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Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”: An Anthem of Unity

Welcome to the final #SongLyricsSunday for May 2020. For this week’s prompt, I was challenged to find a song with the words “End/Finish/Over/Stop”. The reason why the prompt was chosen because many lockdowns and safety measures around the world have been eased due to the number of new Coronavirus-related cases going down in recent weeks. Here in Aichi, Japan, the State of Emergency will end next Sunday, yet students will be allowed to return to school starting tomorrow. I will return to a normal schedule tomorrow too as the students at the preschool I work at will be attending as well.

Although it feels that the threat of Coronavirus has decreased due to people staying at home during lockdowns. But, I wonder: if we return to our “normal” routines, will the virus prevail once more? Only time will time.

For this #SongLyricsSunday, I chose the 1986 tune “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. People around the world came together in order to combat Coronavirus and show support for essential workers, I hope that, even after this pandemic, people can continue to hope for a better tomorrow and to live in unity.

(By the way, if you looking for a little bit of hope and inspiration in your life right, check out my “Songs of Hope” playlist!)

Hey Now, Hey Now, Don’t Dream It’s Over

They come, they come to build a wall between us
You know they won’t win

Crowded House’s frontman Neil Finn wrote the song as an anthem for unity in a world that was continually being pulled apart. In a magazine with Neil Finn has this to say about the song’s creation:

I wrote that on my brother’s piano. I’m not sure if I remember what the context was, exactly, but it was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on: Don’t dream it’s over. That one actually fell out literally, without me thinking about it too much.

It is such a beautiful song that has been an anthem of hope and unity during various global events. Because of this, many artists have covered this song since 1986, like Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Fleetwood Mac (Finn is currently a member), Sixpence None The Richer, and Paul Young.

What do you enjoy about Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”? Let me know in the comments below!

By the way, there are a lot of Beatles references within the lyrics. Can you spot them?

Crowded House came together in April to record a video performance of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” for the “Music From the Home Front” benefit concert in Australia and New Zealand. Check it out on their Instagram page below:

The Lyrics to Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road while you’re traveling with me

Hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now, when the world comes in
They come, they come to build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m towing my car, there’s a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there’s no proof
In the paper today, tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the TV page

Hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now, when the world comes in
They come, they come to build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m walking again to the beat of a drum
And I’m counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead, barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release

Hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now, when the world comes in
They come, they come to build a wall between us
You know they won’t win

Don’t let them win
Hey now, hey now
Hey now, hey now
Hey now, hey now
Don’t let them win
They come, they come
Don’t let them win
Hey now, hey now (yeah)
Hey now, hey now

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Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over": An Anthem of Unity

This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Mel

    I love this song!

  2. Jim Adams

    Perfect song for the prompt Amy. I always liked this song and I did spot some Beatles references. A hole in the roof is a reference to Fixing a Hole. This may be stretching it a bit but “the steps to the door of your heart” could reference The long and winding road that leads to your door.

  3. John Holton

    Another one of those songs I’ve known since it came out and never knew the title… Good pick…

  4. Felicia Denise

    Love this one, Amy and it’s still on my playlist (right after Aha and before 38 Special)! Nice choice! 🙂

  5. paolo

    I love this song. I also love the remake of sixpence non the richer

  6. Mohamed

    Glad to know that things are getting back to normal. Let’s hope people will maintain the discipline that has been set and practise caution.
    It’s great for you to finally get out there and get people entertained after long periods of solitude.

  7. Monidipa

    I just heard it right now and it is really good. I liked it really.

  8. sumit walia

    I have been hearing the songs recommended by you through your posts and indeed few of them have been so close to me able to relate to them

  9. littlemisadvencha

    I really love songs with great and deep meaning, and I can say that this song is really beautiful. i can listen to it all day instead of those nonsense ones being produced nowadays. thanks for sharing! currently listening to it right now..

  10. Franze Garcia

    I’m loving this song since ariana grande and miley cyrus collaborated with their rendition of this, i also love the originals ofcourse.

  11. Stephanie

    I’ve always enjoyed this song, but now I don’t even know which version it is that I know best. I’ll have to listen to them all again. In Texas we have eased up on a lot of restrictions, but others states haven’t yet. This week is the last week of school for my boys, so they won’t be going back to in-person classes until August. I hope that the worst of this is truly over and we can start to get back to being able to see more friends and go more places, just cautiously.

    1. aisasami

      We only hope! They are saying there could be a second wave as everyone is going back to work and school (school is mostly year round here). My workplace restarted yesterday and kids are back. I hope there is no second wave. Stay safe!

  12. Cheeia

    Thanks for sharing your post! Very informative

  13. Angela Campos

    I just love this song, It reminds me of high school years. I really hope we are on the downslope of the Covid crisis, although I know they predict it coming back strong in the Fall 🙁

  14. I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard this some before, but the lyrics are awesome! I’m going to listen to more from this band now.

  15. mariah green

    I love this song! I just blasted it at home and my kids love it too now lol

  16. Lavern Moore

    Oh wow, you taking me back with this one! I enjoyed this one so much back then!

  17. melissa major

    such a classic song! This is a firm favourite of my brothers for sure 🙂 great lyrics

  18. Melanie williams

    Yay love this…a blast from the past for sure. I do love my music x

  19. Michele

    I love this song! I never knew who sung it, but now that I do I just added it to my playlist.

  20. Kenneth

    These songs never gets old..nice share here. Thank you for letting me reminisce

  21. Utaji

    Ohh yeah I love the vibe I get whenever I listen to this song.

  22. Sarah B

    I love this song, thank you for sharing.

  23. Polly

    Oh my goodness! I’m a 90’s kid and I grew up liking/singing this song. I also like Sixpence None The Richer’s version and it’s such a beautiful remake.

  24. Rosanna

    Love this song and haven’t heard it in ages! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Christa

    I love this song! Thanks for sharing the IG performance. I hadn’t seen it before!

  26. Blair villanueva

    I like the melody of this song. Does it have a modern rendition?

  27. Iris C. Permuy

    I’ve always loved this song, it’s such a beautiful classic!

  28. Elizabeth O

    I love how you mix it up and keep us informed on all sorts of bands. I’m very specific with my interests but it is good to learn about other genres

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