"When You Dream" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
With life just begun, my sleeping new son
Has eyes that roll back in his head
They flutter and dart, he slows down his heart
And pictures a world past his bed
It's hard to believe
As I watch you breathe
Your mind drifts and weaves

When you dream,
What do you dream about?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?
Do you dream about
Music or mathematics
Or planets too far for the eye?
Do you dream about
Jesus or quantum mechanics
Or angels who sing lullabyes?

His fontanelle pulses with lives that he's lived
With memories he'll learn to ignore
And when it is closed, he already knows
He's forgotten all he knew before
But when sleep sets in
History begins
But the future will win

When you dream,
What do you dream about?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?
Are they color or black and white,
Yiddish or English
Or languages not yet conceived?
Are they silent or boisterous?
Do you hear noises just
Loud enough to be perceived?
Do you hear Del Shannon's "Runaway" playing
On transistor radio waves?
With so little experience,
Your mind not yet cognizant
Are you wise beyond your few days?
When you dream,
What do you dream about?

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"When You Dream" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's about reincarnation. When you accept reincarnation as a simple fact, you end up wondering who every baby used to be, because no one seems to be new.
    Tuckeron July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy the hell hasn't anyone commented on this song? It's so moving and gentle. It's about the singers newborn son and how he wonders what goes on inside the child's mind before he grows up and forgets it all. Anyone here listen to Jimmy Eat World?
    You should, if you like BNL. Their styles are different, but they do very well with catchy tunes and harmonies and also with lots of different instruments in their songs, rather than just Guitar, bass, drums.
    cheshireranch182on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah? I'll check 'em out then.
    cheshireranch182on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, let us know what you think of MF.
    bfurtadoon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song on this CD. One day I'll sing it to my children...
    nietzsche_66on June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthype doesn't really matter to me. if the music's good (and boy is it good) i like them
    wrionon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. it is so calming and peaceful, it's just such a gentle lullaby and so sweet and thoughtful, i'd like to sing it publicly but i suppose lack of a son would cause me to hold back...there's also the fact that no one can sing it like him...it's just amazing.
    peacelisaon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's no hype in England, but I love the music anyway, so who cares?
    Lukasaon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's too bad no one on this board actually wants to talk about the song. It seems to me to be about reincarnation, where he's wondering what languages the baby dreams in and if he dreams of "Del Shannon's Runaway playing on transistor radio waves." It seems like the idea is that his son is a reincarnated soul and he'll forget his past lives as he ages.
    hiddendragonon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful, i ;ove listening to this song when im feeling down,
    its so good
    this is the type of song i would want played as i am being layed to rest when i have died.
    a beautiful song
    MinionVarchildon June 07, 2006   Link

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