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Father-Daughter / Mother-Son / Parents’ Dance Song


Most songs have a romantic theme rather than general supportive messages of advice and wisdom. Therefore choosing  a song for parents to dance to is more challenging than choosing a couple’s first dance song. It is best for parents to make their own choices. In some cases their songs have no reference to being typical parents to siblings songs. For example, I have done “Hotel California”  and “Whatever Lola wants”  as a parents’ dance song, simply because it was THEIR song! However, listed below are suggestions which I hope might help.

Born Free by Matt Monroe
Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows. Born free to follow your heart.
Excellent lyrics.Fabulous song.


Cheek To Cheek by Frank Sinatra
Heaven, I’m In heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. But I seem to find the happiness I seek.When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek.
A Jazzy swing number that parents might love to dance to.


Colour My World by Chicago
As time goes by, I realise just what you mean to me. And now, now that you’re gone, promise your love . . .
A beautiful ballad with lovely lyrics


Daddy’s Little Girl by Kenny Rogers
You’re the end of a rainbow, my pot of gold. You’re Daddy’s little girl, to have and to hold. A precious gem is what you are.
This is almost a wedding tradition to play when the bride dances with her papa.


Every Breath You take by The Police
Every breath you take, every move you make, every step you take I’ll be watching you.
“Oh! can’t you see, you belong to me, how my poor heart aches . . .”
Here’s a song  parents would love to be singing while dancing with their ‘just married’ son or daughter.


Glory Of Love by B.B.King
You’ve got to give a little, take a little. And let your poor heart break a little. That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.
A song with a message filled with words of advice.


How Deep Is The Ocean by Billy Holiday
How much do I love you, I’ll tell you no lie,How deep is the ocean, how high is the sky. How many times a day do I think of you. How many roses are sprinkled with dew.
A great jazz ballad  that makes a perfect choice for a parents’ dance.


Lean On Me  by Bill Withers
Lean on me, when you’re not strong. And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on . . .
This reggae song is ideal for reggae loving parents.


Misty by Ella Fitzgerald
Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree. And it looks like I’m clinging to a cloud, I can’t understand. I get misty just holding your hand
Another great jazz classic that some parents might insist is their song.


My Girl by The Temptations
I got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I got the month of May. What can make me feel this way? My girl!
Everyone’s favourite,  especially parents who want to sing to their daughters.


One Love by Bob Marley
One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright.
A classic reggae song by Marley for you to consider.


Over The Rainbow by
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.
One of the most popular standards of all time.


The Rose by Bette Midler
Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed. . . I say love, it is a flower, and you it’s only seed.

A very subtle song, with powerful lyrics.


Smile by Nat ‘King’ Cole
Smile though your heart is aching . . . You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.
Another popular song with a positive message.


Sunrise, Sunset.    Music by Jerry Bock/Lyrics by Sheldon Harmick
Is  this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy ay play? I don’t remember growing older. When did they? Now is the little boy a bridegroom? Now is the little girl a bride? . . . I see them standing side by side.
This lovely waltz is a specific parents’ song from ‘Fiddler On The Roof’


Unforgettable by Nat ‘King’ Cole
Unforgettable, that’s what you are. . .
Touching lyrics of a popular masterpiece.


The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
There is nothing for me but to love you just the way you look tonight.
A popular request, Sinatra’s version makes a nice quickstep.


What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloomin’ for me and for you. And I say to myself, what a wonderful world.
Most requested song in my repertoire. Most requested parents’ dance song.


Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
Did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would rather be . . . You are the wind beneath my wings.
This is specifically requested by couples to pay tribute to their ‘hero’ parents.


TheWonder Of You by Elvis Presley
. . . And you’re always there to lend a hand in everything I do. That’s the wonder of you.
Another choice couples make in honour of their parents.


You’ve Got A Friend  by Carole King
You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am. I’ll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you got to do is call and I’ll be there. You’ve got a friend.
A 70’s song that can be translated as parents’ everlasting support whenever called upon.


Your Choice

This can be any song. If it not in my repertoire, I will learn and perform it at your wedding. My version will be very personal and customised as to how you want the song to be done. If your parents love two or three songs and can’t make up their minds, or want to show off their dancing skills, I will arrange the songs as a medley and perform them back to back. If you opt to have the song on cd played for you, I will gladly do that.


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