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I Dare You


words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul

I Dare You cover art
From the single I Dare You


Me and Cindy Hanson were out on Johnson’s Cliff
Holdin’ hands, lookin’ down, yeah, standin’ on the edge
We’d seen high school kids jumpin’, screamin’ in the sun
It always seemed so scary, but it always looked so fun

Cindy dropped my hand and said, “let’s do it
I’ll kiss you on the lips if we live through it”

“I dare you
I double dog dare you
Take that step, put fate to the test
On the count of three
Fly or fall with me
I dare you”

We backed up a few steps, then Cindy counted three
I don’t think I was breathin’, all Cindy did was scream
We swam back to the shore, stood in the sand to dry
She put her arms around me, she looked me in the eye

I smiled at her and told her, “we don’t have to”
She said, “I don’t do nothin’ I don’t want to”

“I dare you
I double dog dare you
Take that step, put fate to the test
On the count of three
Fly or fall with me
I dare you”

And on the day I gave her the ring
I said to her from down on bended knee

“I dare you
I double dog dare you
Take that step, put fate to the test
On the count of three
Fly or fall with me
I’ll take that leap of faith, if you will, too
I dare you
I dare you
I dare you
I dare you”


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