From the advice column Annie’s Mailbox:
“Dear Annie: Do you know the rest of the poem with the line ‘Dance like no one’s watching’? I can’t find it. — Virginia Beach, Va.
Dear Virginia Beach: William Watson Purkey is credited with writing, ‘Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.’ Later, the phrase ‘Work like you don’t need the money’ was added, often credited to baseball great Satchel Paige. This poem obviously speaks to a lot of people, because over the years, many others have created their own additions. We think the sentiments are life-affirming.”