Spare a little candle
Save some light for me
Figures up ahead
Moving in the trees
White skin in linen
Perfume on my wrist
And the full moon that hangs over
These dreams in the mist

Darkness on the edge
Shadows where I stand
I search for the time
On a watch with no hands
I want to see you clearly
Come closer than this
But all I remember
Are the dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

Is it cloak 'n' dagger
Could it be spring or fall
I walk without a cut
Through a stained glass wall
Weaker in my eyesight
The candle in my grip
And words that have no form
Are falling from my lips

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

There's something out there
I can't resist
I need to hide away from the pain
There's something out there
I can't resist

The sweetest song is silence
That I've ever heard
Funny how your feet
In dreams never touch the earth
In a wood full of princes
Freedom is a kiss
But the prince hides his face
From dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away


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These Dreams Lyrics as written by Martin George Page Bernie Taupin

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment

    The song's lyrics were written by Bernie! (yes, that Bernie that wrote almost all of Elton John's songs!) It was written about escape from the realities of life. Specifically he has said it was about escaping childhood to adolescent abuse from his father (a big homophobe!) in dreams! There became a time when he only wanted to live in his dream worlds and considered not living in his reality world. I'm personally so glad that such a gifted writer survived and brought the world so very much beautiful music! So many kids facing the issues of being gay and abusive parents go through with suicide, luckily Bernie found his path past that time!

    It Gets Better

    Scotty

    scottyboydon November 23, 2017   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    First off I believe that the over all background of the song is about things we dream of in dreams rather weird, fantasy,or fairytale. In this song she took the fairytale approach ,and added somewhat of a mystery (but lots of this is self explanatory).Let's look at the following :

    Spare a little candle Save some light for me

    ( They are in mid evil times ,because there using candles)

    Figures up ahead moving in the trees

    ( In dreams commonly there are things that chase us, also she could be setting a feel for the song,place,and time she's in).

    White skin in linen perfume on my wrist

    (Also this is what she was dressed in.She could be playing the part of a princess in her dream that needs to be saved by a prince who she can only kinda see in her dreams,and there are shadows ,and things keeping her from being free).

    And the full moon that hangs over These dreams in the mist Darkness on the edge Shadows where I stand

    ( She's telling a story here,and setting the foundation )

    I search for the time on a watch with no hands

    ( This could mean that she's looking for more time, that she can't never seem to find ,since she's dreaming there could be lots of delusion )

    I want to see you clearly Come closer than this But all that I remember Are the dreams in the mist

    ( Self explanatory) - See can't see him as he is ,until the 2nd verse where she finally tell us he's a prince.

    These dreams go on when I close my eyes Every second of the night, I live another life These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside Every moment I'm awake, the further I'm away

    ( So those are the dreams she dream every nite,it's as if she lives another life. Every moment she's awake in the real world the further away from her other dream life she is.)

    Is it cloak and dagger, could it be spring or fall I walk without a cut through a stained glass wall

    ( In a dream it is what you make it,you can change the weather or walk through things without getting hurt. )

    weaker in my eyesight, the candle in my grip And words that have no form Are falling from my lips

    ( She could be so scared ,it's dark she has a candle .She may not know what to speak,so she's stumbling over her words )

    These dreams go on when I close my eyes Every second of the night, I live another life These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside Every moment I'm awake, the further I'm away ( REpeat)

    There's something out there I can't resist I need to hide away from the pain There's something out there I can't resist

    ( She knows there's something out there,someone out there,she can't see it,and she's scared of it so she feels the need to run from it. She can't resist.)

    The sweetest song is silence that I've ever heard

    ( Out of all the songs she's ever heard silence is the best.)

    It's funny how your feet in dreams never touch the earth

    (Of course your feet never touch the earth,because your dreaming. )

    In a wood full of princes freedom is a kiss But the prince hides his face from dreams in the mist

    ( This is were she finally tells us that it is a prince,and that his kiss is like freedom, and that he is the one in the first verse who was hiding his face,That she couldn't see in the mist.)

    These dreams go on when I close my eyes Every second of the night, I live another life These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside Every moment I'm awake, the further I'm away (repeat)

    These dreams go on when I close my eyes Every second of the night, I live another life These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside Every moment I'm awake, the further I'm away (repeat)

    And that's my interpretation it's a great story,mixed with great emotion,and thought. Great thing about this song is you can interpreted,and conform it into your on thought,and imagination.

    <3 - R.W. Rain Pebble

    MsInterpret22on October 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    LOL I think my fave line is "I walk without a cut through a stained glass wall" but I have always seen stained glass as glorious and beautiful and perhaps almost spiritual when the light shines through it......

    MayorMenleyon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    good song.......... nancy wilson is still fucking hotttttttttt.

    absent124on July 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I have a recording of a "Supergroups In Concert" where she changes the lyrics a tiny bit. Instead of "White skin, in linen" she says "White skin, black leather".

    Jetfire59on August 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "I search for the time on a watch with no hands"

    "Is it cloak and dagger, could it be spring or fall? I walk without a cut through a stained glass wall"

    These two lines are the best lines/metaphors in this entire song, and they pretty much explain the whole song. Basically, Nancy is trying to interpret her dreams. She probably doesn't even know what they truly mean herself. Anything can happen in dreams. You can be anyone, do anything, and your mind can edit anything because dreams aren't real.

    To me, "I search for the time on a watch with no hands", means dreams are timeless. The timeline in your dreams can go for decades when, in reality, you've only been sleeping or day dreaming for a few hours. OR it can also mean you want more. You want that dream to go on forever because it's so good. Everyone's had that dream that's so amazing, but then you wake up and it's gone.

    "Is it cloak and dagger, could it be spring or fall? I walk without a cut through a stained glass wall." This line describes how your mind creates a dream. 'What am I wearing? What am I doing? Where am I? What's the setting like? What can I do or what am I capable of doing?' The answer is anything because it's a dream. I don't think Nancy Wilson is trying to further people's understandings of her own dreams, but she's trying to describe dreams in general. I think she's trying to let us know that when you dream, it's like a completely different world.

    SMooTHcriminaL11on April 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this line "I search for the time on a watch with no hands" So it has to be a digital watch!

    Onlineon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I understand everyone's thoughts here, and I too wanna believe that this is a good song. But what's the story here? What do these metaphors mean?

    Ultimate Panopticonon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    My favorite line is "The sweetest song is silence that I've ever heard". I love Nancy's raspy voice on this song.

    Zepfreakon January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song is about having a crush on someone without them knowing, be it a real person you know, or someone who you've never met before such as Mr. Perfect, and in dreaming is the only contact and memories you have with that person. I'm only coming to that conclusion because I'm currently in that position and it makes a lot of sense, lol.

    jenNjuice84on October 17, 2010   Link

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