A million old soldiers will fade away
But a dream goes on forever
I'm left standing here, I've got nothing to say
All is silent within my dream

A thousand true loves will live and die
But a dream lives on forever
The days and the years will go streaking by
But the time has stopped in my dream

We all have our everyday hopes and fears
And you'll find no exception in me
But that doesn't get me through a sea of tears
Over life's biggest tragedy

You're so long ago and so far away
But my dream lives on forever
I guess I believe that I'll see you one day
For without it there is no dream

You're so far away and so long ago
But my dream goes on forever
And how much I loved you you'll never know
'Til you join me within my dream

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    General Comment

    Great tune. classic Rundgren

    JustAnotherOnionHeadon April 07, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    A love that was cut short or lost abruptly. and time has changed things (life) That love will never be the same, just only in your dreams, but it will last for an eternity.

    S3v3nson November 03, 2006   Link
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    This song was released during my junior year of high school at about the same time I fell totally "in love at 1st sight" with a beautiful "out of my league-sweet sixteen" blonde. Who had transferred from another school.

    Anyway, for some reason she seemed to have an interest in me also, however anytime I had an opportunity to talk to her I would freeze up and I later found out she already had a boyfriend, who she soon married, than divorced soon after.

    A couple of years after graduating I discovered she was working at the local hardware store. Once again, froze like a deer caught in the headlights when I had an opportunity to talk. If I had I probably would have found out she had gotten divorced and maybe an acutal chance of asking her out. BUT NOOO!!!

    Several months later, I'm at a small party date less of course and guess who comes in with a new boyfriend.

    The only good thing about it was that I had a few drinks and we were actually able to have a conversation that night. And I was able to let her know in a round about way (which she already knew) how I felt about her.

    I believe she ended up marrying her new boyfriend.

    Anyway, one of many great songs by Todd.

    That song will always remind me of Cathy W.

    topher57on March 15, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    I think this song is about a guy dreaming and wishing he was still with his girlfriend.

    dakine_2006on December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I fell in love with a man in 1985. I was engaged to someone else because I felt pressured by my family. I married him in 1986. My true love contacted me in 1993. We eventually began a secret affair that lasted until his wife discovered it in 2010. He was a huge Rundgren fan. We listened to this many times. And although we're not together, I know he still dreams of me and I dream of him.

    Kathymariekerron January 28, 2020   Link
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    General Comment

    I believe someday we will be together.

    Kathymariekerron January 28, 2020   Link
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    Song Meaning

    I write lyrics myself and love to read and analyze great Rock & Pop songs and guess at the writers intent. I used to write for a music magazine years ago too. So for what it's worth, here's my humble opinion. I believe without question that Todd is writing about someone he loved very much that has passed away. The most obvious indicator that a loved one has died is the lyric: "But that doesn't get me through a sea of tears, over life's biggest tragedy." Death is lifes biggest tragedy. One could argue that it's about the death of a love relationship. A valid point, but I think Todd is being more specific than that. There's the line: "I guess I believe that I'll see you one day, for without it there is no dream." To me that implies that they're going to be re-united in a better place. Finally, the opening piano & organ chords mirror the music of a graduation ceremony. Lyrically and Musically, It's a brilliant composition.

    BatmanBon December 02, 2022   Link

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