"Don't Dream It's Over" as written by and Neil Mullane Finn....
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 traveling 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 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
We know they won't win

Don't let them win
(Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now)
Hey now, hey now
Don't let them win
(They come, they come)
Don't let them win
(Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now)


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"Don't Dream It's Over" as written by Neil Mullane Finn

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  • +13
    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
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about perseverance in intimate relationships. I think he is communicating to his girl that he will never quit her, and (practically) begging her to do the same.

    The first two verses are about the overwhelming odds against them. The last two are how the doldrums of life are a prison to him while he can only think of her, and their problems. When one gets into this sort of funk, it may seem that the partner is indifferent, for lack of passion, hence the T.V. Page line.

    The closing line about the shadows is simply an acknowledgment that he will always have to be vigilant and chained to this love.

    I tend to think the title, and chorus holds a double meaning..

    Hey now, hey now --- Consoling, there there..
    Don't dream it's over --- don't ever think I'll be the one to let go

    and -

    Hey now, hey now --- Wake up, HELLO!!!
    Don't dream it's over --- Don't think it's going to get any easier, love takes work.
    arachniddudeon August 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is telling about how adversities in life affect a relationship.

    >There is freedom within, there is freedom without
    There is freedom within, or without a relationship. He is admitting his skepticism about the fate of the relationship. He doesn't know if his love will able to pull through the hard times.

    >Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
    The deluge represents the adversities life throws at them, and the paper cup represents his helplessness in the outcome. (For those that don't know, a deluge is a severe flood, or influx of water)

    >There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
    There's a lot of obstacles in this relationship, and a lot of them take a toll

    >But you'll never see the end of the road
    >While you're travelling with me
    He admits that the obstacles will never end

    >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
    He's trying to comfort her. "Don't wish it's over. Don't let the world tear us apart."

    >Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
    >My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
    He suspects that life is trying to tear them apart by all the misfortune happening (Broken down car, a hole in the roof)

    >In the paper today tales of war and of waste
    >But you turn right over to the T.V. page
    A metaphor for how the relationship is working. He's emotionally distraught because of life's adversities, and she wants to pretend like everything is okay. Or she simply has lost interest in trying to sympathize with him. She's ignoring it, nonetheless.

    >Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
    >And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
    Towards the end, the tone of the song becomes more upbeat, showing progression. At this point, he's picked himself out of depression, and wants to rebuild the relationship

    >Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
    >Get to know the feeling of liberation and release
    He reflecting on the fact that only a relationship that has been to the brink of collapse can truly know liberation and release from unsatisfied love.

    >Don't let them win
    A final plea for her their love to survive adversity.


    Great song. Makes me very sad, as I was going through the same situation in a previous love relationship. Only difference is, we let them win.
    MillerDoddon November 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"try to catch the deluge in a paper cup" - Life is too complicated to contain and simplify
    "there's a battle ahead, many battles are lost" - perhaps a psychological battle, attempting to overcome things you cannot control

    chorus - saying how despite the drawback of not being in complete control of fate(?) you can still control your destiny to an extent, if you wish to

    towing my car, hole in roof - this could be a psychological representation of his soul/mind, and the hole is representing uncertainty or uncompleteness...
    possessions causing suspicion... but there's not proof - could this be his thoughts/feelings/morals causing him doubt?

    in the paper... turn right over to the TV page - distancing himself from the harsh reality of real life, seeking refuge in television as a means of protecting himself from the knowledge that as an individual, he cannot right the wrongs of the world

    walking again to the beat... shadows ahead... get to know the feeling of liberation and release - the nature of life cannot permit complete freedom, and so he continues 'walking... to the beat' by living his life in the way people intend for life to be lived

    although life can get bad, the situation is never hopeless...
    colabottleon June 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe is torn between the life he knew and the one he's trying to create - and even though the future is very unclear, it still looks like freedom compare to the very recent past. A deluge of new experiences accompanies this new freedom, and even though he can't be everywhere at once, he must try to live as much as humanly possible. She is one of these new experiences, and he's urging her to stick with him and not give up, as they discover this new life together. Obstacles are out there, but with patience, love, and the combined insight of two people from different worlds, these can be overcome. He is suspicious of (for just one example) the 80s yuppishness all around them, to the point where he'd rather be poor than lose his soul, and they both know there are ways to escape to a better place, if only for a while. Things are looking up each day, and though ghosts still hang over their heads, nothing can really take away their freedom, not the lack of money or anything else, if they just keep believing in each other and all the good in life.
    fandangooseon July 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +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

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