Dreamland

Album: Hotspot (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Inspired by the worldwide refugee crisis, "Dreamland" finds Neil Tennant duetting with Olly Alexander of the London synth act Years & Years. The song evokes a paradise:

    I heard there's a dreamland
    In another world far away
    They say it's a freeland
    And they welcome everyone to stay


    Tennant and Alexander are "tired of my homeland" and are looking for relief in this place of their dreams.
  • The song title comes from an Dreamland amusement park at the English seaside town of Margate. Alexander had just been there when he met the Pet Shop Boys for a coffee. Tennant told The Sun:

    "I had never heard of it but I said it was a great title for a song. Chris (Lowe) had already written a basic track so we sang Dreamland over it and we all thought it was super."
  • The Pet Shop Boys and Alexander wrote the song in London after Tennant and Lowe's manager suggested a collaboration. The three originally intended the track for Years & Years' 2018 album, Palo Santo, but they concluded their style is so different from the Pet Shop Boys, it should go on Hotspot instead.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien Songs

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Steely Dan

Steely DanFact or Fiction

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?

Kiss

KissFact or Fiction

Kiss is the subject of many outlandish rumors - some of which happen to be true. See if you can spot the fakes.

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraSongwriter Interviews

Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.

British Invasion

British InvasionFact or Fiction

Go beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.