"Idler's Dreams" as written by and Gallagher....
My heart it skips a beat when I behold
The light that's shining through your eyes of gold
From heavenly blood you seem to spring
From heavenly waters you can drink

I'll meet you on a day that never ends
I'll greet you in a way that heaven meant
You lay me down gently on the leaves
You cover me over in my sleep

I never did say that I wish I could
I never could pray 'cause it's just no good
I hope you don't break my heart of stone
I don't want to scream out loud

And wake up on my own
And as I close my eyes
And the sky turns red
I realize just what you are

You're an idler's dream
And you're singing Shangri-La

Shangri-La
Shangri-La
Shangri-La


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    My InterpretationI think its about meeting someone who is not alive anymore in an afterlife.
    Lambroson August 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell I think it's about Noel meeting the girl of his dreams and it's an amazing song.

    To me the first verse is describing the first time the girl is seen; likening her to an angel.

    The second verse is about when they first met, he wants to treat he like the angel he thinks she is. She looks after him.

    Third verse is - first he's talking about not expecting this love, or looking for it or praying for it. Then it moves on to the insecurity of losing this girl.

    The last verse isn't a nightmare in my opinion - the sky turning red is a sunset, he just realises she's a dream and she's singing Shangri-la which is metaphor for paradise.
    Longpigon September 26, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentooops...
    the title of the song is idler's dream...
    :(
    Nowhere_Girlon July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably the best Noel solo. I played this when i was sad and it touched me !!
    David_Barneson August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful song.. noel's a fuckin great writer and his voice is great for songs like this.. seems like the song is about a beautiful, heavenly girl.. but then it seems like he is worried that she is going to leave him and he will wake up on his own.. im not too sure.. and i have no idea what the idler's dream part means.. does anybody?
    ty-leron May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I also think Noel has the perfect voice and tone to carry this tune beautifully. The Idler's dream part, in my understanding means that he's dreaming of this perfect person/girl to brighten his life, referring to HIMSELF as an idler; someone who doesn't do anything with their life. This girl he dreams of awakens him and makes him feel alive, and he's scared of losing the "dream" because she gives him feelings he would otherwise not have.
    almostfamouson November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, I don't really feel like discussing the meaning, but I think it is a just a grand song. At first I found it quite corny and odd for Noel Gallagher to write a song like this but it has grown on me. I think it is a just a very cute love song. My two fav parts are when he sings "I don't sream out load and wake up on my own".......and "your singing shangri la". The back up vocals come in and it sounds so tender with lot's of love. That part get's me. Should have been on an album, but they probably left it off because, come on! it's Oasis. They have to still live up to the bad boy image of not caring about love, and being all tough.
    serge_67on November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about meeting someone that you don't have to make an effort to get on really with. You can just be yourself. Hence "Idler's Dream".
    simplefarmerboyon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. I have all the Oasis sheet music books except Heathen Chemistry and I wish they had this for piano :(...hopefully they'll release another b-sides album like Masterplan with this on it and so release a piano sheet for this in the process...
    jcphoenixon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell who cares bout the meaning, its an amazing song, amazing lyrics..playing it with me band next week.. jst trying 2 work out piano tabs tho.
    *oasis live forever*
    live_foreveron May 20, 2005   Link

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