Crowded House: Don't Dream It's Over Meaning
Song Released: 1986
Covered By: Glee Cast
Don't Dream It's Over Lyrics
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re travelling with me
Hey now, hey now
anonymous Jan 20th, 2006 1:34pm report
Maybe it's just about the fact that everything in the world rebels against goodness and love, and that you have to fight it and believe that the world will never win.
anonymous Jun 21st, 2014 6:10am report
The song is about not giving up when the world and negative people or forces are creating adversity for you. The song also shares a spiritual grace or center that can be found in times of adversity. It also talks about not letting negative people or forces get between either two lovers, friends, or just those on a path of liberation and transcendence who can help each other and work together in spite of what is up against them.
This song is about a relationship with a lot of baggage. People are obviously interfering with their relationship, maybe mothers in law, envious people and the like. This song was rumored to be about homosexuality and how hard it is to carry out a gay relationship when people have so many opinions. Lead singer Neil Finn says it's about a fight he had with his wife. It can be perceved in many different ways.
anonymous Sep 28th, 9:20pm report
I always took the bit "When the world comes in they come, they come to build a wall between us" very literally. I thought it was about the Berlin wall, although I'm not sure how that timeline would compare. I just kind of assumed the rest was talking about stuff in the world. If this were the case I'm sure they would have said something, but just my thought process.
anonymous Oct 25th, 2019 10:55pm report
As we go through the stages of our life, there are times we feel powerless, but keep the faith. Whether it's love of person, money, drug, power, we have to be careful not to shut down what made us whole in the first place. Find your voice again and carry on.
anonymous Apr 20th, 2019 4:07pm report
"Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release"
These lyrics state he wants to be in her heart but her shadows get in the way.. He wants her to release them and have her freedom.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2018 9:46pm report
It's about a love that is in jeopardy because of external forces. The line that is repeated " dont let them win", gives the impression of a battle of forces at play.
Who "them" is could be an interpretation of anything in the world (outside) or from within, that causes negative conflict in a romantic relationship causing it to end. "I'm counting the steps to your heart" indicates a willing of a reunion or fight to stay together and therefore, not allowing these dark forces to win. Two lines and the title add up to a beautiful interpretation of a willingness to let love win.
anonymous Jun 10th, 2018 6:14am report
Life happens. Keep moving on. Death doesn’t mean it’s over. Memories remain. Love lives on.
anonymous Jun 9th, 2018 6:08am report
Well I don’t disagree with the interps that the song is about overcoming hardships, I see the meaning as more specific: addiction and it’s effect on a relationship. The first verse seems to deal with the struggle with sobriety and setbacks”. Verse 2: an episode of relapse. Verse 3: a new search of sobriety. The chorus: the struggle to stay sober is ongoing and full of obstacles. I’d rather feedback on this interpretation and again, I’m not directly disagreeing with any of the other insightful and sharp interps on this page.
anonymous Jun 8th, 2018 6:40pm report
Enduring. "The world" can be unforgiving- and tempting one to move away from togetherness and unity- and instead towards "success" which has often become synomous with individual accomplishments and wealth. The song reminds us that WE are ONE and that "this world" of external distractions/dilemmas (news/tv page) will fade away and leave us in the full realization that we face this life and reality- not as single/lonely people (how it may often feel in this disjointed modern world), but as threads in the web of the ultimate reality
anonymous May 24th, 2018 5:54am report
This song can be reflected upon to a guy and a girl both in already existing relationships, but falling in love with each other and have this dream of being together in love with one another for it to be real, yet know it’s impossible due to particular situations in their existing relationships whether in marriage or commitment of their own partners. Long distance relationships and hidden relationships from their existing relationships has a part. Dreaming of being together knowing it is impossible for it to happen makes it to where one or the other wants to forget about it and move on causing a temporary or sometimes a forever heartbreak. The song here Don’t Dream, It’s Over the guy and girl dreaming of being together both don’t win. Dreams are dreams...reality is reality. Too many other hearts to break. Easy to just call off the hope.
anonymous Jan 26th, 2018 1:05am report
"When one door closes, another one opens"
This is what the song puts me in the mind of especially in the video when they are walking through doors.
anonymous Aug 20th, 2017 8:34pm report
Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn wrote this song. He explained in an interview with Goldmine: "I wrote that on my brother's piano. I'm not sure if I remember what the context was, exactly, but it was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on: Don't dream it's over. That one actually fell out literally, without me thinking about it too much."- I meant songfacts.-Once in a while browsing this site
anonymous Aug 20th, 2017 8:32pm report
Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn wrote this song. He explained in an interview with Goldmine: "I wrote that on my brother's piano. I'm not sure if I remember what the context was, exactly, but it was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on: Don't dream it's over. That one actually fell out literally, without me thinking about it too much."-songs. People will accept you when you are open and honest. If you avoid them, they will think you don't like them and accept them as a person. Seems you are trying to be accepted, be honest and people will accept you. - Once in a while browsing this site
anonymous Aug 20th, 2017 8:41pm report
The song is about diversity and people who struggle to fit in, and be excepted for who the are. Where it's about being gay, black or whatever!
anonymous Jul 17th, 2017 7:36pm report
When I hear this song, it reminds me to never give up, from the obstacles that life throws us...
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2017 7:32am report
To me, this song is just about life. But everyone interprets it in their own way and I find that interesting because no body is really wrong. Overall I think its just about how there is struggles but there is also some really beautiful things in life. And sometimes it is difficult to get to them. And sometimes because of the situations we're going through in life, we are quick to think that it will never get better or in a realtionship of any kind whether it be romantic or friends we are quick to think it's over because of differences, it's like we shut the door on our self's sometimes and kick ourselves out. Ya know? Don't dream it's over as in don't be quick to call it quits in any circumstance. I think "you'll never see the end of the road while your traveling with me" is especially beautiful because no one wants to be abandoned and I think that's just about total dedication to someone until the end. Through good and bad.
anonymous Jul 25th, 2014 7:34am report
The song was used in Stephen Kings mini series , The Stand . Every time I hear this song , something in it sounds dismal ! I know it's not , but the chord progression seems sad and lonely ! I do however like the song !
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