Song of the Day #3,484: ‘May I Have This Dance’ – Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper

This song (and its video) is one of my favorite discoveries of 2017, and I didn’t even know it existed until two days before the New Year.

Francis and the Lights is a one-man pop act who hails from Oakland and has released two albums and a handful of EPs over the last decade. He is best known for collaborations with Kanye West (on the song ‘Friends’) and today’s track, which was remixed with an added verse by Chance the Rapper.

If I posted this song today and said it was a deleted track from Peter Gabriel’s So, I don’t think anybody would have called me on it. In fact, I’m tempted to try just that but I’d rather give Francis and Chance their due.

This video is a spiritual sibling to Haim’s ‘Want You Back’ from last week. It’s an unbroken shot of Chance the Rapper showcasing some nifty dance moves with occasional accompaniment by Francis.

[Verse 1]
In the ground, we bury
The seeds of a pear tree
All the things, we carried
Now we’re down to our bare feet

[Chorus]
May I have this dance?
To make it up to you
Can I say something crazy?
I love you
Give me both your hands
To make it up to you
Let me spin and excite you

[Verse 2]
We are bound to inherit
(Ooooooooooooh)
The sins of our parents
(Ooooooooooooh)
And all of the people we passed through
(Ooooooooooooh)
Now we’re down to the last two

[Chorus]
May I have this dance?
To make it up to you
Can I say something crazy?
I love you
Give me both your hands
To make it up to you
Let me spin and excite you

[Bridge]
To make it up to you
Dance
To make it up to you
Ooooooooooooh

[Chorus]
May I have this dance?
To make it up to you
(Can I say something crazy?)
Can I say something crazy?
I love you
Give me one more chance
Give me one more chance
|To make it up to you|
Give me one more
Let me spin and excite you

[Outro]
To make it up to you
Never gonna stay
Can I say something crazy?
I love you
Give me one more chance
Give me one more chance
|To make it up to you|
Give me one more
Let me spin and excite you

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,484: ‘May I Have This Dance’ – Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper

  1. Madison says:

    Love this song and video 🙂

  2. Madison says:

    And Jake Schreier is truly killin’ the music video game. It’s time to give Paper Towns another watch.

  3. Dana Gallup says:

    Very cool song and video. Not the sound I was expecting to here, but your Peter Gabriel comparison is right on the money.

  4. Peg Clifton says:

    I totally agree with Maddie. I love this song and video. Great way to start the day ❤️

  5. Amy says:

    This reminds me a bit of a video Maddie is going to feature when she guest blogs (soon?) I had never heard of this group before, but this is a wonderful introduction.

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