"Dreaming of 4000" as written by and Jeff / Lynne....
Saviour of the night came slowly on the silent river
And the lord of life came following, his sins to be forgiven
While the world sat back and laughed away the hours
Till the dawning of the daybreak

I heard them laugh I heard them cry
I saw them praying to the sky
I heard the wind howl in the trees
Down there on bended knee
And I see the light
But I know I must be dreaming

Feel the soul, quiet emotion
Sail on by, helpless devotion
If that's how it feels, it better be real

Take care of your woman
Or you'll never ever see the light
Take heed of the warnin'
Or you know it's gonna be too late

Here, there, everywhere
They keep on movin' without fear
They look me up, they look me down
They press my body to the ground
But I see the light, see the light it's comin' shinin'

And on a summers day
When thoughts are drifting far away
And life is good and real to see
My world is saved and I am free
But in the night
Still I know I must be dreaming

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"Dreaming of 4000" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentThe bit about taking care of women could almost come from another song, methinks.
    Thanasimoson February 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis album is where you can clearly see Jeff Lynne idolizing Beatles music. While this song has several tempo changes and is quite theatrical, it now feels like the paintbox from where later works sprang.
    boombudon January 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I get an image of a ritual at Stonehenge on the summer solstice sunrise. The savior of the night quietly approaches the holy place by the river. The pace of the music picks up and the ecstatic ritual begins. "Take care of your woman." Protect her from the stag king in the fertility ritual. (Yeah I know that's Beltane) "Take heed of the warning" Beware the cautions of pagan religion. The singer becomes the savior of the night as "they look me up, they look me down, they press my body to the ground." His sacrifice is about to become real, but he sees the light, and it turns out to be a dream.
    pamvaon June 21, 2016   Link

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