Every time that I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dusk to dawn
Isn't that the way?
Everybody's got the dues in life to pay, yeah

I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody's sin
You've got to lose to know how to win

Half my life's in books' written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it's true, oh
All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream until the dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream until your dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream on, oh

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tear
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by G1endon

Dream On Lyrics as written by Steven Tyler

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Dream On song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

149 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +15
    My Interpretation

    Steven Tyler was 17yrs old when he wrote Dream On. He also had wisdom back in the day. He writes about getting old. And not knowing where it comes from and where it goes, but to just sing with the laughter and the fear. And still after 40yrs it is their signature song.

    peguinon October 06, 2012   Link
  • +9
    General Comment

    This is the best Aerosmith song ever. There is such an emotion in Steven's voice that it sends chills down my spine.

    Cheer Up Emo Kidon June 13, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Well... First of all, I'll say that I heard the Eminem cover before the original song (weird to some) and, I dare say I'm not an Eminem fan (quite on the contrary), but the 'chorus' tune caught me right then. And only now, when listening to a newly downloaded playlist 'Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time', I've heard this so familiar tune and I said to myself "shit! that was not eminem song at all! It's Aerosmith!!!" And again... the song got me so deep... As for me, it's always great when I discover for myself some new song like this (old/modern - whatever!)... I'm eager to listen to it for hours!

    As for its meaning, I can say that every song which is worth listening and which meaning is worth discussing so much had been written on the basis of a writer's personal experience... Be that his personal life, his attitude towards something or just his speculations. Once, a friend of mine said to me: "dude, to write and compose a song in such an emotionally deep manner you must go through such a situation yourself..." And this is exactly one of those songs... Of course the author went through a hard time in his life. Otherwise, the song wouldn't have been so great. Particularly, I think the song is about never abandoning what a person dreams about. Whatever happens dream on. And of course, according to the chorus it is clear - live for the day. Do everything in time. Never postpone for tomorrow what you can do today. Don't be lazy to do what you really want. Because tomorrow may not come. You can lose the right moment... And be sorry for that for all your life. It's better be sorry for what you have done than to be sorry for what you haven't... I think I made myself clear. Thank you :) (screaming: DREAM ON!!!)

    Metallic_Anton June 02, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    There are way to many great Aerosmith songs to comment on, but this has to be one of the best and my favorite, so i chose to comment on it. In regards to Aerosmith as a band, the song was written when they were going through a tough time, albums weren't selling, there music wasen't getting heard, so Steven wrote it telling them to "dream on". To me it means, to not live in the past, live your life to the fullest, what goes around comes around. I think the song holds many different meanings for many different people. Oh and Please don't give any credit to Eminem ...Aerosmith is the best band ever!!!

    AeRoSmItH AnGeLon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    "Dream until your dreams come true", I'm not sure if someone actually put up the inspiration behind the song, all I know id Steven Tyler wrote it but I think that quote pretty much sums this up. If you want your dreams to come true you have to follow them until they are a reality.

    Cabrosaon May 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    ok guys we dont come here to read about how much u love the song, sorry but who cares. we want to know the meaning!

    coolmike29on February 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song totally kicks ass, I love Aerosmith

    twisteron January 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is the true Aerosmith, when they were young and wrote and sung how they felt. This song has really gaven me a lot of hope whenever I've felt down, because you can always Dream On... and nobody can take that away from you.

    j0hnon August 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i think this is the one song i could listen to forever and never get tired of it

    midnightmareon October 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    the meaning is pretty obvious, It's about how time passes by quickly, before you know it you are few days away from death. still unsatisfied with what you have accomplished.

    "And dream until your dream comes true" this shows that he still didn't do what he really wants.

    reemouuon May 27, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Mental Istid
Ebba Grön
This is one of my favorite songs. https://fnfgo.io
Album art
Holiday
Bee Gees
@[Diderik:33655] "Your a holiday!" Was a popular term used in the 50s/60s to compliment someone on their all around. For example, not only are they beautiful, but they are fun and kind too ... just an all around "holiday". I think your first comment is closer to being accurate. The singer/song writers state "Millions of eyes can see, yet why am i so blind!? When the someone else is me, its unkind its unkind". I believe hes referring to the girl toying with him and using him. He wants something deeper with her, thats why he allows himself to be as a puppet (even though for her fun and games) as long as it makes her happy. But he knows deep down that she doesnt really want to be serious with him and thats what makes him.
Album art
Magical
Ed Sheeran
How would you describe the feeling of being in love? For Ed Sheeran, the word is “Magical.” in HIS three-minute album opener, he makes an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of true love with words. He describes the magic of it all over a bright Pop song produced by Aaron Dessner.
Album art
American Town
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran shares a short story of reconnecting with an old flame on “American Town.” The track is about a holiday Ed Sheeran spends with his countrywoman who resides in America. The two are back together after a long period apart, and get around to enjoying a bunch of fun activities while rekindling the flames of their romance.
Album art
Page
Ed Sheeran
There aren’t many things that’ll hurt more than giving love a chance against your better judgement only to have your heart crushed yet again. Ed Sheeran tells such a story on “Page.” On this track, he is devastated to have lost his lover and even more saddened by the feeling that he may never move on from this.