"Dream Scream (Daniel Johnston cover)" 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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    My OpinionI just discovered this gem - both the original by Daniel Johnston and Death Cab for Cutie's version are heart wrenching.

    They're about still being utterly in love with the person who blindsided you all along.

    Wanting to scream from the depths of your soul that you love them.

    Having dreams that become nightmares after they leave.

    Who hasn't been there? :(
    indstrlgalon August 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentHow can nobody post about this song? Death Cab is one of my favorite bands. They did this song for a Daniel Johnston cover on the album unkown rejects.

    This song by them is probably one of the best covers I've ever heard. I didn't even know they did covers until I saw it on mtv.com

    This song is pure ecstasy for me. My eyes are sleepy, and wide open. I feel out of the world, and into my own. It feels like this whole song could play for the rest of my life, and I coudl just walk around lonely, and miserable for the rest of my life. I love this song...
    CaptainOats4442on August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh, it is so wonderful to read this comment, because I have right now exactly the same thing having listened to this song for 4 times and deciding that I should read the lyrics.
    It is just amazing... I can also listen to it for a long time.
    It makes me thrilled and so close to love...
    olllenon October 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentjust read the lyrics for this and the song sound fkn awesome. im a big death cab fan and i want to know where its from because its not on any of the albums or eps (i dont think)
    bridieon October 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is a great singer Daniel Johnston, it is his song originally. And there is a compilation of his songs covered by many great bands, it's called "The Late Great Daniel Johnston", it's on the 1st CD of two.
    olllenon October 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a beautifully polished adaptation of the daniel johnston song... i mean, part of what makes the original endearing IS its awkwardness, but on the other hand, death cab is just sooo good.

    if you really think about the kind of person saying what this song is saying... i bet you'd be a jerk to him too. i bet he's that pathetic guy that no one really likes. and that kind of pain is so much more real... you know what i mean?

    "i took it wrong, you liked my song...why couldn't i have you?" god... it just breaks your heart. he thought he could win this girl using his music, but just because she likes his music doesn't change the fact that he is unattractive and alone... it's so poignant. poor guy.
    enameledcherubson April 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow i can't believe no one really commented on this song. its a great cover, probably my favorite cover death cab does. oh wait...yeah it is my favorite.
    skijornon December 11, 2008   Link

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