"Set Apart This Dream" as written by Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann, Lacey Nicole Sturm and Kirkpatrick Seals....
Close your eyes little girl
You're a princess now
You own this world
Twirling in your twirly dress
You're the loveliest far above the rest
You build your castles in the skies
Stars reflecting off your eyes
And angels sing on silver clouds
And no one cries screams or shouts'
Oh set apart this dream
Set apart this dream for me

Close your eyes pretty girl
Cause its easier when you brace yourself
Set your thoughts on a world far off
Where we only cry from joy

Oh set apart this dream
Set apart this dream for me

Oh lovely and beautiful
Precious and priceless
You're so much more than you know
Heart of the purest gold
Pure clean and white snow
Clothed in such splendor
Oh what a beauty for me.

Oh set apart this dream
Set apart this dream for me.


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"Set Apart This Dream" as written by Jared Hartmann James Culpepper

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    My InterpretationThis is such a beautiful song! I have a slightly different interpretation, though...last night I was listening to the song with my eyes closed...just listening...and a beautiful image began to play in my head.

    "Close your eyes, little girl
    You're a princess now, you own this world
    Twirling in your twirly dress
    You're the loveliest, far above the rest"

    This first stanza is a perfect description of every little girl's dream. Ah, to be a princess...to be beautiful and wonderful and adored and perfect...what every little girl dreams of. She does a beautiful job of portraying this fantasy in a mere four lines.

    "You build your castles in the skies
    Stars reflecting off your eyes
    And angels sing on silver clouds
    And no one cries, screams or shouts"

    This second stanza is a beautiful description of Heaven. Castles in the sky...angels singing...no one crying...isn't that what the Bible describes when speaking of Heaven? There will be streets made of gold and angels worshipping Him and He will wipe away every tear from every eye and we will all be sons and daughters of Christ...Princes and Princesses of Christ.

    The way I see it, she is comparing these two scenes, a little girl's fairy tales and the paradise that is Heaven. Notice how similar they are? I don't believe that's just a coincidence. It seems to me like she is telling this little girl that her fantasy is going to come true...someday, if she is saved, she WILL be a princess with castles in the sky, owning the world and twirling in her twirly dress. And the chorus is wistful, hoping...

    "Ooh, set apart this dream
    Oh, set apart this dream for me
    Set apart this dream for me"

    She knows the dream of this child and she wants it too. She longs for nothing more than what this little girl wants. She's begging to have the dream set apart for her, too. She wants to experience this love and power and beauty that this little girl is fantasizing and God is talking about, because in reality, these two are one and the same.

    "Close your eyes, pretty girl
    'Cause it's easier when you brace yourself
    Set your thoughts on a world far off
    Where we only cry from joy"

    Here, she is giving a bit of advice. Close your eyes and brace yourself. No, your fantasy isn't going to be here on Earth. You're going to run into hard times, and to get through them, you must set your thoughts on things above, on your fantasy, on the reality that is eternity in Heaven, your eternal reward. Heaven, a place where we only cry from joy. This is how you make it through this life...the people that don't have this assurance of salvation, this knowledge and hope in what is to come, they aren't happy, they don't have anything or anyone to look to.

    This is such a beautiful song! I have a slightly different interpretation, though...last night I was listening to the song with my eyes closed...just listening...and a beautiful image began to play in my head.

    "Close your eyes, little girl
    You're a princess now, you own this world
    Twirling in your twirly dress
    You're the loveliest, far above the rest"

    This first stanza is a perfect description of every little girl's dream. Ah, to be a princess...to be beautiful and wonderful and adored and perfect...what every little girl dreams of. She does a beautiful job of portraying this fantasy in a mere four lines.

    "You build your castles in the skies
    Stars reflecting off your eyes
    And angels sing on silver clouds
    And no one cries, screams or shouts"

    This second stanza is a beautiful description of Heaven. Castles in the sky...angels singing...no one crying...isn't that what the Bible describes when speaking of Heaven? There will be streets made of gold and angels worshipping Him and He will wipe away every tear from every eye and we will all be sons and daughters of Christ...Princes and Princesses of Christ.

    The way I see it, she is comparing these two scenes, a little girl's fairy tales and the paradise that is Heaven. Notice how similar they are? I don't believe that's just a coincidence. It seems to me like she is telling this little girl that her fantasy is going to come true...someday, if she is saved, she WILL be a princess with castles in the sky, owning the world and twirling in her twirly dress. And the chorus is wistful, hoping...

    "Ooh, set apart this dream
    Oh, set apart this dream for me
    Set apart this dream for me"

    She knows the dream of this child and she wants it too. She longs for nothing more than what this little girl wants. She's begging to have the dream set apart for her, too. She wants to experience this love and power and beauty that this little girl is fantasizing and God is talking about, because in reality, these two are one and the same.

