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.

I danced for the scribes and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance
and they would not follow me;
I danced for the fishermen,
for James and John;
They came to me and the dance went on.


I danced on the Sabbath
and I danced on the feasts,
I danced for the people and the Levites
and the priests.
I cured the lame and the blind man’s eye,
And I danced alone to the cross to die.


I danced on a Friday
and 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.


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.


Words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter
in 1967, who adapted the tune from the famous American Shaker dance song "Simple Gifts."

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