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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 of 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 of had to miss the dance

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



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  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    ChrisFishA-CrossRiffAug 19, 2008 at 3:11 pm
    The song is written with a double meaning both as a love song about the end of a passionate relationship and the lyrics also work to tell the story of someone dying because of something they believe in, or a moment of glory. Brooks illustrated this in the music video for the song.
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    brittyrox64Jul 11, 2010 at 7:33 am
    this song is very meaning full it means multiple things to different people. but this song is very hard to listen to listen for me because it makes me think of my pop i lost him 2005.
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    countryobsessedNov 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    The song is good because it can be versatile. It talks about a love that went bad, or a lost loved one to death. I love the way the piano works in this.
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    countryobsessedNov 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    I love this song! it could be a lost love or someone long gone. This is a song that'll be remembered for generations to come.
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    xxxDarknessxxxAug 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    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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