Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery,
Scoop the pearls up from the sea
Cash them in and buy you all the things you need.

Every night before I rest my head
See those dollar bills go swirling 'round my bed.
I know they're stolen, but I don't feel bad.
I take that money, buy you things you never had.

Oh, baby, it would mean so much to me,
Oh, baby, to buy you all the things you need for free.
I'll buy you a jet plane, baby,
Get you on a higher plane to a jet stream
And take you through the stratosphere
And check out the planets there and then take you down
Deep where it's hot, hot in Arabia, babia, then cool, cold fields of snow
And we'll roll, dream, roll, dream, roll, roll, dream, dream.
When we dream it, when we dream it, when we dream it,
We'll dream it, dream it for free, free money,
Free money, free money, free money, free money, free money, free money.

Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery.
Every night before I rest my head
See those dollar bills go swirling 'round my bed.

Oh, baby, it would mean so much to me,
Baby, I know our troubles will be gone.
Oh, I know our troubles will be gone, goin' gone
If we dream, dream, dream for free.
And when we dream it, when we dream it, when we dream it,
Let's dream it, we'll dream it for free, free money,
Free money, free money, free money, X7
Free money, free money, free money, free.

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    General CommentI'd rather say the lyrics are a critique of a money-crazy culture. At first, whether or not the character has any money and how he/she might have acquired it is ambiguous: there's the "win the lottery"-line but also one about the character knowing the money to be stolen. Does he/she consider lottery-money stolen from all of those who didn't win and dream, as the character dreams, about having endless money and helping loved-ones by buying them everything they could ever (or not) need? Still, the core doesn't lie in the verses but in the rest of the lyrics, who unveil a person in an manically excited dream-state about how the wonder of life where money no longer is an issue. The music contributes to the euforic haze as the character flies from stratosphere to desert to winter and worries are no more. "Every night before I rest my head, see those dollar bills go swirling 'round my bed", "I know our troubles will be gone if we dream, dream for free": but it is indeed only dreaming, another pore soul in a rush, thinking of what life would be with all that money.
    moe2000on April 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti've always felt like this song was about someone who was in dire need of money so they ended up stealing it - "see those dollar bills swirling around my head/i know they're stolen, but i don't feel bad." and she doesn't feel bad because what she did with the money was good ("i'll buy you all the things you'll ever need/baby, i know all our troubles will be gone"). just my interpretation though. it's just too bad she doesn't get more comments than she does.
    thunderperfectmindon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti was kind of thinking that this song could mean that when you go to sleep, you can dream of having all the money and everything you want,so by dreaming that you have money it's sort of like winning a lottery everytime you go to sleep. i'm going to guess that maybe when she says that she knows it's stolen but she doesn't feel she means she doesn't know in the dream how she got the money or where it came from but she is just enjoying that she has it.
    bkdodaton November 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentabout the
    our society has for its young people.
    telling them that they
    All need to go to college and get a job
    To be happy

    And then making it true by brainwashing everyone
    Into worshipping wealth and status more than enlightenment
    TheThornBirdson February 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember my dad telling me about this song and the Horses-album. It's one of my dads favourite songs and now I really like it too. There's so much energy in it, and the lyrics are pretty good as well.

    Yeah, actually I saw that this song was used in the new Toy Machine-video. And I felt so bad, when I saw that song in the credits, cause the song was taken from a punk-compilation and Patti Smith's Horses is one of the best albums ever, so it amazed me that Jonny Layton did'nt really knew about Horses when he uses on of the songs from there!
    Frederikon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti wish someone would dedicate this to me
    blackblackon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dedicate this to black black...happy? lol.

    well i think its about money craze and that u need moeny to get what u want.

    or maybe in the part where shes saying id buy u all the things for free....
    maybe she needs the money to get to someone.

    well its a greeeeeeeeeeat song!

    love love love.
    rawr-im-a-tigeron October 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits someone tucking someone dear in at night, saying 'goodnight, tomorrow things will be better' because "find a ticket, win a lottery..."

    then after tucking the loved one in she, herself, goes to bed 'see those dollars bills go swirling...know their stolen but I dont feel bad' She doesnt have the money but she just gave away the comfort and the dream of a better life that they symbolises.

    next verse shows how desperatly she wished she was able to give that loved one a better life and all the things they could do if they had them.

    but all they have is a a dream, but its a beatiful dream so *lets dream it, we'll dream it for free, free money'
    kanhanzzonon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with kanhanzzon, she wants the money to buy her loved one a better life but they don't have that money, all they have is the dream. And dreaming is free, the lottery she always wins is the comfort of sleep. It's alost as if she wishes she could take the loved one to her dreams, just desperation and desire. Speaking of, it kinda reminds me of Piss Factory where she says she has nothing to hide save desire and talks of rising up from the lower class shithole that she finds (or the song's character) finds herself in and realizing all their dreams.

    There's a reason she's Punk Rock's Poet Lauriet.
    Raven Blackon January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    JimmieNeverDieson May 07, 2009   Link

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