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Dawn described her relationship with Finnian as “a dance”.

Today I came across the lyrics for Garth Brooks’ song The Dance and decided to post it here, along with some background information. The lyrics are meaningful to anyone who has experienced the loss of a life (dance) partner.

    Looking back on the memory of
    The dance we shared ‘neath the stars alone
    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

Artist: Brooks Garth; Song: The Dance; Album: Garth Brooks

The Wikipedia entry for The Dance states that it was recorded by country singer Garth Brooks in 1989. It was written by his friend Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks, and was a #1 chart hit.

The song was meant to be love song about the end of a relationship as well as a story of someone who died for something they believed in. Brooks illustrates these themes in the music video for the song.

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