"Dream Of Mirrors" as written by Janick Gers and Stephen Percy Harris....
Have you ever felt the future is the past, but you don't know how?
A reflected dream of a captured time, is it really now, is it really happening?

Don't know why I feel this way, have I dreamt this time, this place?
Something vivid comes again into my mind
And I think I've seen your face, seen this room, been in this place
Something vivid comes again into my mind

All my hopes and expectations, looking for an explanation
Have I found my destination? I just can't take no more

The dream is true, the dream is true
The dream is true, the dream is true

Think I've heard your voice before, think I've said these words before
Something makes me feel I just might lose my mind
Am I still inside my dream? Is this a new reality
Something makes me feel that I have lost my mind

All my hopes and expectations, looking for an explanation
Coming to the realization that I can't see for sure

I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself
I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, please save me from myself

The dream is true, the dream is true
The dream is true, the dream is true

I get up put on the light, dreading the oncoming night
Scared to fall asleep and dream the dream again
Nothing that I contemplate, nothing that I can compare
To letting loose the demons deep inside my head

Dread to think what might be stirring, that my dream is reoccurring
Got to keep away from drifting, saving me from myself

I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself
I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself

Lost in a dream of mirrors, lost in a paradox
Lost and time is spinning, lost a nightmare I retrace
Lost a hell that I revisit, lost another time and place
Lost a parallel existence, lost a nightmare I retrace

I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself
I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself

I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself
I only dream in black and white, I only dream cause I'm alive
I only dream in black and white, to save me from myself

The dream is true, the dream is true
The dream is true, the dream is true


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"Dream of Mirrors" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Janick Gers

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe song is about how a man has a reoccurring nightmare symbolizing depression from the monotony of his life. The dream depicts a paradox created by two mirrors reflecting off each other, one mirror representing the past and the other the future, symbolizing that his past and future are the same, unchanging and meaningless. His dreams being in black and white symbolize the figurative lack of color in his life, there is nothing interesting in his life. The phrase "I only dream because I'm alive" takes a double meaning of the word dream; dreams can mean our hopes and desires, and they are also a natural part of our sleep cycle. This line shows that he has no more desires, no more hope, no more meaning to his life. The end of the song shows that he has fallen into depression, the song is just a metaphor for depression.
    Ganondoxon June 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me it sounds like one of Descartes, Dancy and Putnam (they build on the previous ideas) philosophical ideas. put simply, the same idea as in The matrix, which is a story based on the idea that were are in a "fake" "dream" world.

    " since all we ever experience is our own inner mental states, we might , for all we could tell, be living in an illusion created by a malicious demon"
    - Ren Descartes

    "You do not know that you are not a brain, suspended in a vat full of liquid in a laboratory, and wired to a computer which is feeding you your current experiences under the control of some ingenious technician scientist (benevolent or malevolent according to taste). For if you were such a brain, then, provided that the scientist is successful, nothing in your experience could possibly reveal that you were; for your experience is ex hypothesi identical with that of something which is not a brain in a vat. Since you have only your own experience to appeal to, and that experience is the same in either situation, nothing can reveal to you which situation is the actual one."
    - Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology, 10
    skalra63on August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come no one else has added a message? This is my second favourite Maiden song, and it is awesome live. It has the guitaring of Aces High, the lyrics of Fear of the Dark and the crowd reaction of... Fear of the Dark... again. But anyway, it's an awesome song.
    UpTheIronson April 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment The lyrics of this songs always reminds me of Twin Peaks
    Bulgaroon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally good song, the meaning is confusing. It seems that you can take a lot from it...
    Solinuson May 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it has a lot to do with deja vu. "Think I've heard your voice before, etc). Also, I think dreaming in black and white is something about only seeing things one way or the other.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's having a repeating nightmare. A "dream of mirrors" or a paradox are both infinite loops without end, and the dream wont go away. He's having a reoccuring preminition (the dream is true) and he's afraid to go to sleep again for fear of seeing whatever it was he saw. He isn't sure if it is a vision of the real or the unreal and can't understand. But it keeps occuring.
    Otmon March 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song and skalra63 has the best points I've seen.

    This song was amazing at Rock in Rio. I just love how the crowd loves Bruce and Maiden...about halfway through the song Bruce is sining and he finishes a "The dream is true" and then he just says "tell me about it Rio", and everyone just screams out a "the dream is true". It's amazing.
    ^exeF.on July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with skalra63. I think a great, great portion of Iron Maiden is strongly tied to Descartes.
    hotsoupwomanon July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song ist strongly inspired from Lovecraft an Poe storys, no real meaning, just playing with insanity =)
    Alamaron December 19, 2006   Link

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