"Dreams Old Men Dream" as written by and Nathan Willett Matthew Maust....
Thought I was laying in the gutter in
Milk cartons and bones
But I was standing on a mountain top
Looking over your homes
Thought I was laying in my garden with
My hands deep in soil
But I was there on an island
Shooting flares at you both
Thought I was soothing like a violin
Confessing new rain
But I was piping like a trumpet
Frantic but faint
Thought I was built like a building's built
On concrete and stone
I realized I'm just a hack actor
Finished playing my role

You're reading my thoughts
Dreams old men dreams
It's just like when we were kids
We'd lay around wondering
We try to listen to what they said

Thought I was writing for a hundred hours
Looking straight into me
But I was reading on the newspaper obituary
Thought I was nervous like mail man
Reading your letters dear
But I was at our anniversary
Toasting thirty years

You're reading my thoughts
Dreams old men dream
It's just like when we were kids
We'd lay around wondering
We try to listen to what they say x2

Push my piano outside
I don't care x2
Meet the media black sky
I don't care x2
The neighbors will complain
Let them stare x2
Who knows where the time goes
I don't care x2

What would you think of me if I told you
I haven't slept in weeks
I've been up chasing my childhood with a pen
These are dreams old men dream


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"Dreams Old Men Dream" as written by Matthew Aveiro Jonathan Russell

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    General CommentThought I was laying in the gutter
    In milk cartons and bones,
    But I was standing on a mountin top
    Looking over your homes
    Thought I was laying my garden
    With my hands deep in soil
    But I was there on an island
    Shooting flares at your boat

    Thought I was soothing like a violin
    Confessing new rain
    But I was piping like a trumpet
    Frantic for fame,
    Thought I was built like a buildings built
    Iron concrete and stone
    I realize I’m just a hack actor
    Finished playing my role

    Your reading my thoughts
    Dreams old men dream
    Its just like when we were kids
    We’d lay around wondering
    We try to listen to what they say

    Thought I was writing for a hundred hours
    Looking straight into me
    But I was reading on the news paper obituaries
    Thought I was nervous like a mailman
    Reading your letters dear
    But I was at our anniversary toasting 30 years

    Your reading my thoughts
    Dreams old men dream
    Its just like when we were kids
    We’d lay around wondering
    We try to listen to what they say

    We try to listen to what they say

    Push my piano outside
    I don’t care, I don’t care
    Beneath the meteor black sky
    I don’t care, I don’t care
    The neighbours will complain
    Let them stare, let them stare
    Who knows where the time goes
    I don’t care, I don’t care

    What would you think of me if I told you.
    I haven’t slept in weeks.

    these are the right lyrics!
    this is definetly my favourite song from loyalty to loyalty!:)
    ahumanpersonon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I wondered what it was about. Dreams old men dream, WHAT THE does that mean haha.
    After listening through a couple times, the core message that I gathered up from it was pretty much along the same lines as what @Sunshineshine said. I really like this song. Cold War Kids, cut it out. Such a rad band, hey! Oh, also, I found this bible verse that could have been a bit of inspiration for this song aswell ..
    "..... Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions..." Joel 2.28
    smallcupofteaon May 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese are really wrong
    nickjones724on September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhoever wrote this is an idiot, the lyrics are completely butchered.
    Denver Maxon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe songs about how we see things in some sort of ilusion in which they look better. dreams of reality

    p.d.give the guy a break. he can still edit em
    why dont you fucking comment on the song?
    life_aint_chesson September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLast two lyrics:
    I've been up chasing my childhood with a pin
    These are dreams old men dream

    All the rest above are right.

    Anyway, it seems like the protagonist is realizing he's old, crossed with a meditation on how life goes past so fast.

    Favorite line:
    "Thought I was nervous like a mailman [...] But I was at our anniversary toasting thirty years."
    One moment he was scared of commitment, and the next he's been married thirty years. So true.
    personmanthingguyon October 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor the people above, do me a favor. Go to youtube and type in
    'cold war kids black cab". Listen to the black cab session version of this song, which is where I tried to decipher the music, and you try to figure them out from that version. Yes, not that hard from the CD version, but these were put up before the CD was even available to me.

    On top of that, the black cab session of this song is a hell of a lot better then the CD version
    Spudkayakson October 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbetter than the cd version? are you kidding me? sure, it doesn't have the almighty violin (which, as we all know, when introduced raises the song's overall credibility by at least 60% right?), but the lead guitarist's haunting melodies and sweeping high chords in the cd version is breathtaking.. not to mention thanks to the bass player the chorus had a bit of life breathed into it. and the drummer gives the song that extra military-esque edge, nope, in my opinion the cd version is a beautiful combination of all four instruments, demonstrates what a band should sound like, and completely blows the black cab version outta the water...
    ion_fluxon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI beg to differ, the black cab sessions version is far better than the CD version, and the live versions on Youtube are better as well, I dont think there is as mush passion and soul in the CD version than the others.
    aeroman5on October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI beg to differ, the black cab sessions version is far better than the CD version, and the live versions on Youtube are better as well, I dont think there is as mush passion and soul in the CD version than the others.
    aeroman5on October 29, 2008   Link

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