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Crowded House — Don't Dream It's Over
Album: Crowded House
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 2115









Released: 1986
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There is freedom within
There is freedom without
Try to catch the 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 that 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 that 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 that 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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{Rubs the bottle}  Genie:  What is your wish?  Me:  To have a quarter of the talent Neil Finn has in writing a song.
Excellence in pop songwriting.
Pop as its best     
A real knack with the pop pen.
Long Live                                                                                                         Radio Paradise
Rating to me still                                                                               8 - Most Excellent    

 lizardking wrote:

I'm at an 8 rating too.  And if it weren't for the intro sounding a lot like the song "How Do You Talk to an Angel" (a 1-hit wonder if there ever were... http://previously.tv/beverly-hills-90210/ray-pruit-of-90210-had-a-fake-band-with-a-real-1-hit/) I might go 8→9.

Oh....to hell with it...I'll go 8→9 despite the 'sounds-like' - keep playing it BillG!  And Long Live RP~!~!

 
"if it weren't for the intro sounding..." like a song recorded 8 years AFTER Crowded House did this. Who is the problem?
 Noé wrote:
The Finn brothers
 
This is just Neil. When Tim/Yoko joined, the band had passed its high point.
I don't think it would make sense for radio play on RP, but this live cover by Ariana and Miley is quite lovely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2ua3O_fdCY
 Tomasni wrote:
To me 8 : Most Excellent  

 
I'm at an 8 rating too.  And if it weren't for the intro sounding a lot like the song "How Do You Talk to an Angel" (a 1-hit wonder if there ever were... http://previously.tv/beverly-hills-90210/ray-pruit-of-90210-had-a-fake-band-with-a-real-1-hit/) I might go 8→9.

Oh....to hell with it...I'll go 8→9 despite the 'sounds-like' - keep playing it BillG!  And Long Live RP~!~!

On a hot hot day like this, all I hear is 'air-con, air-con', I'm so sorry {#Bounce}
When this song starts and I hear the first two notes, I pause, smile, and continue on with whatever I was doing. With a smile on my face.
Best part of the song is the bass popping in at the intro.  Also lyrics that are oddly reminiscent of now.
And now Neil is in Fleetwood Mac...there's a crowded house...
 
Awesome song! Great sing-along-karaoke-annoy-everyone-around-me-sorta-song! But I love it! {#Cheesygrin}{#Roflol}
 Steely_D wrote:

and it doesn't rhyme!

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the 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 

 
I never noticed that even though I've heard the song so many times over the years.  I always liked the lyric "my possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof".

It really is a rarity in that respect. 
The Finn brothers {#Notworthy}
10 ten Ten TEN


Great, recent live version of Neil playing this.....
https://youtu.be/4Nt9u1jXzF0
 onelittlemoose wrote:
Wow, this song takes me back. Reminds me of the boyfriend I had at the time the song was popular. He was abusive. Tough lesson to learn at 18.

 
Thank you for sharing.

OK, time to pass the kitty.


Wow, this song takes me back. Reminds me of the boyfriend I had at the time the song was popular. He was abusive. Tough lesson to learn at 18.
Radio Paradise sure loves itself some Neil Finn. I do too, though, so everything is all good from where I'm standing.
I cannot help but think, WOW, what an astounding dive into the Deep End he made, what a massive chunk of existential angst he bit into, what a masterpiece of timeless quality Neil pulled off here, so early on in his amazing musical career. I'm so grateful I saw them!
Miss you paul...
This was just another 80's song for me, until I heard the live version here on RP. There was something about so many people singing the chorus that really gut to me. I'll give this studio version a 9- and save the 10 for the live version, next time Bill plays it for us. :-)
So hard to be believe that this was from 30 years ago! 
This song leaves quite an impression on an '80s 12-year old. Really. 
 phlattop wrote:
so you've commented a few times to express your displeasure. Maybe you should try the PSD button, hmmm?
 
Amen.
 ppopp wrote:
*Immeasurably violent vomiting sound*

 
so you've commented a few times to express your displeasure. Maybe you should try the PSD button, hmmm?
 Coventry wrote:
Not vapid, not insipid. I mean, it's not some soul-searching masterpiece, but it's a melodic, interesting tune that, like it or not, is a classic piece.

 
and it doesn't rhyme!

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the 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 
Still gives me chills. A great song that I can sing passably along with.
my guilty pleasure band - do not tell anyone please!
mein kaffe is eingeschlafe bei der Mugge
Heard this just once, in 1986.
Crowded House / Finn fan ever since.
Instantly, continuously.
(Touch of Whiter Shade of Pale)
This is good. I only knew the Sixpense None The Richer version...
Flawless.  Up to a big fat 10 today on this dreary Bristol morning.  Thanks RP.

 ppopp wrote:
*Immeasurably violent vomiting sound*

 
ditto!  Barfbarfbarf
*Immeasurably violent vomiting sound*
I am surprised to find this cuddly bear stuff on RP. 
Some songs fit the inside of your head so well, they become part of your soundtrack. Love it..

{#Daisy}

 

 kingart wrote:

A better song than I previously gave it credit for. 7 > 8 . 

Hell, with few exceptions, including a few tracks I'd like to hear less of, I seem to like almost everything here on R.P.  I think it's the d.j.  Just sayin'. 

 

 


I want this song at my PROM (if i ever go, that is...)
Finn is this generation's Gershwin. 
 
This song brings me right back to junior year in college. Still sounds great after all these years. Gorgeous melody.
A better song than I previously gave it credit for. 7 > 8 . 

Hell, with few exceptions, including a few tracks I'd like to hear less of, I seem to like almost everything here on R.P.  I think it's the d.j.  Just sayin'. 

 
The timeless lyrics, the ringing chords, the fabulous bass, the steady drums — one of the world's most perfect songs still sounds great!
Anyone remember this song in the opening of Stephen King's "The Stand"?
{#Cheers} ...... outstanding would be an understatement 
 hempmandan wrote:
When they finished recording this song I hope they took off their earphones, threw them to the ground and smiled, knowing they NAILED IT!!!!
 
 
This comment needs a like button
Sucko-barfo. 
Sorry

lame 
...10 ..mosh pit memories of the great Crowded House in concert
 somnium wrote:
This song seems to bring back memories for many people.

For me, it reminds me of the first girl I ever kissed. It had never got much further than that, and then we'd each moved out of town and were writing to each other sporadically (no email back then). During this time she sent me a mixtape in the post, on which this song figured. This was the same mixtape that introduced me to Van Morrison's Into the Mystic, to Massive Attack, and to the Mamas and the Papas "Make your own kind of music" - the last of which doesn't appear to be an RP favourite though it should be. Eventually we stopped writing and lost touch.

That all happened about ten years after this song came out. And it was at least another ten years before it occurred to me that there might possibly have been a hidden message in the inclusion of a song called "Don't dream it's over".



 
Great story. 
The 15-year-old just walked through the kitchen, singing along.
This song seems to bring back memories for many people.

For me, it reminds me of the first girl I ever kissed. It had never got much further than that, and then we'd each moved out of town and were writing to each other sporadically (no email back then). During this time she sent me a mixtape in the post, on which this song figured. This was the same mixtape that introduced me to Van Morrison's Into the Mystic, to Massive Attack, and to the Mamas and the Papas "Make your own kind of music" - the last of which doesn't appear to be an RP favourite though it should be. Eventually we stopped writing and lost touch.

That all happened about ten years after this song came out. And it was at least another ten years before it occurred to me that there might possibly have been a hidden message in the inclusion of a song called "Don't dream it's over".

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
What an excellent little tune, I've always liked the off-time feeling to the guitar and Neil Finn's singing.

 

Yep, that is one of things I like about it too.
What an excellent little tune, I've always liked the off-time feeling to the guitar and Neil Finn's singing.
There's also a very nice low key version of this on the Seven Worlds Collide live album.
1986? You must be feckin' kidding right?

There were a handful of good releases in the entire decade that was the 80's let alone 1986.

Open your ears to 1966.

Now that was a good year. 

DM
 
amb599
(New York, NY)

1986 was the best year for music? Everyone knows that? I didn't know that.  Didn't know that fact. Where is it recorded, like, you know, a pound is 16 ounces, or a jet plane flies fast? Because I always thought 1967 was a good candidate with its indisputable lineup of supernova bands and tunes. If I devoted some thought, I'd propose other years too. So I'm disputing this "fact."  


 Proclivities wrote:

The post did not seem to imply that the '80s were "the best decade for music" - you inferred that.  Each decade had excellent music and lousy music.  It's all subjective anyhow.

  
That's ridiculous.  Everyone knows that 1986 was the best year for music, so the 80's are the best decade.  This song proves it.  That's a fact.  You can't dispute facts.


 
 Proclivities wrote:

The post did not seem to imply that the '80s were "the best decade for music" - you inferred that.  Each decade had excellent music and lousy music.  It's all subjective anyhow.

 
That's ridiculous.  Everyone knows that 1986 was the best year for music, so the 80's are the best decade.  This song proves it.  That's a fact.  You can't dispute facts.
{#Kiss} ..... luv this loads - thanks RP.    "O U T S T A N D I N G"
{#Cheers}  Nice one - Happy Australia Day!
There was a time that I considered my Split Enz / Crowded House / anything Finn fascination as a "guilty pleasure"- looking back, i don't feel guilty. Great stuff that stands the test of time.
 Krakus wrote:
This song reminds me of the best years of my youth, i.e. college. I was slim, trim, with full head of hair. The girls in summer dresses were irresistable...

 
True here too.
That's true, it's a beauiful song, but   i don't why, it brings back emotions of what is the true magic of life:

being young full of  hope and ideas for a better futur, who cares if it was not the best decade for music !

It was the best of times,  because it was the time of my youth.
 Krakus wrote:
This song reminds me of the best years of my youth, i.e. college. I was slim, trim, with full head of hair. The girls in summer dresses were irresistable...

 
They always are. :)
This song reminds me of the best years of my youth, i.e. college. I was slim, trim, with full head of hair. The girls in summer dresses were irresistable...
I moved to St. Louis Park early in '86, but this song reminds me of Duluth.  Odd.  
 e_b wrote:


The 80's were filled with "so much excellent music..."?!  You must have been as high as Charlie Sheen.   The 70's, 90's and 60's were filled with excellent music and although not on the same caliber, I would argue the 00's were better than the 80's.  There were some gems in the 80's no doubt, but to imply it is the best decade for music—that's just plain wrong.

 
The post did not seem to imply that the '80s were "the best decade for music" - you inferred that.  Each decade had excellent music and lousy music.  It's all subjective anyhow.
beautiful song - if you ever get a chance to see Crowded House live, do it. They are a remarkably great live band.
When you have a spare 2 hours or so - head to youtube to see Neil Finn and Paul Kelly live at the Sydney Opera House. Superb. Skip to 19:35 to start the concert.
Not vapid, not insipid. I mean, it's not some soul-searching masterpiece, but it's a melodic, interesting tune that, like it or not, is a classic piece.
shades of Procol Harem
 rdo wrote:
Mediocre 80s radio hit - 6.
 
Bite me.  Best song of it's time!  And off a great CD start to finish.
 ice-9 wrote:

I'd have to agree that of all those decades the 80's was by far the most artistically vapid, and those were my teen years, so I'm expected to love this stuff like all my "peers" do.  Jesus it was awful.
 
Maybe it was you. I mean, maybe you used to listen to awful and vapid stuff back then. You should have searched a little.
Mediocre 80s radio hit - 6.
A great song from a fun decade. Brings back fond memories of LA and mainly, of all places, Kodiak Alaska, where I was stationed in the summers of 86-87. This song at sunset while driving along a cliff over the ocean, of having just met someone, of being a little older and wiser and sadder - yeah, it was a good decade.
Another favorite german station play lot of times. Not bad, btw.
Hey, now — hey, now...  Takes me back to hearing it at my place along Boulder Creek when it came out...and to hearing it a few years later over the rocking sound system at the party scene of Mataranka Hot Springs down in the fabulous outback of Oz...and then a few years after that at a house party the Mexican ex- and I threw in Noto Peninsula in the wilds of Ishikawa, Japan...and now here I am happy to jam to it once again at Standard Orbit back in Colorado...single and free and like starting over...get to know the feeling of liberation and release...Yes! So many times over the years in so many places, and never ever will I dream it's over, thanks to Crowded House and RP!
I will never ever EVER get sick of listening to this song.....
 

 e_b wrote:


The 80's were filled with "so much excellent music..."?!  You must have been as high as Charlie Sheen.   The 70's, 90's and 60's were filled with excellent music and although not on the same caliber, I would argue the 00's were better than the 80's.  There were some gems in the 80's no doubt, but to imply it is the best decade for music—that's just plain wrong.
 
I'd have to agree that of all those decades the 80's was by far the most artistically vapid, and those were my teen years, so I'm expected to love this stuff like all my "peers" do.  Jesus it was awful.

This song isn't so terrible, but it reminds me too much of all that other horrible music.
crank it up and slow dance.
MUTE!
Floors me, EVERY FRICKIN' TIME!  When the world comes in...they come...to build a wall between us...but we know that they won't win...YES!
 billybob123 wrote:
From a decade filled with so much excellent music, this one still holds its own.  I remember seeing these guys for this tour in Hollywood, my first year in California, right up against the stage.
 

