There is freedom within,
There is freedom without,
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup

There's a battle ahead,
Many battles are lost,
But you'll never see the end of the road
while you're travelling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in

They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in

They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only the shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in

They come, they come
To build a wall between us
Don't ever let them win.


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  • +4
    Song MeaningThere's so much wisdom and insight contained in this song.

    The rhythm has moments of heartbeat, moments arhythmic and meandering, like a river with eddies and furls. The strumming of the opening riff, conjures an image for me of wave-riplets lapping a riverbank or a shoreline.

    At times he sings with the tempo, and at others he'll fall behind or sing ahead of the main rhythm. There's also a funny assymetry to the instrumental break which comes a little more than half way into the song, and repeats about 3 or 4 measures (as a motif) after the main stream of the song begins anew.

    For me, this song is like a river, a kind of metaphor for life. It's all there - the good, the not so good, the obstacles, the ideas and points of view which can hold us prisoner. What I love lyrically about the song is it's call to action - Hey, now, hey, now.. Don't dream it's over! To me, the song speaks of the moment - now - and urges the Lover, whom the singer is addressing to engage with life and embrace a real intention to go beyond doubt, not simply engaging in hope (hope being a dangerous practice, in my view, because it clings to an expected outcome, and will only bring disappointment and suffering if the hoped-for thing is not realized).

    To me, the lyrics really offer an antidote, a way to respond to the conditions which can arise in life, challenging us, way beyond our control and influence. The lyrics are transcendent, an expression of good-intention, liberating and freeing, as he puts it.

    It's such a beautiful love song. Bonne fête de St-Valentin, Lover.. to the Lover in all of us!
    Lazulineon February 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is really beautiful, but I don't get the meaning of it. I think that maybe he's talking about unrequited love.
    "But you turn right over to the T.V. page" suggests lack of interest, maybe someone the singer has loves doesn't return his love?
    Also "I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart" shows that he wants his beloved to open her heart for him.
    WanderingGypsyon June 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOf course, everyone applies their own spin on what they think the songs mean depending on their own life experiences... here's what I think this song means... I love this song BTW. The lyrics escaped me for a long time, but I love this song... very beautiful.. My interpretation might seem a little fruity at first, but read it all... I think it makes more sense as you read more.
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    There is freedom within,
    There is freedom without,
    Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup

    =There is freedom within the relationship... There's freedom without it. He is validating his and her view respectively. She doesn't want to be with him any longer, but he wants to be with her. Being dumped and all the emotions he's feeling are a deluge and he feel's emotionally ill-equipped to deal with it. Hence the paper cup metaphor. The emotions pour over him and he's overwhelmed by them.

    There's a battle ahead,
    Many battles are lost,
    But you'll never see the end of the road
    while you're travelling with me

    =A battle ahead to recover after the breakup and to potentially renew it (if he gets his way). Many battles are lost, meaning the things that lead to the breakup, and the falling outs. But you'll never see the end of the road when you're travelling with me = while we may ALWAYS have fights and problems, the relationship will always be passionate and we can work through the problems.

    Hey now, hey now
    Don't dream it's over
    Hey now, hey now
    When the world comes in

    They come, they come
    To build a wall between us
    We know they won't win

    = 'Don't dream it's over' is more a plead and a request than a reassurance, as in "Please don't dream it's over, or I will be crushed." "When the world comes in between us" is very broad. He's referring mainly to the little fights and bickerings of the relationship. The things that don't matter. Love is all that matters... and it will triumph over the ordinary worldly concerns and problems. 'We know they won't win' = he is urging her to agree with him, as in 'WE know they won't win, right?' He is also externalizing the problems. Instead of the relationship problems stemming from his and her interaction, he is making the problems a separate entity so that he can persuade her that TOGETHER they can work it out. THEY didn't cause the problems, the world did...the world being trivial bullsh*t that doesn't matter compared to real love between two people.

    Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof

    =Since the breakup, I have been depressed. Nothing seems to go right anymore.

    My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof

    =This part escapes me. I don't know exactly what possessions he is reffering to. Suspicion could be linked to him thinking that she cheated on him and is seeing another guy.

    In the paper today tales of war and of waste
    But you turn right over to the T.V. page

    = SHE is living a happy life. She has moved on and the depression he feels is far removed from her reality. She doesn't even see it, or him. She skips right over to the next page, the next guy in line to date her.

    Hey now, hey now
    Don't dream it's over
    Hey now, hey now
    When the world comes in

    They come, they come
    To build a wall between us
    We know they won't win

    Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum


    =Now I'm back on my feet. I don't feel as bad.

    And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart

    =This is the main line that flipped the switch in my head that made me think "ohhh... she is NOT with him... he's trying to get her BACK." I think he is saying "I won't give up on getting you back, but I don't forsee when I ever will... I just have to keep going up the steps and enduring it until I win your heart again.

    Only the shadows ahead barely clearing the roof

    =All I see are obstacles to getting you back.

    Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

    = The fact that he didn't say "I get to know" but just "Get" tells me that he is talking to her. She most likely felt tied down and smothered by him. The fact that he has so many challenges to getting her back gives her an opportunity to feel 'free', though he is being a little caustic (sarcastic) when he says that.




    Hey now, hey now
    Don't dream it's over
    Hey now, hey now
    When the world comes in

    They come, they come
    To build a wall between us
    Don't ever let them win.
    HatedEnemyon February 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA deluge is hard to catch.
    Thia007on December 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is used in a scene of "The Stand" a mini-series based on the book by Stephen King and it was just such a powerful moment in the movie because the story is basically about the government making this disease to use as a weapon and it gets out killing 98% of the population. This song is used right after one of the survivors finds a friend and they are preparing to leave their town in search of other people. When reading the book, playing this song in the backround makes it that much more emotional.
    MelissaOKon March 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRiP Paul Hester -
    This is such an awesome song, i have known it for a long time but i never got the chance to really listen to Crowded House even though the music is amazing. Reading about Paul Hester's suicide convinced me to start to listen to them properly. In a way i thank him, and i hope he is at peace.
    mattalacon March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthey played this song as thier last song at thier last concert...it was so powerful..... and it gave me goosebumps
    vera1234on August 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentONE MY FAVORITES
    THIS SONG IS ABOUT OPTIMISM
    HIS UNDYING DESIRE FOR THIS LOVE TO WORK OUT.

    this is how i interpeted the song
    by verse


    [OUT OF HIS OWN FREE WILL
    HE IS TRYING TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
    IT WONT BE EASY
    BUT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS]


    BASICALLY THE CHORUS
    IS ABOUT NOT GIVING UP
    AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
    (AND IN THIS CASE ITS LOVE)

    [I DONT HAVE MUCH
    BUT THATS NOT MY PRIORITY
    WE LIVE IN CRAZY TIMES
    BUT YOU CHOOSE TO ESCAPE]

    [MOVING ON WITH MY LIFE
    AND WORKING TOWARDS YOUR LOVE
    UNCERTAINTY LIES AHEAD
    LOVE WILL SET US FREE]
    mrhobbson October 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a but perseverance through adversity. or more specifically, a couple rigoriously staying together and keeping optimistic despite other's objections or outside factors that may break them apart.
    KurdtTBOon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI loved the video too. I chant this to myself sometimes, trying to reassure myself, as my world keeps finding new ways to unravel. "Don't dream it's over"
    TwitchBunnyon April 14, 2008   Link

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