    "Close your eyes, pretty girl
    'Cause it's easier when you brace yourself
    Set your thoughts on a world far off
    Where we only cry from joy"

    Here, she is giving a bit of advice. Close your eyes and brace yourself. No, your fantasy isn't going to be here on Earth. You're going to run into hard times, and to get through them, you must set your thoughts on things above, on your fantasy, on the reality that is eternity in Heaven, your eternal reward. Heaven, a place where we only cry from joy. This is how you make it through this life...the people that don't have this assurance of salvation, this knowledge and hope in what is to come, they aren't happy, they don't have anything or anyone to look to.

    Finally, the bridge is so lovely and encouraging it nearly takes my breath away.

    "Oh lovely and beautiful, precious and priceless
    You're so much more than you know
    Heart of the purest gold
    Pure clean and white as snow
    Clothed in such splendor
    Oh, what a beauty for me"

    Here she is talking about how God sees this little girl and also about how she will be when she does get to Heaven someday. I believe the former is the most prominent, however, because we are getting a glimpse of how God views us once we are saved…he doesn’t see us masked and marked by our sins, but he sees us as beautiful, precious, and priceless…an amazing image, don’t you think?

    Of course, as it is with any song, poem, or story, there are multiple interpretations and each one can take from it what they will. But this is really how I see this song and how it spoke to me last night as I closed my eyes and remember what it was like to dream about being a princess…and the jarring but sweet realization that I am one…and someday I will be with my King in His kingdom.



    Emachinescaton January 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe way I see it, this song is about a girl that is in a nasty situation - maybe she's physically abused, but I think it's something more like an alcoholic parent. Anyway, this girl has to deal with horrible things, day in, day out, and the only thing that keeps her sane is daydreams of what she could be, in a world where everything is beautiful and safe and free. In this world, she is a pretty princess dancing on sugarplum clouds, and nothing can touch her. Her dearest wish is to be spirited away from the world which has caused her such harm, and to actually become the princess in her perfect kingdom. That's her dearest and only wish. So she kneels at the end of her bed and prays for it to come true, and that's this song. IMHO. Aha.
    HoboRollercoasteron January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually think Lacey wrote this song for her younger sister.
    In an interview she stated that many of the new songs in Memento Mori were made for her sister.
    She's almost pleading to her sister to make the best of things, and to remember that she means everything to her.

    The song says:
    "You're so much more than you know
    Heart of the purest gold
    Pure clean and white as snow
    Clothed in such splendor
    Oh, what a beauty for me"

    The entire song shows Lacey's appreciation for her sister, and i think its the cutest thing ever : )
    kzerton November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA little more about the inspiration for this song:

    "An avid reader, Flyleaf guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya was so moved by Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' and John Eldredge's 'Wild at Heart' that he wrote a song about them. The result is 'Set Apart This Dream,' which appears on 'Memento Mori,' the band's sophomore effort that debuted at 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

    "I'd say six years ago, I read 'Wild at Heart' by John Eldredge, and then like a couple years after that I read 'Les Miz' by Victor Hugo," Bhattacharya told Noisecreep via telephone from New York City. "I think those books could have gone together. It's about men stepping up and women feeling like ... I don't know. It was really amazing about how those books came together. It really spoke to me.""
    kaytahmcneilon January 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough I like Emachinescat's interpretation, just to give another perspective:

    It could be viewed that the girl in this song in the Bride of Christ, which is the Church. The words in the verses are spoken by Jesus as a love song to each individual Christian.

    The chrous is our response to this, hope for setting apart this dream for me
    solarwaveon January 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I the only one that noticed this at the end?

    You didn't come this far just to be plundered
    You're down with...(something)...your strength
    Sleep in this haven
    The king holds your favor
    With love much greater you'll dream

    not sure about that last line :')
    Carobearon February 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti honestly wasnt too into flyleaf until this girl i kno kept telling me to listen to them. she told me to listen to this song 1st cuz its her fav. anyways i did and honestly this is freaking beautiful song that gives me hope and just makes me smile. its really rare these days to come upon songs like this. most songs talk about heartbreak and death and partys and sex. dont get me wrong im a huge metal head who loves to party and all but this song is just as my friend put it "a beautiful lullaby". definitely a fav song of mine now. wat sucks 4 me is she sum how roped me into playing my acoustic and singing it 4 her. there is no way i can compare to Lacy's AMAZING voice. sry 4 that lil venting lol but i gotta say flyleaf is now one of my fav bands right now.

    PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL!!!!!
    SavingValentine94on August 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe its just me but this sounds very much like this little girl just died. I think its a sad song but its also very good. Maybe this little girl was suffering, but now "angels sing on silver clouds
    And no one cries, screams or shouts".
    peacelovetiedyeon November 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti see where you're coming from.
    it's my favorite on the album.
    XxShamelessxXon November 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is based on the book Captivating.
    tulipsareblueon November 11, 2009   Link

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