Back to song list

Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over - Lyrics Meaning



Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House was released in 1987 and reached number 2 in the US charts and number 27 in the UK charts.

The lead singer of crowded house, Neil Finn, wrote this song after having a really bad fight with his wife.

This is a love song and the lyrics explain that material things don't really matter but that love is the centre of everything.

The singer describes himself towing his car which has obviously broken down and has holes in the roof so he can't sleep in it.

The papers and television are full of bad news and everything is going wrong but at the end of the day he still has the woman he loves, so nothing else really matters.

All of the bad news in the world, and whatever happens between then, nothing will drive them apart and the thought of them making up is what is driving him on.




Visit Music Banter - The Internet's Top Music Community


1
Mike Pierce
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 21, 2020 @ 10:22 pm
I believe the song "Don't Dream It's Over" was about Neil Finn's best friend, Paul Hester (drummer) who along with Neil Finn was a founding member of Crowded House.

Paul suffered from depression and I suspect he may have experimented with drugs and alcohol at times. I believe the song line "Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup" refers to a person drinking alcohol from a paper cup on a tour bus on a regular basis because of feeling bombarded by internal and external pressures.

There's a battle ahead...= The future will be challenging to control addictions, as well as demons, and everyone doe's not win their battle, but at the end of the day, if you stick with me, I won't abandon you and will help you through.

When the world comes in, they come, they come to build a wall between us, we know they won't win= means when the pressures of the world get on top of us and the demons of fear and depression come to visit us, while you are with me, the demons won't win.

Verse 2 seems to be Neil opening up and empathizing with Paul and probably refers to flashbacks when Neil was starting out on the road gigging by himself, broke, sleeping and living in a car with a leaking roof and then the car completely broke down. This was Neil sharing with Paul that Neil himself had gone through bad times, but he never gave up or lost hope.

The reference to possessions causing suspicion indicates an incident of delusion as it is understandable that if you had to live in a car for awhile, you might end up talking to your possessions or imagining them talking to you.
In the paper today...these two lines indicate that there is such bad/negative news from the world that you turn to the tv page to se what's on the telly.

Verse 3 Indicates Neil waking up and seeing the light himself, obviously following a period of reflection and enlightenment. This is expressed in the beautiful and positive words of the first two lines of this verse.
The last two lines of this verse refers to challenges ahead for awhile. Shadows being the daemons and fears from the past and the reference barely clearing the roof links to the car and the weight of the shadows is likened to trying to drive forward in the fog with the weight of the clouds on top of you. However, you have to focus on the feeling of liberation and release you will feel when the fog and the mist clears.
In other words, NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
The song is also an example of support, compassion, true friendship and pure LOVE.
Mike P Pierce
2
Xhor
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 19, 2021 @ 9:09 am
Don’t let life bring you the challenge, challenge life instead, bring the challenge to life.

There is freedom within
- Freedom of soul and mind and its a spiritual thing, thats self love, self care, contentment, feeling safe, feel grounded and feel stable everyday. Pray to God or meditate (its the root and heart chakra). Take what ever it resonates

There is freedom without
- if you have freedom within, you’re completely free “WITHOUT” what else is there.

Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup
- that’s risky right? catching a flood using a paper cup, so what will you do if you only got a paper cup? Take action, dare to take the risk, its difficult you may say. “You do not tap the talent inside you until you attempt the impossible. Risk is part of every successful plan: Believe you can page 107 by John Mason”. Better do something than do nothing. Don’t look at the flood, look on the paper cup, I mean don’t look at the problem, look on the solution. Who knows you only need a paper cup to stop the flood. Hear me? Lets say, there is a wall that can stop the flood but since their is a hole in it, everyone thinks that is will not hold it, then you put that paper cup in that hole, surprisingly the flood came and it does hold it. haha! God does it, not the paper cup, God can’t put that paper cup in their, it just need someone to do it. You’ll never know until you tried it.

There's a battle ahead
- if you see this as obstacles(battles) in life or relationship, I see them as a challenge if life, bring it on, I’m all fired up. If you see battles as uncontrollable, its like accepting your defeat before even the battle starts, thinks twice, why are you in the battle field anyway? Do you plan of winning? Take the risk with winning mind set, even if its impossible. If you fail, nobody will blame you, its impossible right? but what if you succeed the impossible? How good was that?

Many battles are lost
- if you take the challenge and lost or fail, Don’t forget to pick up the “L” ‘cause you won’t believe yourself, you might pick up something precious, if you fail look at it in the positive side. Be persistent, when all else fail, Don’t you go to God and complain: You said success is that way! And He will tell you: You almost have it my child, its just right after that terrain where you trip or stumble and fall, if you just move 5 steps more ahead. You didn’t ask me where is the easiest path to take? “L“ means lesson by the way. And don’t forget to relax, don’t get hard on your self.

But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're travelling with me
- You’ll never see, because the song wants to tell that, Seeing the end of the road its like expecting/hoping something, Baby, stop looking on the destination, life is a journey as the say. Start where you are, have fun, challenge life, make a difference, as long as you know your destination you’ll reach their before you know it, or else you will miss the fun. You should have that freedom within, stay balance, and leave your present, “You can only leave today, you can’t leave tomorrow because thats you future honey”

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
- Yeah! I stumble into this song, writing a journal about my dreams, Its like: someone took my backpack twice now (that time, its two different dreams different day though), one small backpack and one big backpack, as I write hey now hey now, aha moment! Its a song and check the lyric, and look for interpretation. Don’t dream it’s over. Don’t just dreaming, don’t stop dreaming baby, but start taking action as well. Dreaming is fun and is for free. “ TAKE ACTION TO YOUR DREAMS”, starts to day tomorrow will be too late. Do something.

Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
- You against the challenges in this world? Thinks as if you can control them, you write your life story, don’t let life write the life story for you. Take charge of (...)

Add your own interpretation and discuss lyrics of this song: