, the one that stands out the most...the one that I look back at with the most bitter sweet memories...is of a relationship that spanned 32 yrs and still lives in my heart and mind. I rekindled a love affair with my married high school sweetheart during a terrible time in my own 20 plus year marriage (and his as well). It wasn't intentional and I know it's wrong. But, it was an emotional affair...two people who had always been drawn to one another but had never acted on it. Our lives went separate ways but we never forgot each other. Thru the power of the Internet we began talking and healing old wounds. It wasn't a problem until we fell. In love all over again. I've always felt deep down that this man is my soulmate even tho in many ways we couldn't be more different. Unfortunately, I couldn't save him from himself. His mental illness and fears control him and I thought naively that I could "save him". I realize now that I can't, that he must be the one to make tough decisions and change the course of things in his life. I believe in him...I believe he can do anything he wants. He's incredibly smart and works as a police Detective. I love to hear him talk, I love the way he loves me and connects with me. I'm a complex but gentle woman who's been hurt repeatedly by this man emotionally during the last nearly 4 yrs of our emotional affair. It hurts us both to be so in love yet unhappy in our current circumstance with our respective spouses. The times I grow so frustrated and depressed about the entire situation I will stop and listen to this song and it words "that life is better left to chance" .....we could have missed the pain but we would never have known the deep abiding love we have for each other. Right or wrong, it's the most connected,real, deep love I've ever felt for a man. I wouldn't change a thing. Because it's painful and not an ideal situation it has become unhealthy. We are pulled back and trying to do whats right. But, I love RB in a way and to a depth that I've never loved another man....since the day I met him in April of 1980. We are Two people in love who should've been together. Maybe the day will come, for now....I'm just thankful to have shared this dance with this beautiful/flawed human being. It's impossible to truly love two people at once, I love him. He has my heart...and in some way he always has. I wouldn't trade the Dance we've shared for anything.....it's all been worth it to finally experience that love that always seemed to allude us in our younger years. I'd have missed the pain....but in the end it was worth every minute. We are soul mates, and just the fact that we know it and have experienced it is more than most ever have in their life. I love you RB....and always will. Thank you for such a beautiful song that embodies so many different stories.

heart warming | Reviewer: COCO Jiba | 10/24/12

There is not a single day that I do not cry when I listen to this song..

What an irony that it was written by a man who lost his wife to a brain tumor coz I played this song when I was told that my then boyfriend has died because of leukemia(11 January 2011)... When my cousin was sentenced to 25 years in prison I still played this song...

I was never a big fan of Jazz but this song was always an exception and now I sit and think of the good times I had with my CARAMELL and just cant stop crying... Its been a year and 9months since he died but it still feels like yesterday to me....

I miss my baby so much and the pain just doesnt go away... REST IN PEACE MY CARAMELLTITO

Always leaves me teary eyed!! | Reviewer: Rahul Kulhalli | 6/27/12

Well, once I was just casually surfing the internet for the top 10 songs with the best lyrics. I found this song at the number 2 spot and downloaded it. Since the first time I listened to it, I can remember everything bad that came my way, and how I fought it and stood back up on my feet. This song is not a song of grief for me, but a song of motivation. I LOVE THIS SONG FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!

My Son | Reviewer: Alice | 5/23/12

My son Thomas was murdered on May 1, 2004. About two weeks before he was killed he let me listen to THE DANCE and told me it was his favorite song. He wanted it played at his funeral. I told him not to talk like that, I hoped that wouldn't be for a long time. Two weeks later I'm planning his funeral. I remembered his song and the way he said, that was his life and song. Now it is mine because now I live with a never ending pain but having him for 24 years was worth all the pain I now endure. He was my first born and gave me so much happiness, laughter and worry. He was a good man and left this world way to soon but this song helps bring me comfort everytime I hear it. He wouldn't have changed his life or his law enforcement job, maybe just change that night. I love you Thomas and will never forget you. Love, MOM

The Dance Helps me grieve | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/1/12

Every once in a great while a song perfectly describes raw emotion. I adopted my sweet baby girl in 1992 and raised her with abundant love and many privileges but as a teenager she rejected our family and chose her life of parties and drug dealers. Our little girl is no more. If I knew then the heartache I know now, I never would have pursued her. But while she was ours, the dance was wonderful. She was a dancer, a horsewoman, a vocalist, and a fun loving firecracker. I miss what might have been and the pain is tremendous.

The Most Painful Dance | Reviewer: Emily Hogg | 11/16/11

This song never really spoke to me until now.But it is a beautiful one now that i understand.
The boy i said yes to means more to me than anything the world has to offer.
The one thing that makes this hard is that he is a senior, and i am a junior.
His leaving me will be the hardest thing i have ever endured.
I love him.
I gave a part of my heart to him that i will never get back. But at least i gave it to him, He who i know will take the most delicate care of it.
We have had the most beautiful dance together, but i know that once he leaves we will break up. It just wouldn't work with being so far away.
It hurts so much just thinking about it.
Dar, i Love you....more than you will ever know, more than you could ever possibly know.
And for the rest of my life i will have and keep a special place for you in my heart; deep where no one else can ever reach it.
The simplest words have the bigest effect... i love you. With my whole heart.

The Pain or the Dance | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/1/11

Mine is not a reflection of breaking up. Rather it's the torment of an event. I met a charming young girl, but was abused and discarded, and living in foster care. 3 Years old. I was about 40 with a great family structure. I had a chance to give her a home with an eventual adoption. She had a natural ability to bring the sunshine out of any cloudy day. Long story short, a month before she was to be adoptable by the courts, God took her for His own. Do I wish now for avoiding the "Pain" or do I cherish the "Dance"? Easy answer!!! I miss you Jasmine.

Wow... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/28/11

This song never fails to bring tears to my eyes- but not because of one event, but because of many. Whether it's looking back on my mistakes, my losses, or my relationships, I think this a song that speaks to all of those things.

Above all, this song makes me think of my ex boyfriend from a few years ago. We went through so much together- so many awful, terrible things that a young couple should never have to go through- but we had some of the greatest memories I've ever had in my life. These days, we don't really talk, and there's nothing left between us, and if I'd known that back then, I probably would have never said yes to dating him.

...for a moment, wasn't I a king?
It definitely felt like it.

I love you, Sam. <3

Beautiful song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/13/11

This makes me think of a close friend of mine. She was never allowed to date, but she met a boy who lived her and she loved him. They went out for a month before her mom found out and started her virtual schooling and pretty much locked her in her room. I wonder, if she had known how it would end if she would have still dated him. Hearing this song I think she would have because she told me that it gave her some of her best memories.


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