"Don't Dream It's Over" as written by and Neil Mullane Finn....
There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Don't let them win (hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now)
Hey now, hey now
Don't let them win (they come, they come)
Don't let them win (hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now)


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"Don't Dream It's Over" as written by Neil Finn

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    General CommentI agree that oftentimes SNTR's cover versions of songs like Crowded House's"Don't Dream It's Over" are pretty good--but it seems that SNTR does a lot of covers without considering what direction their versions will be going--as both the reg. alternative and adult alt. stations I listen to never play their material, does it just get targeted for the Christian alt./pop audiences seeking music with "safe" lyrics?
    Perhaps the Lord needs to take SNTR into another direction, such as making their own original music with more focus on lyrical content befitting their own faith values, thus better showcasing the musical beauty of their songs. I say amen. =)
    pharmageekon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell regardless of your interpretations whatever they may be...

    This song was originally done by a band called Crowded House. The writer of the song (Niel Finn), wrote it after having a huge fight with his Wife. The song made the charts in 1987 which tells you how long ago that was.

    It was about a massive fight between him and his wife and all the things that went on. He's writing it while he's away from her and the news and everything around him paints this bleak picture yet at the same time he's still has hope they'll be fine.

    That is the original meaning for the song and who wrote it and why.
    Silverquickon August 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti dont get it
    good song and all
    but it's depressing
    it seems like it's either tellin you not to chase your dreams or to get over a girl or something
    romanfluxon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI never read it like that. I read the title as "don't dream that it's over". I actually don't think it's about a girl or guy at all. It's a commentary on what's been going on in the world. "My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof" makes me think of criminal profiling. But while all the world seems to be heating up and getting ready for a huge cultural war, most of us skip that part of the news to the tv page, pop culture, the newest clip about michael jackson... We're on the precipice of many great battles, and we won't win them all, but the enemies trying to divide us won't win because we won't let them. I think the song's about not thinking the world is over but just marching on ahead through the shadows and standing tall.
    lianaraon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have taken in historical context. i.e. Berlin wall. Specifically, the building of, as "they come, they come, to build a wall between us".
    Anyway, short responses mean we know our stuff, and we aren't bsing for an answer. See, Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over.
    fnuggeton January 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta song about God, perhaps. Sixpence none the richer are a Christian band, I believe the song was originally done by crowded house, who I think also had Christian leanings.
    Freedom is provided by God, freedom inside, but Christianity may restrict you from doing something else, denying freedom without, in theory.
    Deluge in a paper cup, perhaps this is referring to when the samaritan woman said to Jesus, "even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table."
    The next bit im not sure on, perhaps it is about the state of the world, battles. The last line of the first verse is still a mystery to me.
    Chorus, just cos u make a mistake and walk with the world dont mean ur relationship with God is over, the enemy will try to set up a wall between us anf God, but we musn't let him suceed.
    I agree with linara about the next verse.
    After this we step out and march on with God, towards his heart for us, what he desires for us, and the liberation and relief provided by it.
    Maybe wrong, just my ideas.
    bobtheflobon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit's about a relationship with people getting between the two significant others
    they come, they come, to build a wall between us"
    but the two keep steady and prosper
    "we know they wont win"
    The-Don March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you know Sixpence None the Richer it's pretty easy to tell they're very voiced in their political beliefs. This song carries the same meaning as the original Crowded House song. And this cover blows it away, by the way. Leigh Nash has the most beautiful voice of all time.
    rtilon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know they were a Christian band.. but any song can be about God. I always thought it was kind of a happy song.. I guess it's kind of sad but it makes me feel happy. I thought it was like when something ends, maybe like a relationship, but it still lives on and you can still enjoy it. It reminds me of that quote.. don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
    AmberAmeliaon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor those that didn't know, this song is a remake. Crowded House did the original in the 80's. Neil Finn of Crowded House wrote the song.
    Tidalcloudon April 10, 2006   Link

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