World turns black and white
Pictures in an empty room
Your love starts fallin down
Better change your tun, yeah
Reach for the golden ring
Reach for the sky
Baby just spread your wings

We'll get higher and higher
Straight up we'll climb
We'll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind

Run, run, run away
Like a train runnin off the track
Got the truth gets left behind
Falls between the cracks
Standing on broken dreams
Never losin' sight, ah
Spread your wings

We'll get higher and higher
Straight up we'll climb
We'll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind

So baby dry your eyes, save all
The tears you've cried
Oh that's what dreams are made of
'Cause we belong in a world that must be strong
Oh that's what dreams are made of

We'll get higher and higher
Straight up we'll climb
Higher and higher leave it all behind
Oh we'll higher and higher who knows
What we'll find

So baby dry your eyes, save all
The tears you've cried
Oh that's what dreams are made of
Oh baby we belong in a world that must be strong
Oh that's what dreams are made of

And in the end on dreams we will depend
'Cause that's what love is made of


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Dreams Lyrics as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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  • +2
    General Comment

    Agree with Silverdragon. This song is excellent!

    Kamehamehaon July 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    All I can say is that this song is just so beatiful.

    FunkyPunky1on September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think this is one of Van Halens best

    Silverdragon747on April 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This is a damn good song. Unlike many Van Halen songs, this one actually has some good meaning behind it. Even if its simple. Just follow your dreams... don't let anything stop you. But I must admit the video is pretty cheesy. The Blue Angels? I guess it fits with the "Higher, Higher" part. But I dunno. LoL. Whatever. Good song.

    The_Soulon November 08, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    in other words: carpe diem!!!

    Chamigaon January 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I know I’ve heard this many times but the song was just re-introduced to me a few weeks ago. And I have to admit I have not stopped listening to it since.

    This song is just emotionally satisfying. Emotionally attractive. It’s the song that I believe everyone would just love because of the arousing and affecting drive it gives you. It’s not only the lyrics but the way in which it is sung. The raw passion is present in his voice and the song just makes you feel alive. It calls for such a positive reaction. An optimistic feedback of the listener.

    Like Chamiga said… “carpe diem” . It’s the exact conclusion that everyone should make after listening to this song. Live life to the fullest. Dream big. “Spread your wings” “Reach for the sky” Leave behind those obstacles and struggles.

    The problem with this song is you completely become encompassed within the lyrics and within the emotion of his voice that you will not stop listening to the song. At least that is what happened to me. Problem is…you can not over-listen to this song. It’s like a Phoenix, that beautiful, fierce bird that is re-born every thousand of years. That’s what this song reminds me of. It’s beautiful and fierce but you cannot over-listen to it or it ruins the effect of the song. I feel like I need to be re-introduced to this song every few years and not over play it. I might be over-analyzing the meaning and effect of this song…actually I know I am. But this song is just worth getting obsessed over.

    steel07on July 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    This song is about never giving up. You can achieve your dreams, but you MUST work for them, and build upon your failures and hardships. Victory is not won without an accumulation of failures. "Save all the tears you've cried..." and "We belong in a world that must be strong..." "THAT's what dreams are made of." Dreams are made of strength and tears. Of having the strength to keep pushing, despite all the setbacks and failures (and "broken dreams" that we're standing on - STAND on them, don't fall on them). You must accumulate failures and hardship(broken dreams and tears), and have the strength to keep going, if you want to achieve your dreams. That and love (in the broadest sense - of each other, and of life itself) is made of dreams, both realized and achieved.

    Yes, this is Van Halen's best song. It's a positive, inspirational message, it rocks and pumps you up, and the vocals are clear and concise. The latter is why I prefer Hagar to Roth. There's no vocal buffoonery necessary to keep the song going.

    therobidentityon April 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song means the world to me. Not for any musical reason, just a certain time and place that I heard it with a special someone. Thanks Paula@FLW

    jules4099on May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    to me i see this as a street fighting song.

    its rhythimic, its adrendaline pumping, and the guitar solos kick ass

    Mr. Badguy0077on November 10, 2004   Link
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    A woman and a man are dreaming of one another. Then in the end their dreams will all come true and they will fly high together--4-ever.

    passion4musicon January 19, 2005   Link

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