"Made-Up Dreams" as written by and Doug Martsch....
These thoughts are old
Let's keep it cold
Dry lines on me
Dry history

That stupid sound
That awful feel
Don't bring them down
And it never will
No it never will
No it never will
No it never will

Hard to believe
That after all this time
That after all this I'm
Still me

No one wants to hear
What you dreamt about unless you dreamt about them
Don't let that stop you
Tell them anyway
And you can make it up as you go
I'm already gone now
You were outside just waiting
I'm already nothing
You just noticed me fading
It takes a lot to make me crazy
And a lot is always going on

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"Made up Dreams" as written by Doug Martsch

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    General CommentNo one has commented on "no one wants to hear what you dreamt about unless you dreamt about them don't let that stop you/ tell them anyway and you can make it up as you go"!? Come on, this is cool shit. Granted Doug Martsch contends none of this is chosen for meaning, only for sound and phonetics, but songs like this are proof in the pudding Built To Spill have the arrangements--and the sentiment.
    Eli_Cashon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhen i hear the line,

    "That stupid sound
    That awful feel
    Don't bring them down
    And it never will
    No, it never will"

    i always think about the song "i would hurt a fly" and the lyrics, "i can't get that sound you make out of my my head." and how he uses the "sound" element in both songs and i wonder if it just refers to the same thing...
    kelsey3671on March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the composition of this song, the way it starts off really quite and builds up to a beautiful crescendo, and it's got such amazing lyrics too. Love it.
    Javanon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful
    Ocean Soulon February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the "It takes a lot to make me crazy, and alot is always going on" line, great song.
    Emergency&Meon February 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove how it builds from cynicism to optimism to realization
    suclid003on April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentholy shit. this song is beyond fucking amazing. built to spill = love
    cowboyxkaileyon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk. "Dryology?"
    johnxon June 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentEver notice how the last notes of this song foreshadow the next? It's the same motif as the "You thought of everything..." part of "Velvet Waltz". Like kelsey3671 noted about "sound", and Velvet Waltz's "killing in the sun" and "left it in the sun" followed later by the song "Kicked it in the Sun". Lots of interconnections on this album.
    stoneo68on June 28, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that several songs on Perfect From Now On interconnect; this one, in my opinion, is with I Would Hurt A Fly.

    IWHAF is about an annoying problem he sees with the world that's like a fly, going unnoticed by, he feels, everyone.

    I believe this is either that annoying problem, or, perhaps, just a more specific one that he sees independent of I Would Hurt A Fly. Now let me explain my own interpretation of the song.

    1st verse: He's saying there's no novelty in his life anymore, specifically in an intellectual sense. No one has any new thoughts and so things have become dry.

    2nd verse: "that stupid sound" is what made me think of IWHAF. Here he's saying that he hates this dryness that he sees in everyone. It makes him sick but others don't seem to be bothered, and he feels they never will.

    3rd verse: He feels uncomfortable in his own skin. its hard for him to believe this has happened to him.

    4th verse: he feels people are self centered and uninterested, even in things there's no way they could know about, (dreams are always novel because we experience them individually). I think there's some truth to the literal meaning of the verse, but on a deeper level I think he's saying that lies have become the only way to entertain those people. they are only interested in fantastical things they might be a part of, dreams or otherwise.

    5th verse: IMO this is him saying again that nobody notices this blandness in themselves, or the fact that it really has been pushing him away. It has made him crazy and perhaps changed who he is.
    TinyDancer1on August 21, 2011   Link

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