Dreams

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (Track #2)
Duration: 4:32

LYRICS

Oh my life
Is changing everyday
In every possible way

And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

I know I’ve felt like this before
But now I’m feeling it even more
Because it came from you

Then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be

La la-a-ya-a lalala la-a-ya-a ya-a-a-a

I want more
Impossible to ignore
Impossible to ignore

And they’ll come true
Impossible not to do
Impossible not to do

And now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don’t hurt me
You’re what I couldn’t find

A totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You’re everything to me

Oh my life
Is changing everyday
In every possible way

And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Cause you’re a dream to me, dream to me

La-a la-a-lala-a la-a-a-a la-a-a-a la-a
La-a la-a-lala-a la-a-a-a la-a-a-a la-a

La-a la-a-lala-a la-a-a-a la-a-a-a la-a
La-a la-a-lala-a la-a-a-a la-a-a-a la-a

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by Noel Hogan & Dolores O’ Riordan
Lyrics Dolores O’ Riordan
Backing vocals and additional sounds by Mike Mahoney
Produced and Engineered by Stephen Street
Additional Engineering by Aiden McGovern at Windmill Studios
Mixed at Maison Rouge, Fulham, London
Published by Island Music Ltd 1993

MEANING

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NOTES

  • “Dreams” is the 1st single of the album and was released in 1992.
  • A different studio version produced by Jim Lockhart was recorded in 1991 for the Dave Fanning Show. This version remains commercially unreleased.
  • Fergal: “I Remember when we were writing it, Noel brought in the chords and as soon as it started I said, ‘This is different’. The demo isn’t really that different from what ended up on the album, the album version is a bit more poppy, a bit more uptempo. Around that time we were listening a lot to Peter Gabriel’s Passion album and a lot of world music. That was definitely an influence on that song.” (interview given to Hot Press, in a “Cranberries Special” in November 2002)
  • Noel: “‘Dreams’ was one of the early ones, as well. It’s probably, I don’t know, maybe about the fourth or fifth song […] but it was one of the early songs. Again it was just a very simple tune that we came up with and it just kind of came together really quick.
  • There are 3 versions of the video.
  • The song was played in many tv series or movies:
    – Milk Money (1994)
    – The Next Karate Kid (1994)
    – Radio Inside (1994)
    – My So-Called Life season 1 episode #3 (1995)
    – Beverly Hills, season 5 episode #24 “Unreal World” (1995)
    – Back of Beyond (1995)
    – Boys on the Side (1995)
    – The Baby-Sitters Club (trailer only – 1995)
    – Mission: Impossible (1996)
    – Malibu Shores, Pilot Part #1(1996)
    – You’veGot a Mail (1998)
    – Shot Through The Heart (1998)
    – Mona Lisa Smile (trailer only – 2003)
    – Cold case, Season 1 episode #19 “Late Return” (2004)
    – The TV Set (2006)
    – 90210, season 2 episode 6 “Wild Alaskan Salmon” (2009)
    – Being Erica, Season 3, episode #3 “Two Wrongs” (2010)
    – Broken Hearts (2010)
  • “Dreams” was used by the Ireland Tourism board in commercials.
  • The song was covered by a Chinese singer, Faye Wong, in 1994 and was re-titled “Dream Lover”.
  • The American band Passion Pit played “Dreams” live and released their version of the song on a reissue of their album “Manners”.
  • “Dreams” is usually played by the band to end their concerts.
  • Lyrics on this page were transcribed by our team and aim to be the exact ones (even including all the la la la’s as much as possible) as official lyrics available in different album releases are most of the time incomplete and/or sometimes have mistakes.
  • Official lyrics (above photo) off the “Everybody Else…” Japanese commercial CD, catalog number PHCR-1771

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