"Sweet Dream" as written by and Ian Anderson....
You'll hear me calling in your sweet dream,
Can't hear your daddy's warning cry.
You're going back to be all the things you want to be
While in sweet dreams you softly sigh.

You hear my voice is calling to be mine again,
Live the rest of your life in a day.
Get out and get what you can
While your mummy's at home a-sleeping.
No time to understand
'Cause they've lost what they thought they were keeping.

No one can hear us in your sweet dream,
Don't hear you leave to start the car.
All wrapped up tightly in the coat you borrowed from me,
Your place of resting is not far.
You hear my voice is calling to be mine again,
Live the rest of your life in a day.
Get out and get what you can
While your mummy's at home a-sleeping.
No time to understand
'Cause they've lost what they thought they were keeping.


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"Sweet Dream" as written by Ian Anderson

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    My InterpretationThe message of the songs seems to be that no matter how much parents try to control their children (most likely a daughter in the case of this song), they can't control their child's dreams. Also, all the attempts at control will likely cause said child to rebel anyway.
    Krendall2006on May 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow, I'm the first to comment on this song, Jethro Tull is an extreamly underrated/underheard band, almost all of my friends had never heard of them before I made them listen to them
    Olexon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLast line is really good.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVampires
    gcapraon May 23, 2016   Link
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    General CommentSounds to me that this is a song about an ex lover (or at least friend an admirerer) murdering a sweet young girl
    "you hear my voice calling to be mine again, live the rest of your life in a day" in other words you left me and now im back and this is the last day of your life. I am going to kill you. "your place of resting is not far" a grave no doubt..."wrapped up tightly in the coat you borrowed from me"...a gift from better days..now a death shroud. The parents "lost what they thought they were keeping"...the life of their child.
    steely88on April 01, 2012   Link

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