Three Dreamy Reasons: Songs That Were Derived From Dreams

Dreamy Reasons why sleeping rocks.

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by Walter Price


I can not appropriately express my disappointment when someone tells me they never remember their dreams. What a treat, resting after a long day and your fantasies laced with realities play in your mind…Nothing better. I specifically recall the moment as a 12-year old I made the commitment to remember my sleepytime films (as I like to call them). I was fascinated with my mom and her sister going on and on in their hippieish esoteric chats about their dreams and all the possible translations. I wanted in, and I started my lifelong love of dreaming.

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

But I’m not the only one. Going steps further than just trying to understand a dream and forcing meanings on them, some of the most brilliant songwriters have taken those flash memories and turned them into songs. Songs that have changed pop culture and possibly you forever.

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

I did a search for ‘dream songs’ and I was amazed, but not shocked, at the lengthy list of classics that started life from sleepy recollections. So, I had a vast swath to choose from for this article’s purpose. Here are just three of my favorites. Painting dreams, relating streams of consciousness, indeed.



Beatles – Let It Be

This classic Beatles track came from Paul McCartney one night when his departed mother came to him in a dream offering comfort from Paul’s stresses. McCartney explains, “She was reassuring me, saying, ‘It’s going to be OK, just let it be.’ I felt so great. She gave me the positive words. I woke up and thought, ‘What was that? She said ‘Let It Be.’ That’s good.’ So I wrote the song ‘Let It Be’ out of positivity.”


R.E.M.-  Its the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

“The words come from everywhere. I’m extremely aware of everything around me, whether I am in a sleeping state, awake, dream-state or just in day to day life. There’s a part in ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ that came from a dream where I was at Lester Bangs’ birthday party and I was the only person there whose initials weren’t L.B. So there was Lenny Bruce, Leonid Brezhnev, Leonard Bernstein… So that ended up in the song along with a lot of stuff I’d seen when I was flipping TV channels. It’s a collection of streams of consciousness.” – Michael Stipe


Florence + The Machine – Only If For A Night

“There’s a song on it (Ceremonials) that’s inspired by a visit [from] my dead grandmother — like, I had a really, really vivid dream about her and, um, she was giving me advice in this dream, And it was really emotional, and I woke up crying. And there’s one song that’s inspired by that experience.” – Florence Welch


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