When I live my dream, I'll take you with me
Riding on a golden horse
We'll live within my castle, with people there to serve you
Happy at the sound of your voice

Baby, I'll slay a dragon for you
Or banish wicked giants from the land
But you will find, that nothing in my dream can hurt you
We will only love each other as forever when I live my dream

When I live my dream, I'll forgive the things you've told me
And the empty man you left behind
It's a broken heart that dreams, it's a broken heart you left me
Only love can live in my dream

I'll wish, and the thunder clouds will vanish
Wish, and the storm will fade away
Wish again, and you will stand before me while the sky will paint an ouverture
And trees will play the rhythm of my dream

When I live my dream, please be there to meet me
Let me be the one to understand
When I live my dream, I'll forget the hurt you gave
Then we can live in our new land

Till the day my dream cascades around me
I'm content to let you pass me by
Till that day, you'll run to many other men
But let them know it's just for now
Tell them that I've got a dream
And tell them you're the starring role
Tell them I'm a dreaming kind of guy
And I'm gonna make my dream
Tell them I will live my dream
Tell them they can laugh at me
But don't forget your date with me
When I live my dream

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"When I Live My Dream" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentThis is about a passive man who's too busy fantasizing about his ideal life with the woman he's in love with to actually make it a reality.
    SolitaryMalevolenton July 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song paints so much emotion and imagery. The arrangement is incredible, and Bowie really sings this to heart. This also speaks for the lyrics, painted in a medieval setting, a man speaks of a dream where he takes his love along with and she is held at the highest honor, because he loves her so. Slaying a dragon describes that he would do anything for her. Interesting choice of words "When I live my dream" meaning it has not happened yet, but when this dream does arrive "the memory of the empty man you left behind, its a broken heart that dreams, its a broken heart you left me" signifies that he has a broken heart in reality but in his dream he is in love, and that when he lives his dream that "the trees will play the rhythm of my dream", and all is forgiven, that she is the starring roll. Until that day arrives, he is content to let her go. He wants his lady to tell all the men she will be going to see that it is temporary, that she is part of someones dream. At a personal level, this song is huge. I love and live for that dream.
    rweckerton March 03, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis song just makes me happy....anyone else hear the resemblance to Angel of The Morning?
    ziggytwigon May 03, 2016   Link

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