"Dreaming With A Broken Heart" as written by and John Mayer....
When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The waking up is the hardest part

You roll out of bed and down on your knees
And for a moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here
Is she standing in my room?

No, she's not
'Cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The giving up is the hardest part

She takes you in with her crying eyes
Then all at once you have to say goodbye
Wondering, could you stay, my love?
Will you wake up by my side?

No, she can't
'Cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

Now do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my, roses in my hands?
Would you get them if I did?

No, you won't
'Cause you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The waking up is the hardest part.

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"Dreaming with a Broken Heart" as written by John Clayton Mayer


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  • +6
    General CommentThis song, to me, completely depicts what loneliness is like. When you fall for someone and then find out that they don't feel the same for you anymore. Its like dying inside that that's pretty much what he's describing. You've died inside...'The hardest thing is waking up' also strengthened by the symbolism of waking up with a rose, strongly connecting this idea with a funeral/coffin/death/burial. But you figure out that you can love on, as hard as it may be...'You role out of bed and down on your knees' But then you're just so humbled by these feeling that you've felt. 'For a moment you can harldy breathe'. Then theres the repetition of 'gone'. This seems to be like a reminder that they arent there...a sad reminder to yourself that you have to go on.

    Beautiful song. Beautiful Man.
    flyrice817on September 15, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. Johns lyrics are so real. To me its about the aftermath of a relationship. He is remembering how he once had the girl over at his house, in the very room he is in now, and now that she is gone he cant beleive she was here, and misses her so much. He was used to waking up with her beside him, and the hardest part is waking up and hoping for a split second she will be there, but than realizing shes gone.

    the line:

    "do i have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?"

    to me it means he dreams about her, about them being together in his dreams, and when he wakes up to reality, she is not there. so he is thinking that maybe if he slept with roses in his hand, he could give them to her in his dream, and he would wake up with her by his side.

    but he once again realizes she will not get them, because she is "gone, gone , gone ,gone....

    when your dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part...

    amazing song.
    Doriason August 10, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI sat and finally listened to this song today. And I realize how much I can relate to it. I have dreams of my ex all the time, and even though I pretend I'm over him, I'm so happy when he kisses me in my dreams. This is exactly what I'm going through.
    stephylynnxoon December 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpersonal testimony:

    on the way to go see john last month, i was with one of my closest friends, and we were talking about which songs we liked on the new album, and I said this one because i can really relate.
    and she sort of shrugged it off, because her relationship was going well.

    they recently ended it, and she told me last night that she got it. she got the "waking up is the hardest part" and i just wished more than anything that she didnt get it. that she could keep shrugging it off.

    because you have these dreams, remembering how you were with this person, the happiness and comfort that they provided, and then you wake up and have to remind yourself that they're "gone." and that dream stays with you all day, and you have this instant happiness but you have to remember that it was just a dream.

    and the waking up is allllways agony.
    quietgreyeyeson November 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe said; It is about when things go wrong with someone, you meet them in your dream and they are still alright but, then you wake up and realise "they hate me".
    webb girlon September 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so amazing! The first time I heard it I pulled over on the side of the road and text messaged some of the lyrics to my ex-girlfriend. I can totally relate to this song.

    I hurt so bad all I wanted to do was sleep--and I hated waking up, because she was in my every thought. I thought of her so much--it felt surreal.

    I gave her up and it was the hardest thing I have done in a very long time... I am still coping with it.

    The lyrics: "she takes you in with your crying eyes
    then all at once you have to say goodbye
    wondering could you stay my love?" Seeing her cry hurt the most and made me want to take her back and try to work on things again, even though I felt we were doomed. I still want her and want to be with her but she is gone and I made her leave. So this is probably a llittle backwards on the leaving part but this is what I took from the song.
    lil kimon March 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think there are a lot of us who can really relate to this song.
    I know the first time I heard it, my heart broke a little at how true it was. I was, at the time, very much in love with someone who did not feel the same way. And almost every night I would have those dreams.
    I wish that no one could relate to this song. Cause if you can, you are hurting a lot. More than anyone should have to.
    RubyFallson August 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really hit home for me. This song said exactly how i felt when i first heard it. It basically said to me that there are other people in this world that feel the same way, they have feelings wether it is love, just like or mixed feelings and the other person does not feel the same. To me that is the worst feeling in the world. To basically give someone your heart and you put your feelings out in the open and your are at your most vaulnerable and then next thing you know the other person wether they know it or not just breaks your heart. It hurts and John Mayer has the perfect words to let you know that your not the only one that is feeling or has felt the same as you.
    beccajeccaon February 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHave you ever woken up and just for a second felt the person you love laying next to you? Or felt them touch you? And the when you open your eyes they're not there?

    Or had a dream that was so vivid, so real that when you wake up you have to look around to see if anything is out of place? Kind of like a clue as to whether they were really there or not. I've asked myself..."did that really happen? I'm I going crazy?"

    Then I heard this song and I realized I was dreaming with a broken heart.
    HardToImagineon February 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti've had my share of broken hearts but the one that really got me was when i literally had trouble breathing when i woke up
    aspeton September 22, 2009   Link

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