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Garth Brooks – The Dance lyrics

Looking back
On the memory of
The dance we shared
Beneath 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 the king?
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
And 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
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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  • xxxDarknessxxx
    I had a break-up recently that nearly killed me on the spot. He was my best friend along with my boyfriend, and he just ditched me on the spot. This song makes me think of that, because of the line, "I could've missed the pain, but I'd of had to miss the dance." I wish we were still together, but even with that pain, I wouldn't erase the time in my life, because I was so happy for a short while. I could've never gottne invovled with him, but I'm glad I did, because now I know what it feels like to truly love someone --- and be loved back.
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  • u
    This song pretty much means to me exactly what it says. I met this girl at work, nothing even close to what I would usually be attracted to. We started talking for only a few mins a day for months, then she disappeared, 5 months later, she came back to work.
    I ran into her as I was running to catch a bus to visit my mom in Wisconsin. She asked me if I remember her, I said "of course!". Asked if she was back, she said "yes" and because I was running late I just told her "see you on monday". She looked confused as I ran away.
    On Monday I invited her for lunch. We had lunch on Thursday, right there and then I told her how I felt about her. She immediatly after lunch asked me out for Friday. We did.
    We would have lunch a couple of times a week. In January I asked her out on an official date. She agreed. I surprised her with a cruise dinner in Lake Michigan. In that night we had THE DANCE.
    On that night I knew she would become the love of my life. Six months later last year. It ended with her leaving me. Since that night I've never seen her again and a year later exactly yesterday I bumped into this song for no reason what so ever, I just turned my pc on and there it was. Every word of this song describes our story and how I still feel about her.
    I wouldn't change that moment, that DANCE for all the riches in the world. I would gladly go through all this pain all over again just to have THE DANCE again!
    Love you Kim!
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  • u
    Time passes and love fades. But when you love someone totally for years even if the relationship ends, you wouldn't trade a minute of that happiness you shared. You never forget the love you shared together. Love is never a mistake. When we have lost love we mourn it like the death of something beautiful. With time our memory softens and we remember love for its sweetness and the richness it gave to our lives. Love equals meaning in life.
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  • l
    I lost my wife to luekemia at the age of 32 in 2000 and this song is still one of the hardest songs ever to listen to. She was everything to me. When I hear this song, I especially enjoy the live version, all I can think is I loved a woman with all my heart for 9 years and I wouldnt give that up for anything. 'The Dance" is the time I got to spend with her, I will deal with the pain. Jh.
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  • u
    20 years later this song can bring a tear to my eye because it reminds me of my ex-husband and the father of my kids who left me for another man when he realized he was gay. It's nothing that could have been avoided and I spent years trying to figure out why I didn't see it or how I could have avoided the painful experience. The "The Dance" put so much in perspective for me because life is a learning experience in love. We have to have our heart broken open to be able to understand life and love and our own strength and worth. Now I see all things with the insight this has brought me.
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