"Dream Scream" as written by and Daniel Dale Johnston....
I'm having dreams about you
I wanna scream about you
I'm having dreams about you
I wanna scream about you

everything you have done
You were the girl
Who seemed to own the world
Everything was about you

I took a chance to call you my own
I didn't know a thing about you

thought you could love
What a fool I was

what's going on
I was just singing my song
There's something mad about you

I took it wrong
You like my song
Why couldnt I have you
Crazy dream you done me wrong
You left me long
I couldnt stand to chance without you

you said the love was dead
And in my head
I just couldnt believe it

and on the phone you said
You never knew me at all

thought there was love
What a fool I was

and everything was in hyper-jinx
Just like an old time movie

you don't understand
Can't comprehend

I guess it doesn't really matter

and every dream a nightmare
And nothing really matters

I thought I was Loved
What a fool I was

having dreams about you
Having dreams about you
Having dreams about you
Having dreams about you



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"Dream Scream" as written by Daniel Dale Johnston

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  • +1
    General CommentShe didn't ruin his life. Is it her fault that she didn't feel the same way about him? They were friends in school, and she just didn't think of him that way. But in a way, all this time she's kind of been like an absent muse for him, since every love song he's ever written is about her.
    NorthWriteron May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsuper sad song
    i dont think this one is about Laurie, but about the other girl Kathie, that was in that band Glass Eye.
    She and Daneil were sort of a couple one summer and then she dumped him cause he was starting to get really ill.
    he gave her his demo and she listened to it and invited him to open for Glass Eye

    i took it wrong
    you like my song


    and then she says she spend the entire summer reminding him that the were not a couple anymore

    and on the phone you said
    you never knew me at all

    thought there was love
    what a fool i was
    spook!!on June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion, this is a beautiful, heart wrenching song. I first heard it by Death Cab, then went back and downloaded more from Daniel Johnston...

    This song is about someone who was in love. The relationship has ended. They continue to have dreams about their past love.

    When I listen to this song, my eyes are usually wide open throughout the whole thing. The lyrics are so beautiufl, and I can imagine listening to it when I'm really sad, or when I end my relationship. It's like ecstasy. It puts me in a state where I forget where I am, and I dont' live in the normal world anymore.
    CaptainOats4442on August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheart wrenching is right. I dream about my ex boyfriend all the time and yeah i'd like to scream about it. great song.
    wanttobewiseon November 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing. all daniel wanted in life was love. he thought he had found it. but she didnt love him. did u kno hes living with his parents now. this girl ruined his life. im afriad that one day ill be exactly like daniel, losing the only thing u wanted in life.[love]
    devil_town77on March 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song made me realize how mean we really are... i think at the end he kills himself... "im having dreams about you" x5 its kinda like how when we die its like we're just sleeping.
    hanna_Lon April 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really love Daniel's original and the Death Cab cover of this song. They bring two totally different feels to it.

    Daniel's original sounds very desperate to me. He breathes heavy like he's on the verge of tears. He sounds very forlorn and alone. It's so sad and it makes you feel for him.

    Musically I think it's pretty wistful in a awy. The guitar is twangy and dreamy. The piano is a bit stilted which characteristic of Daniel now. Overall it has a very lazy (not bad lazy) and dreamy quality to it.

    The Death Cab For Cutie version is great too. I usually don't like Ben Gibbard's voice but I think it meshes well with Daniel's lyrics. The piano is so steady it's hauntingand I love love love the drums in the DCFC version. The cymbal crashes and offbeat drum rolls are sooo good. The bass part is very powerful at the right times and the strange noise effects they put in take it to a whole other level. Overall, they took a great song and made a wonderfully haunting and beautiful interpretation.
    d1rgeon July 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLaurie is the reason for much of his art. as he says in the Devil and Daniel Johnston..."She inspired a thousand songs, and then i knew i was an artist". in a sense, his relationship with her was a good thing.

    does anybody know what hyper-jinx could mean? I know it is a name of one of his later bands, "Hyperjinx Tricycle". One of those band members said on their myspace account that it might have to do with the time-space continuum, but i think he might have been kidding. Any ideas?
    eskamoeon October 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLaurie is the reason for much of his art. as he says in the Devil and Daniel Johnston..."She inspired a thousand songs, and then i knew i was an artist". in a sense, his relationship with her was a good thing.

    does anybody know what hyper-jinx could mean? I know it is a name of one of his later bands, "Hyperjinx Tricycle". One of those band members said on their myspace account that it might have to do with the time-space continuum, but i think he might have been kidding. Any ideas?
    eskamoeon October 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI cried when I listened to it for the first time and it doesn't happen to me very often. It's hard to ignore this song. Daniel singing it with a breaking voice makes it so powerful, so true... DCFC version is great too, especially the drums, but it does not sound so desperate I think.
    MTheGreaton July 19, 2009   Link

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