Luther Vandross | Dance With My Father | Lyrics

Dance With My Father

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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

Ooh, ooh

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

Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
And I’d hear her, mama cryin’ for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me

I know I’m prayin’ for much too much
But could You send back the only man she loved
I know You don’t do it usually
But Lord, she’s dyin’ to dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep
And this is all I ever dream

Facts About Dance With My Father Song and Lyrics


Dance with My Father is the thirteenth and final studio album by American R&B-soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross. It was released in the United States on June 10, 2003 by J Records, his final album to be released before his death on July 1, 2005. The album, especially its title track, was dedicated to Vandross’ late father.

The album earned Vandross two American Music Awards in 2003 –  Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album—and four Grammy Awards in 2004 – Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Dance with My Father” (also nominated for Best R&B Song), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “The Closer I Get to You” (with Beyoncé), and Best R&B Album.

Dance with My Father debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving some 442,000 units in its opening week alone, and also topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, after debuting at #42 the previous week.

It was Vandross’ first and only album to top the ‘Pop’ albums chart. It was his eighth time at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Dance With My Father also stands as the biggest selling studio album of Luther’s entire career with over 2.9 million sales in the United States alone. The title track single was a hit on Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary radio. It received the 2004 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year, which Luther shared with his co-writer – superstar Richard Marx.



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