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It's A Dream song meanings
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    General CommentI've never been a huge Neil Young fan but this song is simply beautiful, almost trancendental.

    The lyrics mesh perfectly with his yearning tone.

    The chorus,

    "It's a dream
    Only a dream
    And it's fading now
    Fading away "

    rings even more powerfully considering Young's advanced age.

    Couldn't stop listening to it.....
    rick3001on December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe verses are just snapshots in time, which to the speaker are like dreams... Just as dreams escape us when we awake, so do our memories as we age. And when we die, they no longer have anywhere to stay.
    bobdylaniscoolon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song. lyrics are just amazing.
    kdkmusicon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot to nitpick, but the line:

    "Swirling around the old bridge pylons"

    is actually:

    "Swirling around the old bridge pilings".

    This one makes me instantly sad (but still can't stop listening).
    tbone72on May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love Neil. But, I don't WANT the dream to fade. I am fighting that, for sure. And I don't like the part about "without anywhere to stay" because it is permanently lodged in my heart and my head. This song tugs at my fragile emotions.....
    postmortemon July 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about consoling someone who had a bad dream, and bringing them back to reality. The bad dream isn't real - look at everything around you. Those descriptions of the world around him aren't memories, but they are evidence that life continues normally, despite the bad dream - which was "only a dream."
    john123on February 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI suspect that Neil's father's battle with dementia had a lot to do with this song. When you care for someone with Alzheimer's or something similar, you're forced to face the reality that not even memories are permanent.

    This song is so heart-achingly beautiful because it reminds us what a wonderful world we live in, but also that everything we know and love will eventually fade away.
    padressonon April 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI saw him perform this song on SNL, and he had Hippie Dream written on a card tucked into the side of his hat. Does he think that the hippy generation's values are only a dream now? I hope not.
    bettronellaon December 25, 2015   Link

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