"New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)" as written by Charles Burchill, Derek Forbes, James Kerr and Michael Joseph Macneil....
New gold dream
She is the one in front of me, the siren and the ecstasy
New gold dream
Crashing beats and fantasy, setting sun in front of me
New gold dream
And the world goes hot
And the cities take
And the beat goes crashing
All along the way

She is your friend until the ocean breaks
And when you dream, dream in the dream with me
And when you dream, dream in the dream with me
81 - 82 - 83 - 84
81 - 82 - 83 - 84

New gold dream
Sun is set in front of me, worldwide on the widest screen
New gold dream
Burning bridge and ecstasy, crashing beats and fantasy
Dream in the dream with
And the world goes hot
And the cities take
And the beat goes crashing
All along the way

She is your only friend until the ocean breaks

And when you dream, dream in the dream with me
And when we dream, dream in the dream with me
81 - 82 - 83 - 84
81 - 82 - 83 - 84

New gold dream
The siren and the ecstasy, she's the one in front of me
New gold dream


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"New Gold Dream" as written by Derek Forbes Charles Burchill

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  • +2
    General CommentThat's a pretty big assumption. Actually, the really funny thing about the early to mid 80's is that MOST groups, especially new wave and euro avant garde poseur music bands, did NOT do drugs! They were creative on their own. I guess you had to be there (and NOT do drugs and actually remember those times).
    Podengoon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti was there Pedengo and it was all about imagery and creativity. Jim Kerr had experimented with plenty drugs during his reign of hit supremacy. This song always motivated me in sports and school at the time and thinking of my dreams and ambitions in life.
    raymondsnorkon August 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics don't mean anything specifically, but are like another instrument. I read a Bono quote about Simple Minds being trance music pioneers. This is early trance music before it was called that, which has an hypnotic effect, electronic music with a melodic bassline that later would be associated with drug use, but not at his time, I don't think. Without the lyrics it would be a bit like 'Theme for Great Cities' on the previous 'Sons and Fascination' double album.
    IntravenusDeMiloon September 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJim believes one of the reasons he is still at the top of his GAME is that he is a teetotal vegetarian who has always shunned drugs.

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    dávid1000on October 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anybody know what this song talks about ? I think about a sort of madness, or strange feelings we have when we dream (or are on drugs???).
    vanecxon October 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lead singer once said in a biography or article that I read, that there was no specific meaning to the songs of that time...only imagery. He chose lyrics for how they sounded, not what they meant.

    So, yes...they are a little like a madness or dream. I don't think it was drug induced though. There has never been any correlation between the band members and drugs to hit the media.
    SacrificialNewton January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's a pretty big assumption. Actually, the really funny thing about the early to mid 80's is that MOST groups, especially new wave and euro avant garde poseur music bands, did NOT do drugs! They were creative on their own. I guess you had to be there (and NOT do drugs and actually remember those times).
    Podengoon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe lyrics to this album are only meant as images. If you read them as a "poem", I suppose its either about a couple in love or a couple having a drug trip.
    TopTonyChickon September 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJim Kerr has said in multiple interviews that during the writing of New Gold Dream he, for the first time since forming SM, felt like they were achieving success and had reached actual star-status. If you go back to songs from previous albums, Sons/Sisters particularly, his lyrics hinted at notes of pessimism and doubt. New Gold Dream is about success in the music industry. The 'she' he is referring to is fame. The Years " '81,'82, '83, '84" refer to the number of years (albums) they had signed on to record with Virgin, THE label you wanted to record under in the early '80s. It's funny that the same fame which inspired these lyrics out of Kerr was also responsible for the departure of Brian McGee who regarded the fame and touring as a hassle.
    ImRaelon July 13, 2018   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThe New Gold Dream album is about drug. See The Big Sleep lyrics especially. I think this is about beeing on drugs. And I am sure the band did try some stuff.. like everyone then.
    pierrenyorkon April 07, 2007   Link

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