Dance With My Father
Luther Vandross Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Luther Vandross's song "Dance With My Father" reflect the deep and powerful love and longing for a father who has passed away. Vandross reminisces about the happy memories of his childhood when he was innocent and his father was alive. His father would lift him high, dance with his mother and him, and spin him around until he fell asleep. These sweet moments were especially meaningful because they showed him that he was loved. Vandross wishes that he could relive those precious moments and have one more chance to dance with his father again.


In the second verse, Vandross shares a memory of when he and his mother would disagree, and he would run to his father for comfort. His father made him laugh and then encouraged him to do what his mother asked. After Vandross went to sleep, his father left a dollar under his sheet, a small gesture that showed his love and care. Vandross expresses his sorrow that he did not realize then that his father would be gone forever. He wishes that he could have a final chance to dance with him and play a song that would never end.


In the last verse, Vandross hears his mother cry for his father, and he prays for her to find peace and happiness. He asks God to send his father to dance with his mother again, even though he knows it's an impossible request. Despite the pain and longing, Vandross says that every night, he falls asleep, and all he ever dreams of is dancing with his father. The song is a touching tribute to love, family, and the memories that never fade.


Line by Line Meaning

Back when I was a child
When I was young and innocent


Before life removed all the innocence
Before life took away my innocence


My father would lift me high
My father would lift me up in his arms


And dance with my mother and me
And dance with both me and my mother together


And then
And after that


Spin me around 'till I fell asleep
Spin me around until I fell asleep


Then up the stairs he would carry me
Then, he would carry me up the stairs


And I knew for sure
And I was absolutely sure


I was loved
That I was loved by him


If I could get another chance
If I could have one more opportunity


Another walk
Another walk with him


Another dance with him
Another dance with my father


I'd play a song that would never ever end
I would play a song that would never stop playing


How I'd love love love
How much I would love to


To dance with my father again
To dance with my father one more time


When I and my mother
When me and my mother


Would disagree
Had a disagreement


To get my way I would run
To get my way, I would run


From her to him
From my mother to my father


He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
He would make me laugh to make me feel better


Then finally make me do
And then he would make me do


Just what my mama said
Exactly what my mother told me to do


Later that night when I was asleep
Later that night when I was sleeping


He left a dollar under my sheet
He left a dollar bill under my sheet


Never dreamed that he
Never thought that he


Would be gone from me
Would leave me behind


If I could steal one final glance
If I could take one last look


One final step
One last step with him


One final dance with him
One last dance with my father


I'd play a song that would never ever end
I would play a song that would never stop playing


'Cause I'd love love love to
Because I would really, really, love to


Dance with my father again
Dance with my father one last time


Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
Sometimes I would eavesdrop outside my mother's room


And I'd hear how mama would cry for him
And I would hear how much my mother missed him


I'd pray for her even more than me
I would pray for her, even more, when I heard her cry


I know I'm praying for much too much
I know I am asking for too much


But could you send her
But could you please send her


The only man she loved
The man she truly loved


I know you don't do it usually
I know this is not what you usually do


But Dear Lord
But please, Dear Lord


She's dying to dance with my father again
She really wants to dance with my father one last time


Every night I fall asleep
Every night before I fall asleep


And this is all I ever dream
This is all I ever dream about




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Luther Vandross, Richard Marx

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@sandrafritz3895

My sweet little girl just loved to spin round and round in her power wheelchair with her daddy. The Wheelchair dance is what she called it.
On December 14th 2023....
We lost our hero.
The light of our family.
The big guy as we called him.
The one that made everything right in our family.
Daddy had an amazing smile, laugh and sense of humor.
To us It seems like the world should just stop but,
for some reason it just keeps going.
Now although we know in our hearts that our Sweet Daddy.....
Is no longer in pain,
His eyes can now see again,
He now can walk again,
He now can eat again,
He now can laugh again and
He now is whole again.
BUT NOW...
I have so much confusion within my heart , because I was the one that prayed for God to heal him. I asked God to help him, I was the one that prayed for God to make him better again. But I didn't realize when I was asking God for these things, Was I really asking God to just take him to heaven?

I love my sweet husband so much that if letting him go was the only way that God could help him to get better than yes... I am willing to go through this pain. My heart is definitely broken, more like a crushed feeling I would say.
BUT as for our sweet daughter this is just something her sweet innocent soul just cannot process.
It's as if her heart,
her world,
her life as she knew it has been put into a dryer cycle .
It has gone round and round tumbling , hitting and bouncing from wall to wall of the dryer.
Now that the dryer cycle has stop we can't just open the door take out what's left of our lives and neatly fold it up and put what's left back on the shelf ready to start all over again.
It's kind of like folding a pair of socks but, one is missing.
You searched and searched for that matching sock but no matter where you look you cannot find it.

This song reminds me of both of them doing the wheelchair dance. The smiling faces and the little giggles as they would just twirl round and round you would want the dance to never end.
Deep down in my heart and my soul I know that my husband is doing amazing right now he's with his maker. He's with the one that loves him more than anyone in the world.
BUT...
If anyone that reads this could just say a small little prayer for my sweet little girl to help ease her sweet little heart I would be forever grateful.
And I as well pray for anyone that is going through a deep loss themselves. I pray that the Lord eases your pain.
Thank you and God Bless you!



All comments from YouTube:

@taleahpaigee2621

Sending hugs to everyone listening to this with no father

@wadersburden9685

I lost my father in 1985, I think about him every single day.

@taleahpaigee2621

Awww I hope you feel better 💕

@jimwe19a

Never knew mine

@cee2176

❤️

@TizzyMaxwell

thank you

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@tashastoma

My Dad died this morning from cancer, love him so much.

@ericks1911

Condolences to you

@micheleknox5118

So sorry for your loss

@timothystevens5080

God bless you and your father I'm glad you had a good relationship with your father how you have my condolences I'm from New Jersey I'm from Old School God bless you wish you more. God is always with you also your father never gives up

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