"Dream Brother" as written by Jeff Buckley, Matt Johnson and Mick Grondahl....
There is a child sleeping near his twin
The pictures go wild in a rush of wind
That dark angel he is shuffling in
Watching over them with his black feather wings unfurled

The love you lost with her skin so fair
Is free with the wind in her butterscotch hair
Her green eyes bloom goodbyes
With her head in her hands and your kiss on the lips of another
Dream brother with your tears scattered round the world

Don't be like the one who made me so old
Don't be like the one who left behind his name
'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
And nobody ever came

Don't be like the one who made me so old
Don't be like the one who left behind his name
'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
And nobody ever came

Don't be like the one who made me so old
Don't be like the one who left behind his name
'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
And nobody ever came, nobody ever came

I feel afraid and I call your name
I love your voice and your dance insane
I hear your words and I know your pain
Your head in your hands and a kiss on the lips of another
Your eyes to the ground and the world spinning round forever
Asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over


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"Dream Brother" as written by Matt Johnson Jeff Buckley

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  • +4
    General CommentI assume the title is a reference to his father's song Dream Letter, written about little Jeff.
    azkmon May 13, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis is one of my all-time favourite songs. jeff did write this for his best friend, who was going to leave his girlfriend and the child she was carrying. he wrote the lyric "don't be like the one who made me so old" as a plea to his friend as he himself grew up without his father, who left while his mother was pregnant. this making him old beyond his years. and it also has an extra power for me with the final line being so tragically prophetic. the last line on the only album he ever completed, "asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over".
    hang on to a dreamon May 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe "brother" in this song was Jeff's friend, Chris Dowd. Dowd had his girlfriend pregnant and attempted to leave her but Jeff tried to stop him because he himself was abandoned by his own father.

    "Don't be like the one who made me so old
    Don't be like the one who left behind his name
    Cause they're waiting for you like i waited for mine
    And nobody ever came..."

    the line is about the similarities between DOWD and Jeff's dad Tim Buckley.



    d/c addicton July 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI read somewhere that he wrote this for his best friend - his "dream brother"...I could be wrong though.
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGuys..

    This song was written for a friend who wanted to run away from his responsibilties (and pregnant ex-girlfriend) -

    ''Green eyes bloom goodbyes. With her head in her hands and your kiss (already) on the lips of another.''

    He was saying to his fellow performer that he admires him very much and understands how he feels about the situation--- '' I love your voice and you dance insane. I feel your words and I know your pain''

    But he knows what it feels to be an abandoned child so he gives his friend the advice to not be like his father (Tim Buckley)who walked away from a child because of a relationship gone bad. In the end, the children are the ones who suffer... ---
    'Don't be like the one who made me so old. Dont be like the one who left behind his name'' (Tim Buckley left Jeff only a name for everyone to compare him to, even though he did not know him) .
    ''Cause they're waiting for you'' (The children you leave behind),
    ''Like I've waited for mine (his father)
    ''And nobody ever came''..


    ''Your eyes to the ground with the world spinning round forever. sleep in the sand with the ocean washing over'' -might describe how confusion and despair a child must feel when abandoned. Maybe that was directly from his experience.

    It must also express the battle and eternal guilt one faces in himself when he feels compelled (or has) to walk away from a child.
    terryperryon June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Don't be like the one who made me so old
    Don't belie the one who left behind his name
    'Cause they're waiting for you like i waited for mine
    And nobody ever came "

    As hang_on_to_a_dream suggests, these lines are clearly about Jeff's own father, Tim, who died before Jeff knew him. He's imploring his friend not to leave his own son the same way Jeff's father left him.

    This song has a remarkable shape to it - highly asymmetrical, extremely textured with variations in tempo and tone. Just another bit of evidence that JB was unique.
    caitsith01on November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJeff wrote this song for a screenplay he read that turned into an Australian film called "sleepover". I ordered it recently, and I can't wait to see it to see what inspired this song. He also wrote two acoustic instrumental songs for this film. It's supposed to be a coming-of-age film about some young boys growing up.
    mattsaunderson April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sure he drew upon the memory of his friend for the song, but he wrote the song for that movie. He also wrote "Tongue" for that movie. That's one of the instrumental tracks I was talking about.
    mattsaunderson June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the whole tone of this song...it's just perfect
    AlmostFreeSpiriton September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song! love the dark vibe.
    hmanZAon May 08, 2004   Link

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