In dreams

A candy-colored clown they call the Sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper:
“Go to sleep, everything is all right”

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer, like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you’re mine
All of the time, we’re together
In dreams, in dreams

But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can’t help it, I can’t help it, if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye

It’s too bad that all these things
Can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams, in beautiful dreams

— Roy Orbison

4 responses to “In dreams

  1. Lyrics to songs are often overlooked as great poetry. Yours is a great example. Hank Williams senior is another – “Hear that lonesome whistle blow–”

  2. I agree, Sandy (or the woman behind the beautiiful golden lab!). Hank Williams is about as good as it gets, especially songs like ‘Lonesome Whistle’ and ‘Lost Highway’. I’m a fan. Here’s Leonard Cohen’s assessment of HW:

    “But I don’t fool myself, I know the game I’m in. When I wrote about Hank Williams ‘A hundred floors above me in the tower of song’, it’s not some kind of inverse modesty. I know where Hank Williams stands in the history of popular song. ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, songs like that, are sublime, in his own tradition, and I feel myself a very minor writer. I’ve taken a certain territory, and I’ve tried to maintain it and administrate it with the very best of my capacities. And I will continue to administrate this tiny territory until I’m too weak to do it. But I understand where this territory is.”

  3. dude,

    I was just driving home from Jersey and my wife and I were trying to figure out some of our favorite 20th century music. As we got off the highway and onto the street before the one we live on we broke out into Roy Orbison songs…five minutes later I’m online reading this post. In the words of Tom Petty and others, “there must be something in the air…” Good stuff. I’m going to post in a few minutes about the ride home discussion.

  4. These kinds of synchronicities happen to me a lot. Something in the air indeed.

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