"#9 Dream" as written by and John Lennon....
So long ago
Was it in a dream?
Was it just a dream?
I know, yes I know
It seemed so very real
Seemed so real to me

Took a walk down the street
Through the heat whispered trees
I thought I could hear
Hear
Hear
Hear

Somebody call out my name (John)
As it started to rain
Two spirits dancing so strange
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse

Dream, dream away
Magic in the air
Was magic in the air?
I believe, yes I believe
More I cannot say
What more can I say?

On a river of sound
Through the mirror go round, round
I thought I could feel
Feel
Feel
Feel
Music touching my soul
Something warm, sudden cold
The spirit dance was unfolding
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse
Ah! Bowakawa, pousse pousse


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"#9 Dream" as written by John Lennon

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  • +2
    General CommentbAwakawa means "situation" or "case" in Japanese

    So Lennon is probably saying with "b'wakawa pousse" "the situation pushes." Which would be an indirect/clever way of saying "the plot thickens".
    AquariaTXon September 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI have always felt that this was a dream by Lennon. If you heard that facts that came out after his death it would appear that this song tells the story of his death. As in all dreams, not everything matches up.

    Took a walk down the street (Lennon was walking on the street towards his apartment)
    Thru the heat whispered trees (Late at night-less noise in NYC. A mild night for December)
    I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
    Somebody call out my name as it started to rain (Chapman calls out Lennon's' name)

    On a river of sound (Four gunshots)
    Thru the mirror go round, round (I had read one time that as Lennon was hit he spun from the bullets)
    I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
    Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold (As he passed the music touched his soul-his blood would have made him feel something warm and as he went into shock and passed he would have felt sudden cold)
    The spirit dance was unfolding (a dance was coming to an end that had started earlier in the day betwwen Chapman and Lennon)

    Just my opinion but I have always felt that Lennon dream t his own passing and wrote it in this song.
    LimeGreenSezon December 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is better than imagine.
    Shellsmashedxbox360on April 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell does Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé mean?? kinda sounds like something being played backwards...
    cowyowon December 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn sings the foreign-sounding phrase "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé" in his song "#9 Dream." According to John, it doesn't mean anything...it is just a phrase that came to him in a dream and he decided to base a song around it. Artists are funny that way.
    from bagism.com/…
    thebosslemuron January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I know that poussé is French for 'pushed,' but I have no idea what böwakawa means.
    LovelyRita24on August 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought that the whole term #9 Dream is referring to the beatle's song Revolution Nine, which is basically eight minutes of "Number Nine... Number Nine... Number Nine..." in an erie manner.
    scimitar_255on December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwats with all these songs sounding so peaceful yet eerie. it puts u in a trance. i like the magical way it sounds thru

    Two spirits dancing so strange

    Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé

    ....odd but nice... any1 get me?
    JessicaJayneon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor me, the song is about some lingering memory, dream or feeling. Intangible, but present.

    "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé" is just syntax without sematics - nice sounding words without meaning.

    Also, I checked the female whispering voice in the background during the line "Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold". It's the same voice as during "Somebody call out my name as it started to rain" saying the same thing, "John", but this time backwards. I assume it's Yoko.
    emilkon February 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOoh and scimitar_255: Don't get fooled by the #9 part, this song is not about Revolution #9 (afaik). The number nine was just a number John Lennon liked (obsessed about, if you want). Some say this is due to his birthday being on October 9.
    emilkon February 24, 2006   Link

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