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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
Our...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    mastermind32
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    May 24th 2008 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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    anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2008 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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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Aug 12th 2017 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.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 11th report

    I think it's about wife/girl friends lost. But to my surprise I saw a connection to my 19 year old daughter. I raised her from age 9, then solo 4 years ago after her mother died. No daughter was ever loved more. But I found out 3 weeks ago she had been disobeying me behind my back, getting progressively wilder until she told me she was pregnant. Idk she even had a bf. She has the maturity of a 10 year old. My heart has been shattered. The pain of her not being the girl I thought she was is overwhelming. She gave so much love until momma died then heartache since. Is the pain eorth the dance? I just don't know......

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2021 report

    I lost my brother when he was only 16 and the part of the song that says
    How could I have know that you ‘d you ever say goodbye! Means so much to mean!

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2021 report

    Being in a 18 month live-in relationship with a man that I literally grew up with since kindergarten shocked me as I can never remember feeling attracted to him as anything more than a very good (platonic) dear friend..
    We made our relationship into something that I’m sorry to say to myself, changed our future as the lifelong friends we were. We both had our own ways ways that were quite different than what I hoped or wanted in a man. I didn’t like the way I would often times react because I “knew that I knew what I was talking about...”! He was just as strong headed as I was, but in a way that came actress like he always knew best... “Sounds” trivial, I get it. I think we made a lot of beautiful memories — and the love was there. But, the same mistakes & expectations broke me from trying to believe I could just “get over” , as he’d say. I knew I couldn’t bring myself to accept the apologies over the same things some men define themselves “the manly” type over.
    “The Dance”, our Dance, was beautiful WHEN he , I guess felt like letting me have what he learned about me and that’s to make me feel like the most beautiful person in the world — to him, everyday. I’d have done more for the truthful kind of love I had for him that “any” man would have been praying for. But him being a very much of a single man all his life, he was used to the visuals... I couldn’t be “okay” with what all that included. But, our love and closeness as we shared things like, hours of stories, laughing till we cried, and making love, this was part of the Dance I would never have had if I didn’t have to sadness. cooking together... but the hard times, as I do look back, several months later. I learned a lot about myself and more about him than I ever imagined. It was worth itin order to share The Dance.

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 18th 2020 report

    ,,,,:sixty nine years of marriage then finding "loving notes" my sister sent to husband Paul which caused enough shock and trauma to crush my life as it stood .... immediately, i was going to kill myself, prior to his i had been instructed by her to call,,,, that she would never call me, or visit me although we lived less than 8 miles apart, And to think the bastard was intimate with him and yet kept dragging me along in their old age sex...

    The ultimate end was that i had to rewrite the script of my life, every damn interaction for the past 40 years,

    Over the phone I asked her "Did you and Paul have sex, yes or no?" Sister replied, "We took you to Nashville,,,"
    This phone call was two weeks after Paul died,
    i have no
    closure nor will get any unless i bring a law suit against her because she stole my marital rights,,,,,,,

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 13th 2020 report

    I think of the time when I met my soulmate and then abused the relationship. We divorced and me not realizing what I had lost. I remarried but he was always on my mind. He married 4 more times and is now been with the last one for about 20 yrs. I divorced and moved back to my hometown in Oklahoma where he never left. I know now that over the years what a mistake I made. I have to live with that. I will always remember his smile and his gentleness. I will always love him and I am about happy when I think about it, that we had the pain and the dance.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 29th 2020 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2019 report

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

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 5th 2019 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

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2019 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2018 report

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

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 13th 2017 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.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2016 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2016 report

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

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2016 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.

  18. anonymous
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    Sep 19th 2014 report

    The song is about the death of Lane Frost.

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