Dream Brother

  • There is a child sleeping near his twin
    The pictures go wild in a rush of wind
    That dark angel he is shuffling in
    Watching over them with his black feather wings unfurled

    The love you lost with her skin so fair
    Is free with the wind in her butterscotch hair
    Her green eyes bloom goodbyes
    With her head in her hands and your kiss on the lips another
    Dream brother with your tears scattered round the world.

    Don't be like the one who made me so old
    Don't be like the one who left behind his name
    'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
    And nobody ever came

    Don't be like the one who made me so old
    Don't be like the one who left behind his name
    'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
    And nobody ever came

    Don't be like the one who made me so old
    Don't be like the one who left behind his name
    'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine
    And nobody ever came, nobody ever came

    I feel afraid and I call your name
    I love your voice and your dance insane
    I hear your words and I know your pain
    Your head in your hands and a kiss on the lips of another
    Your eyes to the ground and the world spinning round forever
    Asleep in the sand with the ocean washing overWriter/s: JEFF BUCKLEY, MATT JOHNSON, MICK GRONDAHL
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Andries from Amsterdam, NetherlandsOne 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 song
  • Rebekah from Tampa, Fli 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..
  • Marcus from Jackson, MiThere 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.
  • Zach from Adelaide, AustraliaI 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.
  • Fran from London, United KingdomRaymond. 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.
  • Matt from Boston, MaA 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".
  • Raymond from Sydney , AustraliaToo 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.
  • Aja from Gloucester, Majeff buckley is my favorite. i have the absolute highest respect for this man. may he rest peacefully.
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