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written by Sydney Carter
  1. I danced in the morning
    When the world was begun,
    And I danced in the moon
    And the stars and the sun,
    And I came down from heaven
    And I danced on the earth,
    At Bethlehem
    I had my birth.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
  2. I danced for the scribe
    And the pharisee,
    But they would not dance
    And they wouldn't follow me.
    I danced for the fishermen,
    For James and John -
    They came with me
    And the Dance went on.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
  3. I danced on the Sabbath
    And I cured the lame;
    The holy people
    Said it was a shame.
    They whipped and they strippedAnd they hung me on high,
    And they left me there
    On a Cross to die.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
  4. I danced on a Friday
    When the sky turned black -
    It's hard to dance
    With the devil on your back.
    They buried my body
    And they thought I'd gone,
    But I am the Dance,
    And I still go on.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
  5. They cut me down
    And I leapt up high;
    I am the life
    That'll never, never die;
    I'll live in you
    If you'll live in me -
    I am the Lord
    Of the Dance, said he.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah

Copyright 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd. London, England.