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"Can I Have This Dance" is one of the singles from High School Musical 3: Senior Year and the fourth song heard in the movie and on the soundtrack. The song is sung in the movie twice by Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) & Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens).

Summary

The first part of the song takes place in the rooftop garden from the first movie. In the movie, the song explains that Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are trying to spend each moment together before they graduate. Soon after the dance and twirl around the garden, the sprinklers turn on and they both spin around while they get soaking wet. This song is a Hollywood-inspired musical number.

The second time this song is heard is when Troy drives all the way to Stanford thus missing the prom just to see Gabriella. He says he isn't ready to say goodbye just yet so the two of them have their own prom at Stanford. They dance around the university and end it with a kiss. This convinces Gabriella enough to return to East High.

Just like their other duet in the movie ("Right Here, Right Now"), the version that appears on the soundtrack is a full combination of the two parts.

Lyrics

Gabriella:
Take my hand take a breath
Pull me close and take one step
Keep your eyes locked on mine
And let the music be your guide

Troy: Won't you promise me
Gabriella: Now won't you promise me
That you'll never forget
Troy: We'll keep dancing
Gabriella: To keep dancing
Troy & Gabriella:
Wherever we go next

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?

Gabriella:
Ooh no mountain's too high
And no
Troy & Gabriella:
Ocean's too wide
'Cause together or not
Our dance won't stop
Gabriella: Let it rain
Troy & Gabriella:
Let it pour
What we have is worth fighting for
You know I believe
That we were meant to be, yeah!

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you (Gabriella: like you)
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do (Gabriella: way we do)
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?
Gabriella: Can I have (Troy & Gabriella: this dance?)
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?

Troy:
Take my hand, I'll take the lead
And every turn will be safe with me
Don't be afraid, afraid to fall
You know I'll catch you through it all

Troy: And you can't keep us apart
Gabriella: Even a thousand miles
Can't keep us apart
Troy: 'Cause my heart is
Gabriella: 'Cause my heart is
Troy & Gabriella:
Wherever you are

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?
Gabriella: Can I have (Troy & Gabriella: this dance?)
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I (Gabriella: have this dance?)

Gabriella:
Take my hand take a breath
Pull me close and take one step
Keep your eyes locked on mine
And let the music be your guide

Troy: Won't you promise me
Gabriella: Now won't you promise me
That you'll never forget
Troy: We'll keep dancing
Gabriella: To keep dancing
Troy & Gabriella:
Wherever we go next

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?

Troy:
Take my hand, I'll take the lead
And every turn will be safe with me
Don't be afraid, afraid to fall
You know I'll catch you through it all

Troy: And you can't keep us apart
Gabriella: Even a thousand miles
Can't keep us apart
Troy: 'Cause my heart is
Gabriella: 'Cause my heart is
Troy & Gabriella:
Wherever you are

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?

Gabriella:
Ooh no mountain's too high
And no
Troy & Gabriella:
Ocean's too wide
'Cause together or not
Our dance won't stop
Gabriella: Let it rain
Troy & Gabriella:
Let it pour
What we have is worth fighting for
You know I believe
That we were meant to be, yeah!

It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you (Gabriella: like you)
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do (Gabriella: way we do)
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better

Gabriella: So can I have this dance?
Troy: Can I have this dance?
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?
Gabriella: Can I have (Troy & Gabriella: this dance?)
Troy & Gabriella:
Can I have this dance?

Trivia


v - e - d
High School Musical Logo
Media
Films: High School MusicalHigh School Musical 2High School Musical 3: Senior YearSharpay's Fabulous AdventureHigh School Musical 4

TV Series: High School Musical: Get in the PictureHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Video games:Work This Out!Sing It!Sing It! 3Senior Year DanceSing ItDisney Sing It: Pop HitsDisney Sing It: Party HitsDisney Sing It: Family Hits
Music: High School Musical (Soundtrack)High School Musical 2 (soundtrack)High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (soundtrack)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (soundtrack)High School Musical: The ConcertHigh School Musical Hits RemixedHigh School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance PartyHigh School Musical: Be MineHigh School Musical: The Collection

Characters
HSM: Troy BoltonGabriella MontezSharpay EvansRyan EvansChad DanforthTaylor McKessieKelsi NielsenZeke BaylorJason CrossMartha CoxMs. DarbusJack BoltonMrs. Montez

HSM2: Thomas FultonLucille BoltonVance EvansDarby EvansBoiThe Sharpettes
HSM3: Tiara GoldJimmy ZaraDonnie DionCharlie DanforthMrs. DanforthPrincipal Matsui
SFA: Peyton LeverettRoger EllistonTiffani DestinAmber Lee AdamsGill SammsNeal RobertsBerry TaylorMr. GonzalesMrs. Gonzalez

Locations
East High SchoolBolton HouseholdMountain Ski ResortLava SpringsStanford University
Songs
HSM: Start of Something NewGet'cha Head in the GameWhat I've Been Looking For + (Reprise) • Stick to the Status QuoWhen There Was Me and YouBop to the TopBreaking FreeWe're All in This TogetherI Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

HSM2: What Time Is It?FabulousWork This OutYou Are The Music in Me + (Reprise) • Humuhumunukunukuapua'aI Don't DanceGotta Go My Own WayBet On ItEverydayAll for One
HSM3: Now or NeverRight Here, Right NowI Want It AllCan I Have This DanceA Night to RememberJust Wanna Be with YouThe Boys are BackWalk AwayScreamSenior Year Spring MusicalHigh School MusicalJust Getting Started
SFA: Gonna ShineMy Boi and Me + (My Girl and Me) • Walking on SunshineBabyNew York's Best Kept SecretThe Rest of My Life
HSMTMTS: I Think I Kinda, You KnowWonderingA Billion SorrysAll I WantBorn to Be BraveTruth, Justice and Songs in Our KeyOut of the OldRole of a LifetimeJust for a MomentThe Medley, The Mash-Up

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