"Dream On" as written by Carole Bayer Sager, Frannie Golde and Dennis Mayoff....
Can you feel a little love

As your bony fingers close around me
Long and spindly death becomes me
Heaven can you see what I see

Hey you pale and sickly child
You're death and living reconciled
Been walking home a crooked mile

Paying debt to karma you party for a living
What you take won't kill you
But careful what you're giving

There's no time for hesitating
Pain is ready, pain is waiting
Primed to do it's educating

Unwanted, uninvited kin
It creeps beneath your crawling skin
It lives without it lives within you

Feel the fever coming you're shaking and twitching
You can scratch all over
But that won't stop you itching

Can you feel a little love
Can you feel a little love
Dream on dream on

Blame it on your karmic curse
Or shame upon the universe
It knows its lines, it's well rehearsed

It sucked you in, it dragged you down
To where there is no hallow ground
Where holiness is never found

Paying debt to karma you party for a living
What you take won't kill you
But careful what you're giving

Can you feel a little love
Can you feel a little love
Dream on, dream on

Can you feel a little love
Can you feel a little love
Dream on, dream on

Dream on, dream on
Dream on, dream on


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"Dream On" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +6
    General CommentLike in many others of Martin's songs this one, too, is about the ambiguity and difficulty of coping with the most fundamental human emotions and needs.

    It's about the longing to feel alive even if you ruin your health by the means you use in the course of it. It's about the desperate need to receive love and affection and the deep fear of being turned away. So you're not daring to open yourself to someone, to give something in return. Desire comes like a sickness over you because of the moral implications, the implanted guilt in you.

    Like in a self-fulfilling prophecy you expect to get hurt and so you act in a (self-)destructive way that allows no other outcome. But feeling pain seems to be better than feeling nothing at all. Thus instead of pursuing your own free will or dreams you yield to something you call fate (or karma in this case). You're like a martyr for your own philosophy - it's pointless.

    After all this you're then left with one last question that may lead you out of your gloomy existence: Are you still able to feel that bit of love, to live that bit of dream that will keep you alive and give you at least the hope on happiness? Or do you settle in your darkness, find some modus vivendi.

    Sounds depressive? Well, it's Depeche. But I think in many people's lives you will find aspects of those conflicts Martin's songs describe. Love is a many splintered thing.
    licdamicon August 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an awesome song. It's got a wonderful beat to it. The lyrics are so freakin powerful too. "Blame it on your karmic curse, oh shame upon the universe. It knows it's lines; it's well rehearsed..." :nod:
    wlraider_girlieon September 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think bana had it right. Martin writes the songs, and it seems to me that this song is perfect for Dave Gahan... Remember how his habit nearly did him in?
    He was dead for 2 minutes.
    Certain lines in this song probably refer to withdrawl too.

    Feel the fever coming
    You're shaking and twitching
    You can scratch all over
    But that won't stop you itching
    Nexus7on July 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it seems like the narrator is sort of being snide towards someone- maybe someone who he's looking at from outside a situation, and telling the person they have to change what they're doing because they're ruining their life in a number of ways.
    Dagnyon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you completely, Dagny. This song is one of my favorites of theirs.
    Astrumon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is gonna be a classic, not their best but a GREAT song...
    nsjdogon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is totally about someone else's drug use and how it's affecting him "Hey you pale and sickly child
    You're death and living reconciled
    Been walking home a crooked mile" and how the person probably contracted HIV "Paying debt to karma
    You party for a living
    What you take won't kill you
    But careful what you're giving"
    banaon March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think so...
    "What you take won't kill you / But carefull what you're giving"
    He's not worried about this person's drug use.. it's his or her sexual... I dunno, openness? that he's concerned about.
    themopo976on March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthemopo976: maybe it's a combination of the two, the drugs may lead to sexual promiscuity which could lead to the contraction of an STD, which could in turn be given to the next partner. but i do firmly believe that this song is about drug abuse, most likely heroin because of the insinuations made by the lyrics
    banaon July 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the uhmmm
    its like sexy
    and bitching
    dulcitablueon January 17, 2006   Link

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