Dance Little Jean Lyrics

John Denver


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: James (arvey) Ibbotson
album: Track 12 in album Autograph
release date: 1980
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Bluegrass/Folk
length: 3:11

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John Denver Autograph cover art
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Played a wedding for the money and I wish I could have told the bride and groom
Just what I think of marriage, what's in store after the honeymoon.
I was rumbling through the verses about how men and women ought to live apart,
How a promise never made could not be broken and would never break a heart.

Suddenly from out of nowhere this little girl came spinning across the floor
Her crinolines were billowing beneath the skirt of calico she wore.
As her joy fell on the honored guests each one of them was drawn into her dream
And they laughed and stamped and clapped their hands and hollered at her, dance little jean!

They said:
Dance little jean, this day is for you,
Two people that you love stood up to say 'i do.'
Dance little jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
Your momma's marrying your dad.

Well this cynic's heart just melted as I figured what this get together meant
And how it ended years of tears and sad confusions that the little girl had spent.
They told the band to pack it up about the time the couple cut the cake
But we stayed and we played all night long for love and laughs and little jeanie's sake

We played:
Dance little jean, this day is for you,
Two people that you love stood up to say 'i do.'
Dance little jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
Your momma's marrying your dad.

We sang:
Dance little jean, this day is for you,
Two people that you love stood up to say 'i do.'
Dance little jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
Your momma's marrying your dad.


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Dancing With the Mountains
  • 2 The Mountain Song
  • 3 How Mountain Girls Can Love
  • 4 Song for the Life
  • 5 The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel
  • 6 In My Heart
  • 7 Wrangle Mountain Song
  • 8 Whalebones and Crosses
  • 9 American Child
  • 10 You Say That the Battle Is Over
  • 11 Autograph
  • 12 Dance Little Jean
  • 13 On the Wings of an Eagle