"Pipe Dreams" as written by and Francis Healy....
I read it all, every word
And I still don't understand a thing
What had you heard?
What had you heard
Was it love, was it take another walk in the dark?

You'll never learn
I'd pray to God if there was heaven
But heaven seems so very far from here
And it all boils down to the same old thing
Just a yin and a yang or a couple of pipe dreams
And it all boils down to the same old pain
Whether you win or lose isn't gonna change a single thing

I stood in line and a thought crossed my mind
I had been dreaming but I didn't mind
I signed the line and the woman looked right through me
She didn't smile

I'd pray to God if there was heaven
But heaven seems so very far from here
And it all boils down to the same old thing
Just a yin and a yang or a couple of pipe dreams
And it all boils down to the same old pain
Whether you win or lose isn't gonna change a single thing

I'd pray to God if there was heaven
But heaven seems so very far from here
And it all boils down to the same old thing
Just a yin and a yang or a couple of pints please
And it all boils down to the same old pain
Whether you win or lose isn't gonna change a single thing

And it all boils down to the same old feat
Just a link in a chain, just a puppet on a string
And it all boils down to the same old pain

Whether you win or you lose
Whether you win or you lose
Whether you win or you lose
Whether you win or you lose


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"Pipe Dreams" as written by Francis Healy

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    General CommentI think this song is about being stuck in a really hopeless place. Just living every single day in the same way and not finding any joy in your life.
    violetzebrason February 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about life being without meaning or reason. it's about just living and being depressed.
    sharx98on May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeen there, done that, got the tee-shirt. It looks to me like divorce. I agree with the above interpretations about a relationship gone wrong, then the part about "I read every word, and I still don't understand" could be divorce papers, or a dear john letter -- you wanted it to last, so you don't understand how it could come to this. And you have to "sign the line". Maybe he's in line to file the papers, I don't know. And ying and yan represents opposite qualities or male and female.
    And yes, he tries to turn to spirituality for help, but it doesn't change the situation or make it go away. In the relationship, you are always arguing, "Whether you win or lose
    Isn't gonna change a single thing". It stills hurts and it's still over. You feel hopeless.

    On the other hand, it could easily be some other situation, like dealing with a negative story about you in the newspaper, or a letter denying you your goals, your dreams, hence the title, "pipe dreams". Wiki- "A pipe dream is a fantastic hope or plan that is generally regarded as being nearly impossible to achieve."

    I like what violetzebras said, "I think this song is about being stuck in a really hopeless place. Just living every single day in the same way and not finding any joy in your life. " leaving it more general, to many situations.
    musicalcureon March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is my FAVORITE song. I love the beautiful melody and lyrics. i interpreted it as kind of just being yourself and not getting caught up in image or the hectic world, or something, cuz in the end its not whether you win or lose, but how you lived each day. that kinda thing.
    missblisson May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have dreams about laying your mom pipe.
    sierpon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not really sure whats it's about, maybe something to do with being in an imposible stuation that causes a lot of pain? Anyway, I love it. It has such a beautiful melody and the way it's sung makes me want to cry.
    anniep233on May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI guess this song is just about feeling that in the end, nothing really matters, money, looks, whatever. and the part about heaven being so far away seems like he thinks we've done this all to ourselves and maybe we wont get to see heaven... I guess... not really sure...
    Any ideas? Still, It's one of my favourite songs.
    Bishon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought this song was about falling in love with someone that you really felt you had something in common with.. and for some reason she writes a letter to him and breaks up with him ["i read it all, every word, and i still don't understand a thing"]. he thinks about losing love and how life is very much the same. it goes around in an endless circle of pain. thats just what i think..

    FAVORITE PART: "what had you heard? was it love? was it take another walk in the dark? you'll never learn.."
    starlightfadingon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"I'd pray to God if there was heaven/But heaven seems so very far from here/And it all boils down to the same old thing/Whether you win or lose isn't gonna change a single thing"
    Statbucksbabe28on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI can totally relate to this song, especially the 1st line at present: ' I read it all, every word, and I still don't understand a thing' --> that's how I feel every day when I'm revsing for my A-Levels! :) But seriously, the song is fantastic. 'I'd pray to god if there was heaven, but heaven seems so very far from here' - how I can relate to that line.
    butterflykiss84on June 09, 2003   Link

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