"The Dance" as written by and Tony Arata....
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
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" as written by Tony Arata

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    General Commentit means to take life one day at a time and enjoy each and every day
    ranger91on February 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt means the person should take one day at a time and enjoy everything he had, and hes glad he didnt know how it would end because then he wouldnt of had the dance or the last chance to be with who he loves because it was the greatest feeling for him, and he doesnt feel bad that he feels pain because he had the dance
    andrea656on April 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song was played at my uncle's funeral for his daughter.
    The line :"But if I'd only known how the king would fall" just breaks my heart!
    When I hear this song I am always reminded of him.

    megaTr0non October 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me it means that everything happens for a reason. If we knew how everything we did would come out then we would change the way we went about things and then we might miss some of the most beautiful parts of life that, some of which take great chances and cause pain, but the greatness of them is worth it.
    Nickyon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMany people miss out on the glorious and most fun parts of life because they dwell on the fear of getting hurt. It is much better to take chances in life and make life's mistakes so you can better enjoy the good things. If I could look back and pick what I would change, I might change some of the choices that I've made. But I'm glad that we can't do that because we wouldn't experience the fun in chance.
    JessiLon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a guy that loved a girl and his most cherished memory of her is a dance they shared. The girl left him and broke his heart. He says he's hurt, but he's glad he didn't know how it'd end b/c he woulda missed all the good times they shared....basically that loving the girl for however long and then losing her was worth it all...love is everything to me...even when it's over, it's still the best feeling in the world to think back and know that at one point you were all that mattered to someone.
    TurtleBabyon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit means takeing risk, enjoying what you have, and being part of the love, and pain that goes into any type of relationship. the song means never to let go of what you most enjoy but treat it like it could end any minute
    bbgirlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is saying never tke the one you love for granted because you never know how long you will have them. They could leave you for one reason or another to never return so cherish each moment that you have together like it is the last.
    Ladyon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe dance is the best love song i ever heard, i think its about looking back on a dance he had with a girl of a relationship that didnt last.. and saying that for all the pain he felt when it ended it will never equal to all the love he felt when the held each other.... and if he'd known before he might have changed it all but he would have missed out on a special love that hurt but that he doesnt regret. thats how i like to see it..
    ps- i like what bbgirl and lady had to say about the song..
    i didn't get the chance to read them all since i was busy but i read those to cause they were right ahead of me
    Bourkoon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song says that even though your dreams sometimes may crumble, you should look back at the good times before everything fell. Did you have fun? Was it worth it? Are you wiser now for having been through it?
    nietzsche_66on May 30, 2002   Link

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