"Dreams Of Ordinary Men" as written by and Todd/hunter Rundgren....
There is an essence in the water
There is a spirit in the sky
There is a spider drawing webs
To crucify a fly

The fly is drawing nearer
Just as if he knew
How we all must fit the pattern
How the pattern must fit you

Everybody say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we’ll be living in
Out of the dreams of ordinary men

I mistook all your intentions
But you never did deceive
I have a helpless fascination
For the web you wove for me

We had nightly public beatings
But we slept in private hells
And I feel no guilt or vengeance
We just couldn’t help ourselves

Everybody say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we’ll be living in
Out of the dreams of ordinary men

You've got to say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we'll be living in
Out of the dreams of ordinary men

So what’s the answer I have to find
To change my world like I change my mind
And change my life
If I could only change my dreams

Everybody say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we’ll be living in
Out of the dreams...

Everybody say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we’ll be living in
Out of the dreams of ordinary men

You've got to say amen
These are the dreams of ordinary men
This is the world that we'll be living in
Out of the dreams of ordinary men


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    General CommentI've always thought that this song could have been written about the Amber series of books by Roger Zelazny. In them, most of the universe is made up of 'shadow planes' dreamed up by the 'Princes' of Amber. They dream up a land and they can then travel to it.

    Also, the City of Amber is one of the few fixed points in the universe and there are two close shadow copies. There is an undersea version of the city (and essence in the water) and another cloud version of the city (a spirit in the sky).

    Political machinations are the major theme of the books and it fits well with the tone of the song.

    I've always suspected that the band members of Dragon were reading the novels while on tour and that inspired them to write this song, but of course, cannot get that confirmed.
    fm31bron January 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it is much simpler, the writer is dissatisfied with life, but because He is Ordinary and because the world is ordinary they are unable to dream of anything greater than ordinary.
    This line is the key
    "So what’s the answer I have to find
    To change my world like I change my mind
    And change my life
    If I could only change my dreams"
    DanDManneron January 16, 2017   Link

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