"Dream Operator" as written by and David Byrne....
When you were little
You dreamed you were big
You must have been something
A real tiny kid

You wish you were me
I wish I was you
Now don't you wake up
The dream will come true

Every dream has a name
And names tell your story
This song is your dream
You're the dream operator

It's bigger than life
You know it's all me
My face is a book
But it's not what it seems

Three angels above
The whole human race
They dream us to life
They dream me a face

And every dream tells it all
And this dream is your story
You dreamed me a heart
You're the dream operator

Shake-it-up dream
Hi-di-ho dream
Fix-it-up dream
Look at me dream
I've been waiting so long
Now I am your dream

Hard to forget
Hard to go on
When you fall asleep
You're out on your own

Let go of your life
Grab on to my hand
Here in the clouds
Where we'll understand

And you dreamed it all
And this is your story
Do you know who you are?
You're the dream operator

And you dreamed it all
And this is your story
Do you know who you are?
You're the dream operator


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"Dream Operator" as written by David Byrne

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  • +1
    General CommentEveryone should be ashamed for not commenting on this song yet. Hands down, one of their best songs.
    terriblyvexedon April 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt obviously uses the word "dream" to refer to the life of a human being. You yourself are the sole operator of your personal dream.
    ghostspideron October 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, but am having some trouble figuring out the meaning. I was hoping someone would comment...
    HOTlikeAcurryon August 23, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song so much. I'm probably wrong, but it feels like he is writing the song to himself as a child. How his dreams from when he was younger have been finally realized, and he is living his dream.
    instanthorroron September 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI get the idea he is singing this to his own child.
    walterbyrdon March 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe that this song is about someone reflecting on his life and how he got where he is. As a boy, he had many dreams, and now he is living the life he 'dreamed of'. The irony is that, as the lyrics state, as a boy-he wished he was an older version of himself who finally achieved what he was dreaming about - yet, the older version of himself wishes he was younger to dream again.

    The lyrics and tonality of the song suggest that it might be someone nearing the end of his life, reflecting back - and realizing that just like a dream, his life has been so short.

    The lyrics also express that the dream is some form of entity that manifested itself in real life, in the older version of the person. Everyone dreams thousand of dreams, - but as time goes on - living the life you dreamed about, may have been the result of a single dream (and I'm using that term broadly to indicate any hope or vision).

    It's a great song.
    Jimmyaon July 01, 2014   Link
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    General Commentsuch a beautiful song... I think Byrne plays around with words a little but at the same time there´s a deep reflection about nature of dreams: freedom of being whoever or whatever you dream of and at the same time the loneliness of dreaming. At the same time there´s a parallel between dreaming and dying "...let go off your life". I think he´s also commenting on Jorge Luis Borges when he says
    "I've been waiting so long
    Now I am your dream"
    This is just a hint I give you... if you haven´t read Borges look it up and get yourself a book. You´re in for a great time ! ;)
    Shackletonon October 13, 2008   Link

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