Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around 'till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved

If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love love love
To dance with my father again

When I and my mother
Would disagree
To get my way I would run
From her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
Yeah yeah
Then finally make me do
Just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he
Would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance
One final step
One final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
'Cause I'd love love love to
Dance with my father again

Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how mama would cry for him
I'd pray for her even more than me
I'd pray for her even more than me

I know I'm praying for much too much
But could you send her
The only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But Dear Lord
She's dying to dance with my father again

Every night I fall asleep
And this is all I ever dream

Lyrics submitted by ruben

Dance with My Father Lyrics as written by Richard Marx Luther Vandross

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    I just love this song! Although I haven't lost my father, I still cried when I heard this song because at the time my parents had just divorced and I was living with my mom, and I heard this song and thought it was the sweetest thing ever. Luther Vandross is a very talented guy and just for the record, I hope he gets better.
    zacsteron April 15, 2004   Link
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    My father hasn't passed, that I know of. Sadly, my father didn't want to be in my life and found it easier to blame me and my sister for 'rejecting' him than to admit it he didn't want to see us. This song relates to me, because what I wouldn't give to dance with my father.
    jordanwhiteon May 07, 2019   Link
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    i totally agree with you.i also am very fortunate to still have my dad in my life & listening to this song makes me appreciate him even more.i too have a lump in my throat everytime i hear is a very beautiful song.
    faizaon April 17, 2004   Link
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    im with u guys on this. its a really beautiful adn emotional song. i am also fortunate enough to still have my dad in my life. sorry to sound morbid, but i think this is the song that i would need played at his funeral - which i hope is still a long time away
    liv85on November 04, 2004   Link
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    good song.... i am a rock,rap kinda guy.... but when i heard this song i was like whoa...kick ass. go luther way to tug at the heart strings. rock on brother!
    frenzyon December 08, 2004   Link
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    Im not lucky enuf to have my dad with me anymore, and this song makes me cry my eyes out all the time, bu cant help but listen to it cuz it puts it into context how im feelin totally! i cant believe a song can hit the spot so much, id do anythin in the world to be back with my dad and it cnt b done! ***I know I'm praying for much too much But could you send back the only man she loved*** I used to pray everynite that my dad would come back and it...i cnt describe it, hes so talented and this is a truely amazing song! xxx
    lil_hanon February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Moving song,the author totally wrote what it feels like to loose somebody we love.
    Frauon December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment
    This is a beautiful song. My father is getting old now, so the song teaches me to appreciate as much as I can while he is still on this earth. It will probably express my exact feelings if (when) that day comes. Although I am no cry baby, this is definitely one song where I have to fight to hold back tears for the inevitable.
    migzon September 12, 2006   Link
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    The first time I heard this song I was so moved by beautiful and sad! And I feel the same, it makes me cherish still having a father.
    Rocklovinggirlon September 16, 2006   Link
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    My parents divorced seven years ago. two years ago, after moving across the country and not seeing me in a year, my dad got me there for his wedding. Me and him danced to this song at the wedding. At the time, I thought it was stupid to dance with him at HIS wedding and took it for granted. Now, I wish I never did. I slap myself for that everytime I hear this song. And when I get married, me and him want to dance to that exact same song.
    Ritz_freakon October 14, 2006   Link

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