Sonny Bell - songwriter

Sonny Bell - songwriter

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Country - General | kansas city, Missouri, United States
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Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

Thoughtful look at what's really between the dates on a headstone.

Story Behind the Song

I heard the phrase from my former youth pastor, back in the late 90s. I knew I had to write a song featuring that phrase and what it really meant to Christians, as well as everyone else who might wonder what's ahead of them.

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The Dash Between The Dates
Copyright Sonny B. Bell
all rights reserved

As I walked up to the headstone
I noticed first his name
Engraved in fancy letters
It stood out bold and plain
He was born in nineteen-sixty-four
And he died in eighty-nine
I swallowed hard when I realized
He was only twenty-five

I stood there for a moment
Sadly staring at the stone
Imagining some far off year
When my time on earth is gone
Then suddenly it came to me
As I turned to walk away
The only thing that matters
Is the dash between the dates

The dash between the dates
It's so easy to ignore
It?s hardly ever noticed
But stands for so much more
It's all the time you get
Before you get to heaven's gates
Every minute of your life
Fits in the dash between the dates

On my way home that evening
I thought of all I'd seen
How some die young and some die old
And some die in between
If there's one thing that I learned that day
It's that time don't ever wait
And the only time to live
Is in the dash between the dates


Don't wait until you're dyin'
To think about your fate
Don?t waste another minute
Of the dash between the dates

Song Length
Country - General, Country - Religious
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal

Subject Matter
Spirituality, Hope

Similar Artists
Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Sonny B. Bell
Music Credits Sonny B. Bell
Producer Credits Galen Breen
Publisher Credits Sonny B. Bell
Performance Credits Butch ??
Label Credits n/a