Song Lyric Sunday 16th June 2019

It’s Father’s Day and Jim’s theme for this week is Dad/Father/Barbecue.

I lost my Dad in May 1996 and my Father-in-law in January 2004, so we shall be lighting a candle for them today.
Last Thursday, we paid our final respects and said goodbye to our neighbour who had passed away aged 69, just two years older than my Dad had been.
Not only was he a loving husband, but he was a Dad, step father and grandfather, and will be sadly missed not only by his family, but friends and local residents as well.

I don’t remember when this song came out, but when I heard it first, it made me yearn for my Dad. Since preparing this post, I have been missing my Dad more than ever, and talking to Hubby, he’s been missing his Dad too. We miss them both, their sense of humour, counsel when troubled and a myriad of other things that made them so special.

Luther Vandross wrote this song from personal experience, though his father died when he was just 7 years old.
In February 2004, “Dance with My Father” earned Vandross and Marx a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Vandross a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Marx accepted the award on behalf of Vandross, who was unable to attend due to health concerns. At the same event, singer Celine Dion performed a live rendition of the song in lieu of Vandross, and Marx accompanied her on the piano. After the performance, Vandross however accepted the awards on a videotaped speech.
With his death in 2005, “Dance with My Father” was the last top 40 hit for Luther Vandross in the United States, peaking at number 38. The song also peaked at 21 in the UK Singles Chart. On August 29, 2009, the song re-entered the UK top 40 after a performance of the song on The X Factor by Joe McElderry. (source WIKI)

I’ve selected the two versions, the lyrics are in the second video clip and more reminiscent of dancing with my Dad as I stood on his feet as a child, and later we had the first dance at the evening reception when I married first.
Both make me feel weepy as they are sung from the heart.

To all Dads everywhere

This is the Luther Vandross version

and this is Celine Dion, who looks a lot healthier here than she does today.

Dance with my Father
Written by Luther Vandross and Richard Marx

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 momma 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
I’d hear how my mother cried for him
Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
I’d hear how my mother cried for him

I’d pray for her even more than me
I know I’m praying for much too much
But could you send back 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

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 16th June 2019

  1. These are beautiful songs. Lost my dad in 87. Seems a very long time ago.

  2. Di this is a perfect match for the theme today. I did not realize how many sad father songs are out there and I am sure that I will be crying a lot today listening to all of them. It is nice to have memories of being loved, when your dad is no longer with you.

  3. J-Dub says:

    Simply the best! Thanks for sharing this one.

  4. aisasami says:

    What a beautiful song from a beautiful singer. I still have my dad but my friend just lost hers this week, he was the same age as my father. It just reminds to cherish my dad more and more.

  5. msjadeli says:

    Very moving post, Di. I miss my Dad too. So many things I never got to say to him.

  6. LydiaA1614 says:

    I have always loved this. My Dad passed away in 2012 and I can’t say our relationship was always a positive one but the ending was something if I could I would change. I left the hospice exactly 1 hour before he passed and even though I said my goodbyes, there was little chance that he even knew I was there. I regret leaving and wouldn’t if I had known it would be so soon. My mother had passed over 20 years before and he was never the same after that. When he came to live with us for the last four years I would hear him calling for her in his sleep. At least I know that now they are together again.

    • I am so sorry for your loss Lydia. I lost my Mum in January 2018 and visited her in the care home in December 2017, but she wasn’t well and asleep in bed. She did wake up while I was there, and there was a flicker of recognition before she went back to sleep. I hope it did register, as although I spoke to her on the phone several times after that, she died in hospital. We live nearly 300 miles away so I said my final goodbyes on the morning of the funeral. She’d lived with my sister since 1995 until September 2017 when she couldn’t cope with Mum’s dementia any more.
      I was with my Dad when he died, as was Mum, my brother, and Hubby. I just wish I had gone back and hugged him before he had that final heart attack.
      Like you, I am comfortable with the thought that they are together again.
      I love this song, it says so much.

      • LydiaA1614 says:

        I had told my husband, sister, and Dad’s doctor that if he left the hospital this time I couldn’t take him back as his health was getting worse as was the dementia (but he was adamant that he didn’t have it so any mention that this was the reason pulled us further apart. I am sorry for your losses as well.

      • Thank you. Dementia is terrible for everyone concerned. My sister and I are distant anyway (this goes back to my teens) and I have not heard from her since Christmas though understand she has been in contact with my brother in the UK and also my SIL in NZ.

      • LydiaA1614 says:

        My sister and I are many years apart and totally different. Shortly after we wrapped up the estate, etc. we broke ties and haven’t spoken in several years. It is sad, but speaks to the relationship we did (or didn’t) have.

      • I can relate totally with that.

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