Steven Tyler wrote Dream On when he was 17yrs old. He had a lot of wisdom back in the day. He talks about getting old and not knowing where it comes from or where it's...
Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn't that the way
Everybody's got the dues in life to pay

I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life
Is books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and
From sages
You know it's true, oh
All these feelings come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away


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"Dream On" as written by Steven Tyler

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  • +7
    My InterpretationSteven Tyler was 17yrs old when he wrote Dream On. He also had wisdom back in the day. He writes about getting old. And not knowing where it comes from and where it goes, but to just sing with the laughter and the fear. And still after 40yrs it is their signature song.
    peguinon October 06, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is the best Aerosmith song ever. There is such an emotion in Steven's voice that it sends chills down my spine.
    Cheer Up Emo Kidon June 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThere are way to many great Aerosmith songs to comment on, but this has to be one of the best and my favorite, so i chose to comment on it. In regards to Aerosmith as a band, the song was written when they were going through a tough time, albums weren't selling, there music wasen't getting heard, so Steven wrote it telling them to "dream on". To me it means, to not live in the past, live your life to the fullest, what goes around comes around. I think the song holds many different meanings for many different people. Oh and Please don't give any credit to Eminem ...Aerosmith is the best band ever!!!
    AeRoSmItH AnGeLon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentok guys we dont come here to read about how much u love the song, sorry but who cares. we want to know the meaning!
    coolmike29on February 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell... First of all, I'll say that I heard the Eminem cover before the original song (weird to some) and, I dare say I'm not an Eminem fan (quite on the contrary), but the 'chorus' tune caught me right then. And only now, when listening to a newly downloaded playlist 'Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time', I've heard this so familiar tune and I said to myself "shit! that was not eminem song at all! It's Aerosmith!!!" And again... the song got me so deep... As for me, it's always great when I discover for myself some new song like this (old/modern - whatever!)... I'm eager to listen to it for hours!

    As for its meaning, I can say that every song which is worth listening and which meaning is worth discussing so much had been written on the basis of a writer's personal experience... Be that his personal life, his attitude towards something or just his speculations.
    Once, a friend of mine said to me: "dude, to write and compose a song in such an emotionally deep manner you must go through such a situation yourself..."
    And this is exactly one of those songs...
    Of course the author went through a hard time in his life. Otherwise, the song wouldn't have been so great.
    Particularly, I think the song is about never abandoning what a person dreams about. Whatever happens dream on. And of course, according to the chorus it is clear - live for the day. Do everything in time. Never postpone for tomorrow what you can do today. Don't be lazy to do what you really want. Because tomorrow may not come. You can lose the right moment... And be sorry for that for all your life. It's better be sorry for what you have done than to be sorry for what you haven't...
    I think I made myself clear. Thank you :)
    (screaming: DREAM ON!!!)
    Metallic_Anton June 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttrain sucks, aerosmith are goddamn legends
    vortecs10on May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Dream until your dreams come true", I'm not sure if someone actually put up the inspiration behind the song, all I know id Steven Tyler wrote it but I think that quote pretty much sums this up. If you want your dreams to come true you have to follow them until they are a reality.
    Cabrosaon May 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh my lord, Steven Tyler's singing on the scream on part is so fucking incredible. This song more than any other is why he's my favorite vocalist of all time. That he can hit that part EVERY time (even today!) is just infucking credible.
    Consanguinityon July 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningthe meaning is pretty obvious, It's about how time passes by quickly, before you know it you are few days away from death. still unsatisfied with what you have accomplished.

    "And dream until your dream comes true"
    this shows that he still didn't do what he really wants.
    reemouuon May 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFab song, but you need to listen to the version by Ronnie James Dio. Brilliant
    rea12on August 26, 2012   Link

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