The 80's were filled with "so much excellent music..."?!  You must have been as high as Charlie Sheen.   The 70's, 90's and 60's were filled with excellent music and although not on the same caliber, I would argue the 00's were better than the 80's.  There were some gems in the 80's no doubt, but to imply it is the best decade for music—that's just plain wrong.
I had this on the same VHS video mixtape as Edie Brickell's 'Circle', which Bill played a few songs ago this morning.

Loved the video to this song, and still stop what I'm doing to listen to it when it comes on Radio Paradise...
From a decade filled with so much excellent music, this one still holds its own.  I remember seeing these guys for this tour in Hollywood, my first year in California, right up against the stage.
It never is a great time with prom queens—or football team captains for that matter. It takes some years before they can hoist in the fact that life is not all about them and no one owes them anything. An unlucky few teen heros never get any insight into themselves—God save their mortal souls.

 
lafcadio wrote:
My High School sweetheart, the prom queen, picked this as the official prom song, or whatever that was.  It's a great song.  It wasn't a great relationship.
 


My High School sweetheart, the prom queen, picked this as the official prom song, or whatever that was.  It's a great song.  It wasn't a great relationship.
 finoufk wrote:
the song is ok...nothing more. rate it 8 ? as high as the best pop/rock standars : are u kiding ?
 
of course!. they are among the best pop/rock standards
the song is ok...nothing more. rate it 8 ? as high as the best pop/rock standars : are u kiding ?

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum...and I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart....

{#Notworthy}

I went to a reggae show where Split Enz opened.  It was the first time that I heard of them, and they basically stole the show. 
 gjones wrote:
feeling of liberation and release
 
Counting the steps to the door of your heart.
Amazing song.  Prophetic (and sad) album cover, too. 
In the musical wasteland of the 80s, this was one song that was both excellent and popular. In fact, although Bill (and Rebecca) have an almost preternatural knack for feretting out the gems from any decade, I think the 80s are (deservedly) under-represented. 

 

I'll dream this is over,,,,,, soon please


 otaznick wrote:
I love this song, but i didn't expect so high rating for pop song like this. {#Clap}
 

'cause Bill knows when it fits just right...
I love this song, but i didn't expect so high rating for pop song like this. {#Clap}
feeling of liberation and release
Great lyrics with an underrated but genius delivery by Neil. Awesome musicianship throughout. An superb pop song viewed from any angle.
ATTENTION ALL POP MUSICIANS: THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT RIGHT.

I also never tire of hearing this song.  A terrific classic that combines instruments and vocals perfectly.  This group put out a lot of good stuff, including the Finn Bros album.
 vluvlu wrote:
Agreed!

 
eroz wrote:
Absolute classic. Never tired of hearing this. 
 
 


Absolute classic. Never tired of hearing this. 
 titanium667 wrote:

DREAM ON!   ...great song by the way. Neil, Nick and Paul (RIP) were a heck of a trio!
 

YES - INDEED!!
"10"
holy flashback batman.  haven't heard this in years...amazing how some songs just have a way of avoiding an "era"

Crowded House by ~Jupifang
©2007-2010 ~Jupifang

Monday the 15th I went to a concert of Crowed House in Amsterdam.... AMAZING :D




I loved this song the first time I heard it. Amazingly, I still love it 25 years later. Nuff said.
Lighters up.

Crowded House missing Paul Hester  by Emerson Biggins
Joe Joe
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Crowded House

Copyright All rights reserved

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Crowded House - Dont Dream Its Over" Live (1996)

"love the way his guitar on his solo he gets abit of feedback of the amp ... just makes that sound 10 times better .. f***in legendary and shockingly underrated band "

"will always be ad stay amazing! Just in perfect harmony "

"Paul Newell Hester, drummer
 (8 January 1959 - 26 March 2005) R.I.P."



 unbracketed wrote:
Glad I no longer have to dream it's over - as of today the fate of the USA is in new hands. Hopefully the Obama administration is up to the challenges.
 
DREAM ON!   ...great song by the way. Neil, Nick and Paul (RIP) were a heck of a trio!
 Marr wrote:
This sounds as good to me today as it did when I first heard it 24 years ago.
 

Yeah, I know what you mean... time flies when you're having fun... sigh...


This sounds as good to me today as it did when I first heard it 24 years ago.
Senior year of high school.
Oh, life and those nasty deluges. 9
 danagraves wrote:
Ah, my. Did a lot of studying for law school with Crowded House playing.....
 
I always associate this song with finishing art school. Great tune.

 jagdriver wrote:

Yep. It's up there with A Whiter Shade of Pale in terms of being an anthem of some kind. Roxy Music's Avalon might also qualify.

 
I agree!  We should start a list.