"Middletown Dreams" as written by and Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee Weinrib....
The office door closed early
The hidden bottle came out
The salesman turned to close the blinds
A little slow now, a little stout

But he's still heading down those tracks
Any day now for sure
Another day as drab as today
Is more than a man can endure

Dreams flow across the heartland
Feeding on the fires
Dreams transport desires
Drive you when you're down
Dreams transport the ones
Who need to get out of town

The boy walks with his best friend
Through the fields of early May
They walk awhile in silence
One close, one far away
But he'd be climbing on that bus
Just him and his guitar
To blaze across the heavens
Like a brilliant shooting star

The middle-aged Madonna
Calls her neighbor on the phone
Day by day the seasons pass
And leave her life alone
But she'll go walking out that door
On some bright afternoon
To go and paint big cities
From a lonely attic room

It's understood
By every single person
Who'd be elsewhere if they could
So far so good
And life's not unpleasant
In their little neighborhood

They dream in Middletown


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"Middletown Dreams" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

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  • +2
    General CommentI love the cyclical nature of the "middle-aged madonna" verse.

    But she'll go walking out that door
    On some bright afternoon
    To go and paint big cities
    From a lonely attic room

    To me, that means we like to tell ourselves we're going to do something big, but for whatever reasons, however you interpret it, something is stopping us from achieving that dream, yet we still hold on to those dreams. In a literal sense, it could mean her dream was to move to a big city, to "get out", but again, all she ends up doing is imagining her dream on a pastel.
    Dilanaduon October 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWov, one of Niel´s best attempts. To put it simple, without dreams life isn´t worth a dime since you lack anything to be driven by and just by dreaming alone that dream comes true for you to live it, only in a slightly different way.
    Fathertimeon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about exactly what the title describes. Growing up in a small town ("middletown") and dreaming of "getting out." I grew in the Midwest and I see much of myself and my friends in these lyrics.
    Elquemataranason April 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song! Just incredible!

    "Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town."

    Wow.
    NUMBER 4on September 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's nice to have dreams even though the dreams go unfulfilled, It keeps our hopes up, like someone saying "someday I'm going to______"

    allen2112on August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionVery very strong song. The synthes Geddy uses are marvelous. I think this song should be noticed all around the world. Especially to get to know the chorus. It is very beautiful.

    "Dreams flow across the heartland
    Feeding on the fires"

    I always imagine flying through open mountain ranges, and through small towns.
    Test4Echoon January 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat great song...

    to blaze accross the heavens like a brilliant shooting star
    string1010on November 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOne of the more human songs on Power Windows. Peter Collins is an amazing producer and he polished this one to perfection. I think that it's speaking of the power of imagination, and how it can only take us so far. That we have to make those Middletown Dreams reality.
    digitalmanMKIIon November 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hink that I get it its the mans life when he's about to die and he drinks some beer and has a flashback of when he was a kid doing fun thingsin the town he grew up in. then he gets older into his middle age and wants to get away from the same town hes been in his whole life and hes about to go but then doesnt want to go anymore so he stays. and now hes almost dead and hes still in the same town and he is trying to think on the bright side but he cant.
    DABOSSEESTDUDEon March 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI feel it's more towards middling in your efforts - underachieving. I'm reading a lot into the last verse but

    It's understood
    By every single person
    Who'd be elsewhere if they could
    So far so good
    And life's not unpleasant
    In their little neighborhood

    that feels like the narrative --- If you wanted to, you would move/change things . You're only where you are because you tolerate it
    peopleplaceson March 03, 2017   Link

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