"The Dream" as written by David Tolliver, James Ellis, Jeff Smith and Jeb Stuart Anderson....
Whisper in the yard and turn the trees all into toys
Lay there on the ground and turn the dirt into your joy
From what I see and what I know

It's all been boring lately so I suggest we trade a question mark in for a maybe
Time your riddles right and make a point that has no sense
Make sure that you're smiling and the money's been well spent
Innocence and ignorance it all goes hand in hand
I'm not sure that I'm right but I hope you'll understand

I hope that you're still searching for the start that has no end
And all the plastic people ave now become your friends
Before you start to drift and your soul begins to scream
I just wanted to tell you that you're only listening to 'A Dream'


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"The Dream" as written by Brent Smith

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    General Commenti love this poem well the part that says"Whisper in the yard and turn the trees all into toys,
    Lay there on the ground and turn the dirt into your joy"i think that means take what you got or to some poeple who do have anything find joy in the little things. and"From what I see and what I know,
    It's all been boring lately so I suggest we trade a question mark in for a maybe" i think this means you should take risks. the rest i have no clue lol
    paradise_is_mineon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShinedown is one of the few bands out today that actually are so unafraid of exploring new territory and defying the system, they start off their sophmore album with.......


    ........


    ....... the guitarists daughter reading a poem written by Brent....

    It was so random at first but it fits the album so perfectly, It adds that little X-factor that makes that much more amazing, seriously what other rock band would have the intro to an album..... just so you know, an intro gives you the first impression of an album....
    What band out today would have a little girl reading a poem be the first track?

    That's right next to nobody, And that's the thing about Shinedown, These guys know how to rock, and they know it, but they also know how to be artistic and they know it too....

    The way the songs feedbacks on the outtro to the guitar on the song heroes is absolutly perfect,..... Shinedown is so amazing, If you ask me, these guys should be one of the top lyrics searchs on the site....
    N0 C0DE 79on October 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually Tony Battiglia's daughter.
    Toxin45on January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment.....................i still dont know what the meaning of this poem is.I like it alot dont get me wrong but theres somethings I dont get.And yes SHINEDOWN DOES FREAGIN ROCK!!!!I think Brent has the best voice in alternative rock today,gives me chillz.
    kreep_713on January 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis poem is friggin trippy, I was hoping somebody had a thought on the meaning... everytime I hear this track when the girl says "your're only listening to a dream" I always get goosebumps. I'm not sure what it means but I think the part "all the plastic people have now become your friends,
    Before you start to drift and your soul begins to scream" means, becoming friends with the "right people" (not nessecearaly people you like but people that will get you somewhere in buissness/polotics/etc.) to achive your goals and have the ideal life (to some), then you start to drift (twords conformacy?) your soul begins to scream because you don't really want to be doing whatever your doing... but I don't think thats an accurate meaning of the poem.
    Gotwoon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first part sounds like maybe it's the "dreaming" part of the poem, but I actually think that it is the reality. "Whisper in the yard and turn the trees all into toys,
    Lay there on the ground and turn the dirt into your joy,
    From what I see and what I know,
    It's all been boring lately so I suggest we trade a question mark in for a maybe,"
    I think that is about making what you already have, not what you bought, into something more. Like a child plays in trees and dirt, but it does get boring after awhile. So you begin to let go of it for something more. "time your riddles right and make a point that has no sense,
    make sure that you're smiling and the money's been well spent,
    Innocence and ignorance it all goes hand in hand,
    I'm not sure that I'm right but I hope you'll understand,
    I hope that you're still searching for the start that has no end,
    and all the plastic people ave now become your friends" Thats when people start to watch you. You cant mess up, you cant fail them. You say what they want to hear, but not necessarily what you think about it. You wear the masks and buy the things that they want to see. You eventually just get so wrapped up in becoming what others want you to be that you are oblivious to whats truly going on. You're just trying to please everyone else.
    "Before you start to drift and your soul begins to scream,
    I just wanted to tell you that you're only listening to 'A Dream'"
    Before you get sucked into the things and completely entrapped, its just a reminder that it's not reality. You are reality, what you do is your dream.
    Brooke8210on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAMAZING poem. It's so cool to see that Shinedown isn't afraid to be a little different.
    iforgoton August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe dream is a riddle. i have no idea what it means. i disagree with the interpretation of being sucked into the world, but that's only my view. i don't know if anyone has the creed album human clay, but in the insert, there's this creepy image of these little kind of evil looking children covered in dirt running in circles. this is what the song reminds me of... it's really dark and sinister and it's the coolest thing i've ever heard to open an album with. i really believe that it doesn't have an earthly, simple meaning at all. i'll work on it and repost.
    screaming_angelon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure if i have this right, but it's only my personal opinion on it.
    i believe this poem is about being upset with the world, how you are sick of everything in it and are swallowed up with self-pity.

    "Whisper in the yard and turn the trees all into toys,
    Lay there on the ground and turn the dirt into your joy,
    From what I see and what I know,
    It's all been boring lately, so I suggest we trade a question mark in for a maybe"

    When they say this, I picture a child in a field, playing with the dirt. I just usually get this picture that she's sad and depressed, so she's playing with the dirt to distract herself. I'm not sure about you guys, but when I'm depressed, I tend to play around with things so I'm distracted from the sadness.

    However, the poem goes on..
    "I'm not sure that I'm right but I hope you'll understand,
    I hope that you're still searching for the start that has no end,
    and all the plastic people ave now become your friends"

    I believe this is the waking point, she grows up and realizes that life is not always worth crying over. So what if the "plastic people" are different than you? That's no reason to not try to get along. Life CAN be enjoyed.

    And the final verses..
    "Before you start to drift and your soul begins to scream,
    I just wanted to tell you that you're only listening to 'A Dream'."

    I believe these verses are referring to how much a person can overthink things. Sometimes we get too swallowed up in our busy lifes. After all, it IS only a dream, only a fraction of a split second in time we are all here.

    Basically the message of the song is to enjoy life, and not get too caught up in the mess, because in the end, it's not worth it.

    Yeah, that's just my opinion. Tell me what you guys think.
    squirtton March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts funny i wuz sleepin w/ my headphones on n this track came on n it freaked me out cuz i realy thought i was listenin to a dream
    Negrumon March 30, 2007   Link

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