Clinically he was dead
But the motor inside his head was still working
So they plugged him into a machine
And let his brain dream

But people cannot tell you
There's no way around it
People cannot tell you
There's no life without that

And it's another prank call
In the middle of the night
And it's a silver white moon
And it still shines bright
And it's another prank call
Why don't you put up a fight
And dream on
Dream on
Dream on

Clinically I was dead
But the modem inside my head was still working
So they put me into a machine
And let my brain dream

So people cannot tell you
There's no way around it
And people cannot tell you
That there's no life without that

And it's another prank call
In the middle of the night
And it's a silver white moon
And it still shines bright
And it's another prank call
Why don't you put up a fight
And dream on
Dream on
Dream on


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    General CommentGreat song. It brings in the new futurist conception of eternal life through 'brain in a tank' science fiction. Really interesting imagery. It argues against those who believe that life dies with the brain. Actually, Chad argues, it doesn't. As long as some motor, some cognitive spark still "dreams on", you can live on. And maybe get hacked by prankster kids, making you see a light at the end of a tunnel!
    eagle-bearon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit's clinically dead
    hungry_daveon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis has nothing to do with this song but I saw a video for the song "Hot Red Drops" by Chad and have no idea where to find the song at. If anyone knows I'd appreciate the info.
    SharpenedTeethon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like the first comment meaning, but it doesn't have to be a furturistic thing. i was thinking he was talking about whether or not someone should pull the plug on someone that's living off a machine. i think he's saying that you're still there, even though you're just dreaming, so "put up a fight".
    crumbon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit should be "there's no life without DEATH
    pandora_ash_avalieon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbut this is an amazing song
    pandora_ash_avalieon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand "people CAN I tell you" that's what i hear anyway.
    pandora_ash_avalieon July 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthere is a missing 'i' in the title, just wanted to point that out
    sterile.starson February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Crumb. I picture the song being about a patient who is paralyzed and barely alive, and the family deciding whether or not they should keep him alive.
    HappyNegroon June 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's too hard to believe that he would be touching on a theme of transhumanism.
    Whitecloudon October 05, 2011   Link

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