It's always an interesting story how a song comes about. It can come from so many places, anywhere really--a medley, a lyrics, a thought, a mistake, a hum. But, there's such a long path a song takes before it really becomes a hit. I will be the first to admit that without this song there might not have been the others. Ironically it was the very first thing I ever had recorded after we moved to Nashville. More ironic, perhaps, is how prophetic the words to this song have become by virtue of circumstance, not some grand design on my part at the time of their creation. What has happened since then could have been no more anticipated than it could be re-created. My one brush with being right was pure chance, as it were. I met the gentleman who cut it at an open-mic songwriter's show at Douglas Corner.
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Garth Brooks Lyrics. Looking back on the memory of The dance we shared 'neath the stars above For a moment all the world was right How could I have known that 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 lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I'd have had to miss the dance Holding you I held everything For a moment wasn't I a king But if I'd only known how the king would fall Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all And now I'm glad I didn't know The way it all would end the way it all would go Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I'd have had to miss the dance Yes my life is better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I'd have had to miss the dance. Submit Corrections. This song was inspired by a scene from the film "Peggy Sue Got Married" Tony Arata said, "Kathleen Turner discovers she can't alter one aspect of her past without affecting the rest. Tony Arata recalled on his website the times when he and Garth Brooks were still little-know songwriters, "We were both doing whatever we could to stay in Nashville, trying to get our songs heard by anybody. The music video for this song shows several American prominent figures, including Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy, John Wayne.
It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song. At the opening of the music video, Brooks explains that the song is written with a double meaning - both as a love song about the end of a passionate relationship, and a story of someone dying because of something he believes in, after a moment of glory. The song's music video , directed by John Lloyd Miller , features an introduction by Brooks himself explaining the alternative meaning of the song. These include archive footage of the following:. Released near the beginning of his career, "The Dance" was a hit single around the world, including the United States , Europe , and Ireland , charting inside the British pop top In a Playboy interview, Brooks said, "unless I am totally surprised, The Dance will be the greatest success as a song we will ever do. I'll go to my grave with The Dance. It'll probably always be my favorite song. It was also the second song to be played on UK station Country , the first being another Brooks number.