I was dreaming in my dreaming
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleeping it was broken
But my dream it lingered near
In the form of shining valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
That the people / have the power
To redeem / the work of fools
Upon the meek / the graces shower
It’s decreed / the people rule

The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect
And bending low as if to hear
And the armies ceased advancing
Because the people had their ear
And the shepherds and the soldiers
Lay beneath the stars
Exchanging visions
And laying arms
To waste / in the dust
In the form of / shining valleys
Where the pure air / recognized
And my senses / newly opened
I awakened / to the cry

Refrain

Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
Like cream the waters rise
And we strolled there together
With none to laugh or criticize
And the leopard
And the lamb
Lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
To recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
God knows / a purer view
As I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you

Refrain

The power to dream / to rule
To wrestle the world from fools
It’s decreed the people rule
It’s decreed the people rule
LISTEN
I believe everything we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earth’s revolution
We have the power
People have the power ...


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    General Commentbrillliiaaant. a classic
    mimison August 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjust a great beautiful up- lifting song
    that empowers my own will to live
    think and love while being alive
    naivadaon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion--and I love Patti Smith--not one of her best songs. I find the music a little simplistic and repetitive.
    Goldengroveon January 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful uplifting song from the great Patti Smith. It's about a dream that she turns into reality by committing to the ideal of loving. She helps create community with those actions.
    ddirkson May 01, 2014   Link

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