Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 hit song I Hope You Dance is one of the most requested songs for either the bride’s dance with her father, or the groom’s dance with his mother. It works perfectly for either one…or both.
It’s one of only a handful of songs whose lyrics are clearly giving a very specific piece of parental advice. “….and when you the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance…”
That is a beautiful message for a parent to give to a child who is about to embark on a new chapter in their lives. It’s basically a contemporary way of interpreting the poem Gather Ye Rosebuds.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
Perhaps Ms. Womack is merely reinterpreting Woody Allen’s quote that “80 percent of life is showing up.” Either way, it’s a terrific choice for the bride’s dance with her father, or the groom with her mother…..or both.
Let me know what you think.