You stepped in, and dark turned to light.
I knew, right there, you were the breath of life.
Just when I'd given up the fight,
I knew, right there, you were the breath of life.
Just when the morning air lost its bitter bite.
You never think your heart will butterfly.
Ballerina, don't you dance your life away.
Those years meant nothing till this cold December day.

You stepped back to say goodnight;
I knew right there you were the breath of life.
We looked up at a blinding light;
I knew right there you were the breath of life.
I never thought that I could say those words again.
I think you know the ones; I'm sure you know the ones.
I've been hiding, alone, in the night.
On and on like a dream that never ends.
So come on out; don't say goodnight.
Out of the shadows to the neon light.
Meet you down where that Dixieland plays.
Leave all your troubles; gonna dance 'em away.

Drop my hands by my side; let the hours slip away.
Don't say nothing; let the music play.
Twenty years on down when the time is right.
I'll turn around and know you were the breath of life.