“Dream on” is a motivational poem

In 1970, Steven Tyler along with 4 others formed a blues-based hard rock band- Aerosmith. “Dream on” was one of the tracks from their eponymous debut album, and it was their first major hit.

Before I got to the original track, I had already stumbled upon Eminem’s cover, and the chorus instantly became a brainworm (stuck song syndrome). When I finally heard the original track, I was certain this would be amongst my list of evergreen songs like Hotel California (Eagles), Imagine (John Lennon), Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan), Stairway to heaven (Led Zepellin)and a few other songs.

I usually struggle to catch the lyrics, but with “Dream on”, I was able to capture the majority of the lines the very first time I heard it. Since I managed to get the lyrics, I pondered on the meaning behind the lines.

It becomes clear that Steven Tyler, the lead vocalist & lyricist, wants to touch upon the idea of the fragility of time and the importance of dreaming. Not just dreaming, but dreaming until your dreams come true. In the first and second stanza, there is a clear mention of how quickly time flies and having to experience failure before enjoying the fruits of success.

The line “Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away” accurately conveys the sense of urgency one needs to have to pursue their dreams. It is difficult to ignore the passion Steven Tyler injects into the song, especially when he starts screaming “Dream on”. It is nothing but ear-piercing brilliance!

Thank you, Aerosmith for conveying “Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear”! It is important to keep marching on irrespective of the situation.

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