"The Dreamer" as written by and Kristian Matsson....
I'm just a dreamer but I'm hanging on
Though I am nothing big to offer
I watch the birds, how they dive in then gone
It's like nothing in this world's ever still

And I'm just a shadow of your thoughts in me
But sun is setting, shadows growing
A long cast figure will turn into night
It's like nothing in this world ever sleeps

Oh sometimes the blues is just a passing bird
And why can't that always be
Tossing aside from your birches crown
Just enough dark to see
How you're the light over me

And by your side, girl, where the acres grow
Into the strong and stunning meadow
A cowboy stumbling in the finest field
And nothing good out there won't be old

Oh sometimes the blues is just a passing bird
And why can't that always be
Tossing aside from your birches crown
Just enough dark to see
How you're the light over me

Sometimes the blues is just a passing bird
And why can't that always be
Tossing aside from your birches crown
Just enough dark to see
How you're the light over me


Lyrics submitted by sethbrown

"The Dreamer" as written by Gene Lees Antonio Carlos Jobim

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is amazingly beautiful. I definitely see it as a love song, but better than any other: it's real.

    I read the line "tossing aside from your birches crown" as a grammar mistake. The line seems like it should be, "tossing aside from your birch's crown." The crown of a tree is where the shadow begins and the light shines over. This segues perfectly into the next two lines: "just enough dark to see/how you're the light over me"

    Relationships aren't easy, there are definitely moments where there's darkness... but in a great one, there's only enough darkness to make the good times (the light) even better.

    The rest of the song talks about how fast the world moves, how busy we all are, how we all get down sometimes, but at the center, there's this relationship that ages together and provides a solid place from which to go out into the world.

    Or, it's a love song to nature, pure and simple, same sentiments apply. And then "birches" would make sense, as the earth would have a crown made of more than one birch. Either way, I like the use of the birch as the tree - they've long been regarded as magical and royal in mythology.

    True love. In the song and for it.
    ninadeeron November 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning
    I'm just a dreamer but I'm hanging on
    though I am nothing big to offer

    And I'm just a shadow of your thoughts of me


    The verses discuss the writer's humble view of himself compared with the (positively) biased view of his partner.


    But sun is setting, shadows growing
    A long cast figure will turn into night

    And by your side, girl, where the acres grow
    Into the strong and stunning meadow
    A cowboy stumbling in the finest field
    and nothing good out there won't be old


    Over time he matures into a better man because of her.


    Oh sometimes the blues is just a passing bird

    Just enough dark to see
    How you're the light over me


    The chorus speaks to the (mostly) transient bad times and how they are necessary to appreciate the good ones.
    tmeashon November 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"You're the light over me"

    You make me a better person.
    morikahjoon July 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis band has been around for a while but I was only lucky enough to find them now in 2014.
    This song is incredible and deep.
    I agree that this song has to do with a loved one, the one that makes life worth it.
    I believe this song is about life in general, it's hard and doesn't always work out like you believed it would.
    He's 'a dreamer' wishing it was easier or better, using the metaphor that sometimes hard times are just like a bird that quickly passes by but it can't always be like that, a lot of times it sticks around and makes the situation much harder.
    And with all this going on, tossing aside "your birch's crown"(the crown of the tree, the leaves and the branches) that shadows over him.... there is always the spaces in that crown that allow the sun to shine through.
    So even though there is this large shadow that hovers above him, he continues to go on because in the end, the rays of sunlight he gets to experience trumps all of the shade he has to experience.
    I think a lot of us have been in a relationship like this... it seems all wrong most of the time but when it's good.... it's incredible, and that in it self is extremely hard to explain, especially to other people.
    BenSA4321on April 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe no one's posted on this yet. Haha, I guess it's only been out a couple weeks, but this song is so incredible. Every release, I keep thinking TTMoE can't get any better, but he keeps proving me wrong.

    To me the real strength of this song is the melody--it's so soaring when it comes to the chorus, gets me every time. But the lyrics are stalwart for sure. It seem to be mostly a hopeful future outlook. First two stanzas seem to present a confusing, over-stimulating world (nothing in this world's ever still/ever sleeps). Of course, maybe I just hear them that way because I just moved to LA...

    But then the chorus simply and beautifully says that these difficulties are passing, and that the muse, whomever he/she may be, is "the light over me." He doesn't say "everything's gonna be alright," but the crown is tossed aside and there's "just enough dark to see." It's hopeful but not overly hopeful and stunningly beautiful.
    marshallrayhunton October 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    this is ridiculously good. first time i heard it, i was hooked.

    I think the song is about our insignificance in the world in some way. We are subjected to the whims of the working world and how the processes of nature are always turning. He is either addressing a creator, mother nature, and/or a lover that has profound affect on his thoughts and feelings. an absolute gem folks.
    summerteeth99on October 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"oh sometimes the blues is just a passing bird and why can't that always be"

    Sometimes we are sad (blues), but just for a while, like the time that takes a bird to pass the sky, e ask why can't sadness be always that temporarily.

    Rfcmadeiraon January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn incredible song by an incredible artist! I'm somewhat surprised he reserved this gem for an EP, but perhaps that makes it more valuable. Tallest Man rarely uses standard tuning, but when he does he can really belt it out.

    I agree with most of the interpretations above, however I hear the lyrics as:

    "...and nothing in this world won't be YOURS," instead of "won't be old."

    and

    "A toss and a sigh from your birches crown," instead of "tossing aside," though I can't be 100% certain.
    smellyheadon August 28, 2013   Link

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