"The Dance" as written by and Miller....
Inside my mouth I can hear all the voices say
Do not lean over the ledge
I shouldn't look down and I shouldn't have found
That your lips I still taste in my head
Raising my glass to the head of the class
As she powers out steps one through ten
I think I'll be fine if I'm covered in wine
Nice to hate you and love you again
And see you again
And see you again

Weary and worn little monster is born
Tell me lies and I'll justify them
Desperate today and it's making me pay
For that night for that kiss for your bed
Whoever dared to love someone out there
I don't need a balloon and a pin
The name of the game is outrunning the blame
So I hate you and love you we're friends
Guess we'll be friends
I guess we'll be friends

Oh why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?

Better stop crying hello and goodbye-ing
Go on through me slip right through my hands
You get your time and the other half's mine
It's okay this love weighs fifty men
It's okay this love weighs fifty men
It's okay this love weighs fifty men

Oh why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
Why can't you take me?

Amen
Amen
Amen
Amen


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"The Dance" as written by Daniel Vincent Zemanek Christopher Allen Martin

Lyrics © DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

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  • +2
    General CommentTo me it seems like this song may be about someone she was very close to, perhaps a friend, and they shared the same feelings for eachother. At one point, they shared a brief encounter which made her feel that they were about to start a real relationship. He may have become hesitant and made excuses as to why he couldn't be more than friends, so she accepts them (anything to justify his actions) and buries her broken heart in alcohol and excuses. And although she'll be ok being friends with him, she still doesn't understand why he can't gain the courage to just take her in his arms.

    That's what I got out of it at least...either way, it is a beautiful song that pulls at my heart strings for these exact reasons.
    hyperactive_on September 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation'Inside my mouth I can hear all the voices say
    Do not lean over the ledge'

    Ok so basically she's talking about how everyone always told her to be careful.

    'I shouldn't look down and I shouldn't have found
    That your lips I still taste in my head'

    She's remembering the night she made the mistake that changed everything.

    'Raising my glass to the head of the class
    As she powers out steps one through ten'

    This I think is the night of the mistake, at a graduation, prom or something like that?

    'I think I'll be fine if I'm covered in wine
    Nice to hate you and love you again'

    This she talks about getting ready to see her mistake again, and she'll be okay if she's drunk.

    'And see you again
    And see you again'

    Even though she's angry/scared/sad to see him again, she's still longing for him.

    'Weary and worn little monster is born
    Tell me lies and I'll justify them'

    Ok, so her mistake was that she had a one night stand and got pregnant. The man didn't want anything romantic, but decided to stick around.

    'Desperate today and it's making me pay
    For that night for that kiss for your bed'

    She's thinking back to that one night and she feels sad and longing.

    'Whoever dared to love someone out there
    I don't need a balloon and a pin'

    She's turned very pessimistic with love, and doesn't need a slap back into reality.


    'The name of the game is outrunning the blame
    So I hate you and love you we're friends'

    Even though he did take responsibility for the kid, it affected her life the most. She hates him and loves him because she's in love with him and wants to be a family, but he just wants to be friends.

    'Guess we'll be friends
    I guess we'll be friends'

    She doesn't want to be friends.

    'Oh why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?'

    She's attached to him and doesn't understand why things have to be like this and she doesn't understand why they can't be a couple.

    'Better stop crying hello and goodbye-ing
    Go on through me slip right through my hands'

    This, I feel like, is singing about the kid. It's the father's turn to have it and she now pretty much feels like she has nothing when her child is at her dad's, the man that she loves.


    'You get your time and the other half's mine
    It's okay this love weighs fifty men
    It's okay this love weighs fifty men
    It's okay this love weighs fifty men'

    I think this part she's singing about the joint custody to the dad but she's okay with it because she buries herself into other men to not feel so alone.

    'Oh why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me?
    Why (why) can't (can't) you take me in your arms now?
    Why can't you take me?'

    Again she's so desperate for him.

    'Amen
    Amen
    Amen
    Amen'

    The end.
    saveme22on March 25, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI adore this song.
    So simple but the beautiful harmonies just take it to some other level.

    I think it's about the aftermath of a relationship that led to a brief intimacy, which ended the relationship as it used to be...
    She recalls it and still feels the need for him, and the regret after him.
    He's gone beyond that, left the 'place' she's lingering in where she's still struggling to move on.

    That's my understanding anyway.
    Regardless, it's one of the best songs on the album.
    Fragmenta_UKon November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt haunted you for a week?
    I haunted me for...2 maybe 3 months?
    Im on my schools drill team, and we hosted a competion and a school did a modern to this song and i tried fnding it for months but the only thing i could remember was " Do not lean over the ledge" and " i guess we'll be friends" Yeah that got me far.

    I think its about a love lost; something that was once there but isnt anymore and she fights the battles with herself just to be content with the fact that they arent together even though she has a proclivity to want him back.
    hillykaton June 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy winter guard learned a little dance/work out routine to this song, that goes so FREAKING perfectly with the beat, it's just amazing. And it's a lot of fun to dance to, as well. Amazing song! :D
    LoveMetal5233on December 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an exquisite song. My god. The first time I heard it it haunted me through the rest of the week.
    rainmachineon August 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSsssssuuuch an amazing song. So haunting. And it is making me cry at the moment.

    "Why (Why) can't (can't)
    you take me in your arms now?
    Why (Why) can't (can't) you take me?
    Better stop crying, hello and goodbying
    Go on through me, slip on through my hands"

    Yeah.
    Amen to that.
    CurtneyIsASuperher0on June 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheard it from SoYouThinkYouCanDance's top 16 group dance.


    and has been literally haunting me up til today.
    xLyricalxon July 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think overall this song is about the hardships and disappointments of life, mostly lost love, though, and how life is like a dance. People telling you not to rock the boat, relationships and how they don't work out, having kids born into a corrupt society, wanting to be with Mr. Right (someone not there) and how that could be a complete disaster, trying to stay friends after a breakup, and the anger at a former lover you can feel when you're finally over then, and finally, shared custody of a kid (you get your time and the other half's mine).
    iamcontenton July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever heard of this before. I'll definently have to check it out!
    HearSay Songson July 22, 2008   Link

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