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Los Angeles, CA--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 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 again 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 The late Luther Vandross' father died when Luther was young, and 40 years later Luther still grieved. In 2003, he co-wrote the powerful song "Dance With My Father," dedicated to his memory of childhood dances with his father. The music video for the song features various celebrities alongside their fathers and other family members. To watch the video, click here or see below. [youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=nvW6nuQ2B0s]

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