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Dream Brother by Jeff Buckley

Album: GraceReleased: 1994
  • This song is in part a reply to a friend who wanted to leave his girlfriend who had a child. Buckley did not want his friend to become like Buckley's father. (thanks, Aaron - Seattle, WA)
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Comments: 8

One point of could be that this could be about Sleep and it's world of Dreams. I sometimes think Jeff must have read the Sandman gothic novels/comic series, some of it seems to have found its way in this songAndries - Amsterdam, Netherlands
i don't know for sure the song meaning but the one aaron provided makes a lot of sense.. it's also pretty sweet. i think it's very plausible. there's one line in the song that stuck with me alot. it's the last line and it goes "asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over"... it seems a reference to jeff's father who, upon his death, was cremated and had his ashes scattered on a beach, if i'm not mistaken...anyway, it's a very beautiful, resonant song... and i love both buckleys..Rebekah - Tampa, Fl
There is a Tim Buckley song called "dream letter." I don't know if Jeff was trying to reference his father. It's crazy though on the cover of the book Dream Brother the two men are next to each other and since they achieved status in the musical world pretty much at the same time in their lives it does look like they are brothers who never new each other rather than father and son.Marcus - Jackson, Mi
I always thought this song merely fitted into the rest of the album about being about lost love. But yeah I reckon the father premise makes a whole lot more sense. Maybe its not necessarily about leaving the girlfriend though, I reckon it could be more relevant to his dad dying due to drug related causes.Zach - Adelaide, Australia
Raymond. Some songs are streams of consciousness. If you have a lot to say, albeit with only one purpose, why not say it? Buckley was deeply affected by his father's abandonment, and, his friend's situation being akin to that of Tim Buckley decades earlier, he is desperate to communicate the hurt and sadness he experienced. It's a heartbreaking song.Fran - London, United Kingdom
A genius and a visionary. Oh what might have been. I believe in years to come he will attain the mythical status as something akin to music's James Dean. If a perfect album exists its name is "Grace".Matt - Boston, Ma
Too many lyrics to say very little. I mean, say very much with very few words if possible, because the truth is general but precise, and the door is small and the road narrow, and were looking for that door or we are trying to be appealing in the wide gate and broad highway. Like the bible, people think the meaning is found by combining very many words of the whole book, whereas God is thrifty and conceals enormous meaning in a few choice words here and there: the small door. I never heard the musical accompaniament, though I'm sure its very nice.Raymond - Sydney , Australia
jeff buckley is my favorite. i have the absolute highest respect for this man. may he rest peacefully.Aja - Gloucester, Ma