"Dreamville" as written by and Tom Petty....
Goin' down to Lillian's music store
To buy a black diamond string
Gonna wind it up on my guitar
Gonna make that silver sing

Like it was Dreamville
A long time ago
A million miles away
All the trees were green
In Dreamville

I keep wakin' up all by myself
With a bluejay in my brain
Flappin' his wings, makin' me sing
It was just about to rain

Like it was Dreamville
Where I was born
Light years from here
And the air smelled good
In Dreamville

Like it was Dreamville
A long time ago
Light years from here
And the trees were green
In Dreamville

Ridin' with my mamma
To Glen Springs Pool
The water was cold
My lips were blue
There was rock and roll
Across the dial
When I think of her
It makes me smile

Like it was Dreamville
A long time ago
A million miles away
All the trees were green
In Dreamville, in Dreamville

Yeah it was Dreamville
A long time ago
Light years from here
And the air smelled good
In Dreamville, in Dreamville



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"Dreamville" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentI love this song...it's one of the few TP songs, I believe, that's actually about him. The music shop in Gainesville has been slightly fictionalised as Lillian's (it's really Liphams), and I'm sure it's significant that there's a verse about happy memories of his mother but nothing about his father.

    The whole song is infused with nostalgia and the arrangement complements this. It took me quite a while to come to terms with the orchestral settings of many of the songs on The Last DJ, but hey - if we never tried anything different we'd stagnate, wouldn't we? Here the setting is perfectly appropriate for the song, and the feelings it inspires in me are all about how we romanticise our childhood and youth, looking back - and about whether or not this is a good thing. (No, I don't know the answer.)
    treefrogdemonon September 14, 2011   Link

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