"Ordinary Dream" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
I couldn't really understand at all
The writing on the wall
From you to me

A jigsaw puzzle of a twisted tale
That set its lonely sail
From you to me

'Cause I tried to get the message
But it's not understood
Wide apart and so far away
It mattered at the start until I realized instead ....

I'm flying in a troubled sky
Watching you as you go by
In an ordinary dream

I'm sailing on a troubled sea
Watching you as you watch me
In an ordinary dream

I couldn't understand a word it said
The letter that I read
From you to me

I couldn't fathom out the stuff you wrote
So I guess it's just a joke
From you to me

Though reality keeps calling me away from my dream
And the wreckage isn't all it might have been
Didn't matter at the start until I realized it did

I'm flying in a troubled sky
Watching you as you go by
In an ordinary dream

I'm sailing on a troubled sea
Watching you as you watch me
In an ordinary dream

I'm floating in a troubled sky
Watching you as you go by
In an ordinary dream

I'm sailing on a troubled sea
Watching you as you watch me
In an ordinary dream

Ordinary dream

Ordinary dream


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"Ordinary Dream" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentThis is a great sing-a-long song. One of my favs.
    aaaardyon January 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationOrdinary Dream is a man’s reaction to the receipt of a break up letter. The letter itself is what is discussed in the second stanza. However, in the first stanza the writer is surprised that he did not see this coming. It is apparent that he thought things were going well but obviously he was mistaken.

    One thing that is interesting to me is the final line of both stanzas in which the writer stated that how things began was where things went wrong. The first time he said it mattered how they began and the second time he said it did not matter but he was mistaken because it actually did. A bit of second guessing that is normal when one is trying to figure out how things ended as they did.

    The chorus evokes a lot of varied images that are primed for speculation. Was the writer saying that he didn’t want the relationship to end and so to maintain it, he had to live in a dream world in which they were still together? Or, was the writer stating that this was typical of all of his relationships and that while he was struggling and tormented, the partner in the failed relationship was largely unaffected?

    Only Jeff Lynne knows for sure what he meant in these lyrics. I believe both concepts are not mutually exclusive and so I believe he meant both.

    At face value this is a simple song and a pleasant melody. It would be easy to walk past the simple brilliance of the lyrics and miss the insight one can gain into this tale.
    rockwords1on October 04, 2014   Link

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