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Garth Brooks: The Dance Meaning

Song Released: 1990

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The Dance Lyrics

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 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


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    May 24th, 2008 5:14pm report

    It is a song about a man that loved and lost the love of his life and is remembering her and thinking for a moment that he would have been better if he had never met her at all but he realized that he was a better man for having loved her this is a common theme of a lot of country songs and true for a lot of men such as myself for I have loved and lost forever and I hope that somebody gets inspiration from it and I hope that no matter were you are today I hope that you are happy brianna.


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    Dec 15th, 2008 12:32pm report

    This is a song about living life no matter how hard it is and when it is all said and done you look back and think that it was hard but what else is there to live for then overcoming the difficult times so you can better learn to apprechiate the good times.

    "Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain. But I'd of had to miss the dance."


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    Aug 12th, 2017 8:05pm report

    Five years into my marriage (many years ago) things were not going to well. I met a wonderful woman at work in a similar situation. We became very good friends…and eventually lovers. She was the most sexually compatible woman I have ever made love with. We were together for over a year.
    Then she found out that her husband was being promoted and they would soon be moving out of state. At the same time I found out my wife was pregnant. I had a hard decision to make. I could not abandon my child (son). With a heavy heart I elected to stay. She agreed, was very hurt but understood my decision. I took another job and moved away. She moved many different places over the years. I raised my assume son. I now have 5 wonderful grandchildren. We kept in touch for a few years, but life got in our way.
    I thought about her often. 18 months ago I decided to see how she was doing. After many hours of searching I found a devastating post. She had terminal cancer. I located her number ( she had moved back in state some years ago). I had to call her to let her know that I still loved her. I did not want her to die unloved by a man.
    She told me her husband became wealthy and she ended up a trophy wife. When he became abusive to her she divorced him. She took her only child and moved back home. I am still with my wife who is also a wonderful woman. ( I love them both dearly!) Still living hours away I was able to visit her a few times. When I showed up at her home it was as if only one week had passed not 35 years. It was great to see her. She never remarried. We started where we left off. I was amazing. I talked to her daily and we discussed a lot of “what ifs”. This song meant a lot to us.
    She died today.


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    Feb 29th, 2020 2:27am report

    To me, the dance represents your life with all the good and bad (pain). Everyone has experienced pain sometime in their life, but also has had a lot of good. If you missed all the pain you would have missed all the good. That is "Life".

    I could've missed the pain. But I would've of missed the Dance.


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    Dec 9th, 2019 12:37pm report

    I was wondering if this song could interpreted as losing a loved one like a father?


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    Dec 5th, 2019 12:14am report

    I think Garth Brooks meant Ihis song to reflect on his song singing and how he loved doing it..if he didn't miss the pain he'd s hada miss the fence


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    Feb 25th, 2019 2:59pm report

    If u know how life is gonna end then u will miss out on love . Take chances we do not know what life has in store for us that's why we can miss the pain . Don't miss out on love.


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    Feb 14th, 2018 2:55pm report

    Beautiful Song..... with so many meaning. Choose one that best fits your feeling and emotion.... go with it, and don't look back !


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    Dec 13th, 2017 12:08am report

    Live is a dance! It's choreographed, we make plans,goals, and we have dreams, but sometimes, most of the time, those dreams don't come true. Life is better left to chance. Just go with what life brings you. Life brings us so much joy, but at the same time, so much pain. I hope for most people the dance is how you choreographed it, but sometimes it's better that we don't know the ending! This is the song I want played at my funeral.


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    Mar 28th, 2016 3:17am report

    This song is about two forces, love and pain. Love ❤ conquered in the end as the artist man up after his emotional torture of lost and pain to acknowledge that the extraordinary feeling of love was worth anything he is now feeling, and it could be after many years of reflection. Garfield to Nicky...I love you to this day.


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    Mar 22nd, 2016 3:52pm report

    It's best not to know how things end because if you do, then you may deprive yourself of certain experiences.


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    Jan 19th, 2016 1:11pm report

    My daughter and I had a deep love and acceptance for one another. We would literally dance together in the living room and just be silly together at times. This song is, to me, about acceptance and ultimately, complete surrender to what was and 'What Is'. My beautiful daughter died recently from the ravages of alcoholism. I achingly watched over the years as she wasted away and struggled with the physical and emotional turmoil that she had had to endure over time. Yes, she had tried programs and had 'quit drinking' for months at a time. At the time of her death, she had been sober for the longest period; 5 months; but the overall physical damage had proved obviously too much for her--and at 42 she passed from this life.

    The pain, mentally and physically, became a constant companion for us both, toward the end. This song, however, has so touched me way down, so deeply. And I believe I speak for my wonderful daughter Erin, when I say, "Would I have missed the dance?" My God, no.


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    Sep 19th, 2014 9:44am report

    The song is about the death of Lane Frost.


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    May 13th, 2014 5:54pm report

    Losing your love is the most worse painful moment you can ever go through but looking back or refreshig on what u'v shared is the most wonderful thing such that you would even want to stop the hand of time for a moment.....I think that's what Mr Brooks is trying to put across.Christiany.


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    Apr 30th, 2013 4:28am report

    "Our lives, are better left to chance, I could've missed the pain, but I'da have to miss the dance"
    He pretty much says how if he knew how bad it would hurt when they ended he wouldn't of even been in the relationship in the first place, but then he decides that he couldve missed the pain... But he would have to miss the dance (the wonderful times they were together)


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    Oct 5th, 2012 10:33pm report

    This song was written by Tony Overman, originally. This is actually printed in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL #1.
    (There are four TEENAGE SOULs)


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    Feb 28th, 2012 2:44pm report

    Live life it it's fullest daily for it's short and God's given you this chance to dance in His world.Make the most of it,bad times or good.


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    Jan 28th, 2011 1:28am report

    This song, yes is about love gone wrong. He could have missed the pain, but wouldn't have had all the good experiences, but Garth himself also has said that it's about going through what you have to to stand up for something you believe in. Like Martin Luther King Jr. So it's also that you could have missed all the crap and bad stuff in life in general, but you would have missed all the great things. Garth also said that he wants this song played at his funeral. I think it's a Perfect funeral song... :)

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