Take My Sweater: Dad & Daughter

After Mr. Cardigan and I finished up our first dance, it was time for me to dance with my dad.

When it came time for Daddy Cardigan and I to choose what song we wanted to dance to, it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I e-mailed him a few ideas of songs that we might want to do, and my mom called me the next day and let me know that he had tried to listen to the songs at work but had to stop because he started crying.

That’s right, my big, gruff daddy started crying at work listening to father-daughter dance songs.

He tried again at home a few days later, and picked out one of the songs I had sent him. We were both very nervous leading up to our dance because we both thought we’d burst into tears, but I experienced the same feeling I had earlier that day when I was walking down the aisle—I was so happy and excited that I just couldn’t cry. The song was incredibly touching, and the father-daughter dance was wonderful, but it (thankfully) didn’t bring either of us to tears.

And now that I’ve told the story of picking our song, I’ll leave you with some photos and the lyrics to the song we chose.


Look at the two of you dancing that way,
Lost in the moment and each other’s face
So much in love, you’re alone in this place
Like there’s nobody else in the world

I was enough for her not long ago
I was her number one, she told me so
And she still means the world to me, just so you know
So be careful when you hold my girl

Time changes everything, life must go on
And I’m not gonna stand in your way


But I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep

And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first


How could that beautiful woman with you
Be the same freckle-faced kid that I knew?
The one that I read all those fairytales to
And tucked into bed all those nights

And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time

I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep


And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first

From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep

Someday you might know what I’m going through
When a miracle smiles up at you
I loved her first



Mrs. Cardigan

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January 2011
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    mrsawesome09 523 posts, Busy bee @ 3:00 pm

    My dad and I picked the same song…it’s so beautiful! My wedding’s next week, and I know there will be tears! Beautiful Pictures, btw!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:05 pm

    I can’t even read the lyrics because they’re so sweet. The pictures are great. For ours, I picked “When You Wish Upon a Star” because my Daddy-Man and I always see Disney cartoon movies together. It’s our thing.

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 3:21 pm

    Great photos – we didn’t cry either! But…that is probably because I had cried only moments before our dance when my dad surprised me by singing/playing piano with a live version of Ben Fold’s Gracie Girl (changing the words to fit me)! It was a total surprise and I sobbed like a baby! So, by the time our dance rolled around, he was just so excited to tell me all about his surprise! :o) I love Dads!

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    Erin, Guest @ 3:31 pm

    What song is this?

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    chern 90 posts, Worker bee @ 3:44 pm

    I cry every time I hear this on the radio, what a good choice!

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    MissBucky 30 posts, Newbee @ 3:57 pm

    If you don’t mind my asking – what other songs did you consider?

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    MissBike 40 posts, Newbee @ 4:31 pm

    I Loved her First by Hearland. This is the song my Dad and I are going to dance to also!!! I cried the first time I heard it and knew it would be perfect. Dad cried too and immidately agreed to it.
    I really hope I don’t cry either – its such an emotional song.
    Maybe listening to it over and over again will help get all the tears out.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:40 pm

    Awww!! I think that is so sweet! And the look on both your faces in those photos, awesome!

    Oh and tell Daddy C for me that I think it was so sweet that he cried listening to the songs.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:11 pm

    @Erin: It’s “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.
    @MissBucky: We looked at this one, “My Wish” by Rascall Flats, “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks, and “Cinderella” by Stephen Curtis Chapman.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:14 pm

    Daddy Cardy is so cute for crying while listening to the potential songs. These pictures and song are so cute!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:29 pm

    Beautiful song :)

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    Sammie, Guest @ 5:33 pm

    My daddy and I are dancing to this too! I had never heard it before until he called me one day (before I was even engaged) and told me that it would be our father-daughter dance song. It makes me cry everytime!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 7:45 pm

    Aw, I teared up reading your post :)

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 8:39 pm

    Aw! That song makes me tear up every time. Great pictures, too.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:33 pm

    Love the story of you and your dad picking out a father-daughter song to dance to! The one you picked is perfect, sweet and beautiful.

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 11:28 pm

    I love this song. “I Loved Her First” and “Stealing Cinderella” are two of my top picks for my dance with my daddy, but ultimately the choice will be his.

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 am

    I’m very nervous for this dance, so I’m relieved to hear that sheer happiness took over for you two :)

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    crazybabyinlove 216 posts, Helper bee @ 9:47 am

    Cardy! I told you we were alike! that was my DREAM to dance with my daddy to that song at my wedding my ENTIRE life….. the only difference is that at the END of the day when there was actually a ring on my finger and I had to make it official, my dad didn’t like the song!!!! But my sister suggested “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks and when my dad heard it he ACTUALLY CRIED TOO and I knew that it was meant to be! I loved this post! :)

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    Jenlon 2205 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:07 am

    Yup this is my song with my dad too… I’m pretty sure my mom, my dad, and I all cried at diff points when listening to this song 😉 But then… MY mom cried at every option haha

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    Jenlon 2205 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:09 am

    @MissBucky: These are the ones my Dad and I considered:
     “I loved her first” – Heartland
     “Cinderella” – Steven Curtis Chapman
     “I’ll always be your baby” – Natalie Grant

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    MissBucky 30 posts, Newbee @ 12:51 pm

    @Mrs. Cardigan: Thanks so much for sharing! They’re beautiful songs

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