For a Dancer

Dedicated to my daughter, Sarah. Since a young girl, she found her passion in dance. For her, life is a dance of beauty, grace, style, and passion.

Jackson Browne has always moved me with his music and song writing. One of my favorite albums is Late for the Sky, and the song on that album, For a Dancer. The song is one of hope, yet sung with much sadness.

Here are the lyrics:

Keep a fire burning in your eye
Pay attention to the open sky
You never know what will be coming down
I don’t remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must have thought you’d always be around
Always keeping things real by playing the clown
Now you’re nowhere to be found

I don’t know what happens when people die
Can’t seem to grasp it as hard as I try
It’s like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
That I can’t sing
I can’t help listening
And I can’t help feeling stupid standing ’round
Crying as they ease you down
’cause I know that you’d rather we were dancing
Dancing our sorrow away
(right on dancing)
No matter what fate chooses to play
(there’s nothing you can do about it anyway)

Just do the steps that you’ve been shown
By everyone you’ve ever known
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Another’s steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you’ll do alone

Keep a fire for the human race
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
And just as easily it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around
(the world keeps turning around and around)
Go on and make a joyful sound

Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
But you’ll never know

— Jackson Browne

I’ll end with a video of Jackson Browne performing this song, apparently recorded back in 1976:

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One response to “For a Dancer

  1. So many good things from the 70’s. I wish I could remember them all. This is a good memory. I was much more into music way back then, but then my hearing was much better too.

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