"Street of Dreams" as written by W. Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson and Paul H. Tobias....
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    General CommentOf course nobody knows for sure except Mr. Rose himself. I think this song, and most of the rest of Chinese Democracy for that matter, is at least in part about the breakup of the original GnR and his resulting isolation and angst.

    "You know I tried so hard to make you
    Oh to make you change your mind"

    According to many sources, not least Slash's autobiography, Axl tried very hard (in vain, ultimately) to make Slash see his vision for what Guns could/should become.

    "And it hurts too much to see you
    And how you left yourself behind
    You know I wouldn't want to be you
    Now there's a hell I can't describe"

    Axl apparently took rise of Grunge (and the resulting fall of hard rock) very hard, and as a result couldn't handle the idea of Guns going back to being a great little rock and roll band. Slash, Izzy, & Duff didn't see it the same way, in fact Izzy is reported to have left for various reasons, but the recurring theme seems to be that he never wanted to be in the biggest band in the world. He didn't think it was cool. He loved it when they were a great little band, playing clubs like the Troubador and The Roxy. Axl wanted to move Guns in a new direction, further away from their blue-infused rock roots, to try and move with the times and keep the mantle of biggest band in the world. So from his point of view, he wouldn't wanna be Slash, who was happy just to be making music that he thought was cool and touring behind it. To attention hungry Axl, that would be a "hell I can't describe".

    "What I thought was beautiful don't live inside of you no more" Axl at least at one time apparently believed that Slash's soul left his body and flew off in a passing crow, on an occasion when Slash overdosed on heroin! Whether or not that was try, seems he's got over it now; Axl, Slash and Duff performed as Guns for the first time since '93 sat the Troubadour on the saturday just gone! I wish he could have gotten over it 20 years ago!

    Songs are more complicated that just being about one thing. It's entirely possible that I'm wrong, or that I'm right and some other interpretations here are right too; songs are usually about more than one thing; so this and the rest of the album could indeed be about long lost loves and the breakup of other relationships (such as with Slash and the original band) and lots of other things.
    robjungleon April 04, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis seems to be Axl's moment in the album where he finally gets over the relationship that has plagued him for all these years (be it Stephanie Seymour, Erin Everly, or some other unknown woman who's broken his heart for the past 15 years).

    He says it very simply in the final verse: "What I thought was beautiful don't live inside of you anymore, it's only memories." I used to love you, but now you're not that person anymore. The person I loved doesn't exist anymore.

    "What this means to me is more than I know you believe" seems to be Axl saying to his former lover (presumably Seymour): "You think I'm such an evil man. You think I don't care, that I'm just some reclusive monster living in his mansion. But you really hurt me and this is my forum to express my pain."

    "What I thought of you, now has cost more than it should for me." This is Axl stating that for years he's labored over this relationship and the pain of it's demise. He's finally realized that he's worried about this shit for far too long: the whole album is about this relationship and it's taken far too long to come out.
    John Koutrison November 23, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a lifetime of trying to block "the one" out of your memory. When Axl speaks down to "the one" he is just trying to kid himself into hating her. The truth is he will always see her in the beautiful things in life and its sucking the life out of axl.
    rockjamdon December 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah what was the point of that Sprite1..
    anyway I think this song is about a girl Axl once loved and lost, but he's saying he's now over her because she's not the person he loved anymore.
    Sweet song..one of my favourites on the new album
    golson567on February 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about Axl's lost innocence, as well as mine.
    Chinese Democracy rocks, like a fine wine.
    OLDMAN420on April 18, 2009   Link
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    My Opinionthis song is all about slash that axl wrote for him..slash love the blues sounding that old gnr are..axl just want to cross it with techno just like more of NIN.. i am so upset that they cant get along with each other..old days are great..life change and so em i..i love guns n roses the old ones..

    from philippines with love..
    mayonaise17on February 19, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationthis sont isnt about past loves of axl or past band members, this song is about axl's miscarriaged baby he had with erin. the lyrics in the song point to that. 'all the love in the world couldnt save you' means he couldve loved that baby no matter what but he couldntve stopped what happened. and the line 'what i thought was beautiful dont live inside of you anymore' means the baby died. thats just my take on it.
    GNR4ever1994on August 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentControversial I know, but This is about axl's biblical readings. Think of it, out loud, as mary speaking to Jesus. The doubts, the wondering what to do. Sounds nuts when I say it, but listen with an open mind (or ask him, I guess..)
    graham1066on October 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song hits so close to home. "What I thought was beautiful is only memories" in particular. It reminds me of a past relationship I had returned to not too long ago and this song is pretty much how I felt about it at the time. Incredible song.
    somnambulanton January 24, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI just think this is one of the most brutal songs ever!
    Assuming that he really is singing to a lover/ girlfriend who seems to think she's made it (reached her dreams) except that it's simply a cocaine addiction! Whoa.
    The link between the drugs and that they are 'her dreams'- but that most people would consider that situation as being in 'the blues'. Yeesh!
    Also that Axl says "You know I wouldn't want to be you, Now there's a hell I can't describe" is just insane!
    Normally we think a song is brutal if it describes graphic violence or has extremely coarse lyrics etc, but the poetic drubbing he dishes out here blows me away!
    Zargothon March 30, 2016   Link

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