I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance
(Lee Ann Womack)

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

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth making

Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance.

12 thoughts on “I Hope You Dance”

  1. You know I play this song for myself ALL the time, right? Its just too good. I love the reminder and the hope. Hugs for you today!! 🙂

  2. I love this song so much. I was salutatorian of my high school, and based my speech off these lyrics…and read them aloud from the podium. Wonderful.

    I hope you dance today, Lindsey.

  3. I love this song!

    Just reading through your last couple of posts and they are really quite timely for me as I am about to have my second daughter and I too love watching the relationship of my daughter with her Nana (and Grammy). I have never been one to think too much about the special relationships of women, but yet innately, I know how powerful they are. For some reason, preparing for the birthing process brings this realization to the forefront.

    Anyway, I love your blog. Thanks for making me think.

  4. Alisha (my wife) despises country music. Yet she loves this song (which is a great one). She says she wants this to be the song we play when she dances with Jason at his wedding.

  5. As a side note, I’m glad to finally learn that the line is “hell-bent heart.” I always wondered why a “helping heart” would leave you bitter.

  6. This song always reminds me that I WANT to dance, when I’ve gotten so wrapped up in being an adult that I’ve forgotten. A beautiful wish for our children – may they never lose that desire.

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