Music for Saturday: Dancing in the Minefields

Dancing in the Minefields
Andrew Peterson

Well, I was 19 you were 21 the year we got engaged
And everyone said we were much to young, but we did it anyway
We got the rings for 40 each from a pawn shop down the road
And we said our vows and took the leap now 15 years ago

And we went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storms
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

Well “I Do” are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another, I’ve heard, is a good place to begin
‘Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storms
And this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
And when I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, to the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow-lands
Till the shadows disappear

‘Cause He promised not to leave us
And His promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos
Baby, I can dance with you

So, let’s go dancing in the minefields
Let’s go sailing in the storms
Let’s go dancing in the minefields
And kicking down the doors

Let’s go dancing in the minefields
And sailing in the storms
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for


I love these lyrics, not just because marriage is tough, but because they speak to me of those husbands and wives who take seriously the burden to show the mystery of Christ and His Church in their relationship, who pour themselves out for the gospel, who fight to see the glory of God in one another and the world around them, and do it with so much joy. When I witness those couples it is heartbreaking to realize that my own marriage isn’t like that in every respect, even though ours is a good marriage. I’m not complaining; my marriage is good and I’m (mostly) content. But I still pray for it (me) to be better, to be everything that God wants it (me) to be. Does that make sense? I don’t know, maybe I’m reading too much into the lyrics.

3 Comments on “Music for Saturday: Dancing in the Minefields

  1. hello I’ve been looking all over for this song. i fell in love with the song the first time i heard it. do you have the mp 3 version of it that you can send it to me? thank you in advance 🙂


  2. We ha this video at church yesterday and I cried….cried because I was 19 and my husband 21 when we got married almost 45 years ago….there are mostly minefields these days and I miss the dancing..but am holding on to the promise.
    I lost my Dad last month and he and my mother (94) were still dancing up until a couple of months ago, sometimes just enjoying a little dance at home. They dearly loved each other and were romantic with each other until the end. I know that they will be re-united with each other one day.
    Your song touched me…May God continue to Bless your Ministry through song.


  3. I heard this on the radio this morning, and went to my computer to find the words and got to this website. Thank you for the song. I have been married for 20 years and for second half, dancing in the minefields,going down the wrong road toward Divorce. But for the last year we have been trying and praying to just dance and stay away from the minefields. Alot of my family and friends are still in the minefields and I wanted to print these words for them to not give up!! It is all worth the “I do” till the end of days


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