"Dance With You" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Alan Gracey....
sittin' on the beach
the island king of love
deep in fijian seas
deep in some blissful dream
where the goddess finally sleeps
in the lap of her lover
subdued in all her rage
and I am aglow with the taste
of the demons driven out
and happily replaced
with the presence of real love
the only one who saves

I want to dance with you
I see a world where people live and die
with grace
the karmic ocean dried up and leave no
trace
I want to dance with you
I see a sky full of the stars that change
our minds
and lead us back to a world we would not
face

the stillness in your eyes
convinces me that I
I don't know a thing
and I been around the world and I've
tasted all the wines
a half a billion times
came sickened to your shores
you show me what this life is for

I want to dance with you
I see a world where people live and die
with grace
the karmic ocean dried up and leave no
trace
I want to dance with you
I see a sky full of the stars that change
our minds
and lead us back to a world we would not
face

in this altered state
full of so much pain and rage
you know we got to find a way to let it go

sittin' on the beach
the island king of love
deep in fijian seas
deep in the heart of it all
where the goddess finally sleeps
after eons of war and lifetimes
she smilin' and free, nothin' left
but a cracking voice and a song, oh lord

I want to dance with you
i see a world where people live and die
with grace
the karmic ocean dried up and leave no
trace
I want to dance with you
i see a sky full of the stars that change
our minds
and lead us back to a world we would not
face
we would not face
we would not face
we would not face
we would not face
we would not face


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"Dance With You" as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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    General CommentJust read through this, really interesting.....

    I think it's this whole religious thing. He's talking about god, and "paradise" =>
    "world where people live and die with grace"
    i'll have to explain that.
    people are always busy with their life, but they forget the more important things, like God maybe, because it's not as obvious and glamorous.it's harder to live with god and be different. He says that only when we are really down, we come back to him
    "and I been around the world and I've
    tasted all the wines
    a half a billion times
    came sickened to your shores
    you show me what this life is for "
    and then he says, that when we look at the stars we can see that world, and we are reminded of how life could be
    "I see a sky full of the stars that change our minds
    and lead us back to a world we would not face" the world we could not face => we are to scared and lazy to risk the other life we could have.
    he even says "oh lord".....

    I know it might sound strange, but just read through the song thinking of this. It will make sense to you. It doesn't have to be a christian godby the way...

    Live havbe such a good way, of having the most beautiful lyrics and still having a deeper message. brilliant

    my fav song ever........

    annion August 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song summons up my feelings about love. beautiful lyrics
    LITAon April 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs in the world and its the greatest long song becasue it sums up an all consuming love in perfect words. The words are so strong and powerful. Live is such a great band i love all of their songs!!!!!
    summergirlon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuys, Ed wrote this song for his bride while they were honeymooning in Fiji
    liveislifeon December 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a deeply profound song, and I am inspired every time I hear it. It is a song of love --not romantic love but Divine Love and deep spiritual yearning. The singer is appealing to the Goddess for release from delusion of the everyday world. The Goddess is an embodiment of the Divine Mother. Her dance is the "cosmic dance" that keeps the universe in motion in Hindu mythology. She is the giver of all and provider of all, including enlightenment. The singer is "aglow with the taste of the demons driven out" meaning that the attachments to worldly attractions have worn off--"and happily replaced with the presence of real love the only one who saves" And so he begins to yearn for real love, Divine love, as the only thing that saves (saves = enlightenment in the Buddhist sense, moksha in the Hindu sense, or salvation in the Christian sense) It is the only thing that lasts, and the only thing worth living for.

    The singer has "tasted all the wines a half a billion times" means that he has had many, many experiences (and lifetimes) of worldly pleasures, which, while may have been pleasant, didn't bring any lasting happiness. With this realization came the great wisdom that that fleeting pleasures will never bring him true happiness. He has gone through many, many cycles of birth, death, and rebirth (samsara in the eastern traditions) and this has "sickened" him because it is an endless treadmill that can never lead to real happiness. "The karmic ocean dried up and leaves no trace" means that the singer has paid off his karmic debts and there is nothing left to hold him on the treadmill of "eons of war and lifetimes". He is ready to break free--he is ready to be enlightened. He prays to the goddess to "show me what this life is for". His deep dissatisfaction has lead him to realize that there is more to life than what he experiences with the senses. He has been missing something all along. He has arrived at the great wisdom that he will continue to suffer unless he is released from the vicious cycle. "The stillness in your eyes convinces me that I don't know a thing" means that although he has had all this experience from lifetime to lifetime, none of it has led to deep inner peace--the peace that he sees in her eyes and yearns for himself. He knows she has something better, and she can release him from the bondage that all beings suffer from. So he begs to dance with the Goddess--to dance with her is to attain release from suffering--to dance with her is to attain enlightenment. To be able to live in the world and not be attached to the world is to have the inner peace of Buddha, Jesus, and the great saints and sages that have been liberated from the bonds of the mind and worldly attachment. Every living soul, one at a time, will come to the same realization that the singer has-- and will drop "sickened to her shores", seeking Truth at the feet of the Divine.
    jlgotton November 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best love song ever!
    xacoon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first, I too thought this song was a love song. However, like most of Live's awesome lyrics, I think this song has a much deeper meaning. Knowing that at the time "The Distance to Here" was recorded, Ed was heavily influenced by eastern religious thought, I would argue that this song is a description of what it feels like to meditate, and be at complete peace with oneself. Just read the lyrics carefully, and notice the imagery used to describe the 'lover" in the song...it's a deep song. Live is such a great band, because the lyrics are true poetry.
    rtpleaseon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI couldn't agree more xaco :) this is the best "love" song ever, kinda interresting to read it, while thinking of it as a song about meitating!
    ChARoNon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentooo, i never thought about it that way before, rtplease.

    i can see your point.
    renderon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhen i hear this song i think he's talking about a lover who left him or died....becuz he'sdreaming and his goddess finally sleeps, all he wants to do is be with her and the stars bring him back to a place he doesn't want to be, it's depressing but i love it
    kerrinaon July 19, 2002   Link

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