"Dreaming" as written by Andres Levin, Camus Celli and Stef Mc Kay....
When I met you in the restaurant you could tell I was no debutante
You asked me what's my pleasure, "A movie or a measure"?
I'll have a cup of tea and tell you of my dreamin'
Dreamin' is free
Dreamin', dreaming is free

I don't want to live on charity
Pleasure's real or is it fantasy?
Reel to reel is living verite
People stop and stare at me, we just walk on by
We just keep on dreamin'

Beat feet, walking a two-mile
Meet me, meet me at the turnstile
I never met him, I'll never forget him
Dream dream, even for a little while
Dream dream, filling up an idle hour
Fade away, radiate

I sit by and watch the river flow
I sit by and watch the traffic go
Imagine something of your very own, something you can have and hold
I'd build a road in gold just to have some dreamin'
Dreamin' is free
Dreamin', dreamin' is free

Dreamin', dreamin' is free
Dreamin', dreamin' is free

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"Dreaming" as written by Deborah Harry Chris Stein


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  • +5
    General CommentIMO, Harry is exploring the dividing line between reality and our thoughts/dreams. She has little or no connection to actual people in the song but rather identifies almost totally with her dreams, even to the point of wondering whether pleasure is created by something real or if it is simply a mental state of being.

    I think a subtext that is repeated here is that dreaming is free, i.e. it requires no emotional risk. Without that risk there is no chance of being hurt, so perhaps her attachment to her dreams is a function of a desire to avoid pain. In the end, she "sits by" and watches the world pass her by but is willing to "build a road in gold" in order to hold on to her dreams.
    jomo83on July 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI have no way to confirm this other than asking by Debra, but by coincidence one day after watching the 1945 movie "Brief Encounter" I heard the song "Dreaming" and it all seemed to fit, making me believe that she might've been inspired by the movie to write this song.

    Just about every line in the song describes the movie.

    (I've never heard anything that would suggest that she has ever revealed this, so for now it's merely an assumption on my part)

    The leading lady who's married, by chance meets a married man that she fancies in the restaurant of the British train station in Carnforth, and goes on to have a brief secret love affair with him.

    They have tea together like good Brits (I'll have a cup of tea), and in the station there is a little musical group playing, he asked her if she'd like to stay and listen (to a measure), or see a movie. They ultimately go to a movie.

    He offers to pay for her tea, but she refuses (She doesn't want to live on charity).

    Reel to reel is living verite - movie reference of a style of documentary filmmaking that combines improvisation with the use of the camera to unveil truth of highlight subjects hidden behind crude reality.

    People stop and stare at me, we just walk on by, We just keep on dreamin' - (There are gossipy nosey people that observe them together).

    Beat feet, walking a two mile...Meet me, meet me at the turnstile (at the train station is where they'd continue to meet)

    I never met him, I'll never forget him. (She never knew him previously, but now he's all she thinks about).

    Dream dream even for a little while - (They typically have to cut short their dates because of their real lives, but she "fills up the idle hour" by soaking in all the love and romance she can 'til she has to go back home again).

    I sit by and watch the river flow - (The two of them also had a favorite spot to hang out on a stone bridge over a waterway to be alone and to talk while watching the water flow).

    I sit by and watch the traffic go. - (She sees trains coming and going while waiting for the one that he's on).

    Imagine something of your very own, something you can have and hold - (She dreams that they could really be together).

    Ultimately in the movie they have to stop seeing one another, and though she never reveals to her husband what has been going on, he somehow knows but loves her so much that he freely accepts her without making a deal of it. Very touching movie (I'm getting choked up thinking about it) and it wouldn't surprise me if Debra was so moved by it to write the song "Dreaming".

    Yo Debra, if you happen to read this, hit me up. It was mere coincidence that made me connect the dots, but if I'm on to something I'd just love to hear from you what a genius you think that I am. LOL!
    MongSeaningson November 28, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwould somebody be so kind to explain what exactly a "measure" is? in this context?

    btw, the Billy Corgan version is actually sung with Deborah Harry herself...
    Heinrichon September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!!! ITS FUCKING GREAT!!!
    ThenTheRoseRepeatson September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdeborah harry is not blondie. you fuck.
    funshineon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy band does a kick ass cover of this song.
    funshineon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeh, it reminds me of a schoolgirl crush. Or perhaps, those wonderful moments at the beginning of a relationship.
    serpentesseon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSmashing Pumkins covered this song on their Aeroplane Flies High boxed set with D'Arcy and Billy Corgan on vocals; it's hella mellower, but still good.
    New Dawnon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove love love
    thegreatcreatoron February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStonking great pop tune - I wish I could go back to the 70's and fuck her. She wrote most of the songs too,
    Lemonheadon April 01, 2005   Link

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