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Song Released: 1979


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"I Have A Dream"

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    MarkGietzen
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    Nov 20th 2012 report

    I believe that Abba's "I have a Dream" has more meaning than first meets the ear or eye. It is certainly more than just a meaningless collection of English language cliche's assembled by Swedish composers who had no idea what point they were trying to make! I believe that this song holds more deep meaning than any other Abba song ever recorded!

    To start with, one must understand what Albert Einstein meant when he said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

    In "I have a Dream" the songwriters have properly divided the world into two main spheres, the real world, and the supernatural world where imagination and fantasy dwell with such beings as angels, who only become "real" to us in our dreams.

    In this song, these two worlds are divided by an imaginary "stream", but it is a stream that one can choose to cross at will, going from the real world into one's spiritual world, or into one's imagination "when ever the time is right to be in that sphere".

    It is on the spiritual side of the stream where the real powers of personal attitude will determine if we are having a wonderful time in this life, or whether we are living our life in a difficult way, filled with sadness, anger, or in any way that does not take a moment to see the wonder of all things!

    The author of "Insight for Living", Charles Swindoll, says: "Life is… 10% What Happens to You and 90% How You React to It.” This song has a remarkably parallel message, and it is uplifting in that it encourages us to not be afraid of the future, and to look for something good in everyone and everything you see.

    Assuming that the author's undefined "destination" is the universal human desire to enjoy a meaningful life, this song is also encouragement to not give up, but rather to continue on "Pushing through the darkness… still another mile" because the destination makes it all worth while.

    This is a beautiful song, and once seen in this light, it is not only beautiful, uplifting and encouraging as well.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 8th report

    I appreciate this song too much because it restores hopes within individuals by correcting negative thoughts so as to get new and positive feelings and behaviors.

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 6th report

    According to me the song is about the positivity of a person towards the life. He believes that we can never give up evenif great hurdles become on our path. We should believe that there are some good people who gives us some hope for good happing.And definitely, the dream come true in to reality. And with the help of dreams we can go beyond the limitations which pushes us to fulfill our goals.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2020 report



    We’re going to get through this Coronavirus. We have a dream, a song to sing and we will cope. I believe in Angels! We all have a dream and we will cross the stream.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2020 report


    It’s a beautiful beautiful song. It is for everyone out there that is suffering from mental illness. When they cross the stream they will have peace on the other side, finally!!

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2020 report

    I agree with most of the comments here, and I have generally the same interpretation, except with a slightly more philosophical orientation. I see these lyrics in a more existential light. For those who have a dream, a purpose in life, the difficulties of life can melt away when you are working towards a lofty goal. The trivial things in life fade in significance. Even the big things, like loss of a loved one or health issues, can become less devastating. This is a common refrain of many motivational speakers: find a lofty and worthwhile goal for yourself, put all of your efforts into it. It will transform the world into a magical place for you. Be proactive in pursuing your goals, not reactive to the problems of life.

    Quoting from an existential philosopher, Nietzsche said: “ He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

    So I see this song really as an ode to existentialist philosophy!

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2020 report

    I think this has great depth of meaning. Like other comments on here. I think it is a coping song, an idealistic person going through a very difficult time. Coping by believing there is good in everyone and by their belief in Angels. But when they can no longer cope, they will prepare for death and ‘cross the stream’ to the other side.
    It is a beautiful song which I want played at my funeral.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2020 report

    It is a cope song, describe peaceful and calming. Be ready to facing that end of life.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2019 report

    I think it is a wonderful song because it gives you hope and wings to define and achieve your dreams in future and get your destination.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2019 report

    I feel it is a song of devotion to Jesus Christ & to God. It is also like a prayer asking God to give the singer strength to carry on through life. A song of hope & personal strength

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2017 report

    Its really good that having a good and positive thought makes us to move forward towards our destiny . he just interpreted this in that poem.everyone likes that angels .so that we also able to meet them at least one time in our life . coz they're the messengers of gods word.seriously the one who likes and the one who wrote this poem ,were surely religious. So that they can believe in this kind of fantasy .that's it.ya bye.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2017 report

    I agree with the last comment. I think it's encouraging somebody who going through difficult times in life. I am from the non-English speaking country, same as ABBA.I used to sing this song or write the whole lyrics on a piece of paper when I need to concentrate on something or make up mind after something bad happened. For me, it is like meditation.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2017 report

    Goodness sin Life if you look for it.
    imagination can make things easier to live through.
    Crossing the stream often means death... This is a somber song that very well could indicate a calm readiness to cross into death when the time is right.

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2017 report

    God given dreams and visions for an individual are real but not to this world. When God shows you his desires for you its like a fairy tale. it take man in constant communication with God to live a purposeful life on earth.
    its when we start living for a purpose, to make the world a better place than we met it. passion from the deepest part inside of us drives us. we make the difference and nothing can stop us.
    we able to wake up and push making sure we do something that helps another person in this world.
    real dreams are not meant to be for one big day or ascar. they are daily. what we dream daily to do. how does it improve the life of your neighbor and yourself.
    i have a dream to contribute in making this world a better place at my own corner

  15. anonymous
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    May 17th 2013 report

    I feel it may be about believing in yourself. Follow your heart, believe what you want to believe. Try to see things in a new light like the "wonder of a fairytale". Appreciate life.
    Also MarkGietzen, i agree with you, couldn't have put it better myself.
    Remember the lyrics "You can". Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything!


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