Dreams
By: Andrew Wyatt, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin

Written by: Andrew Wyatt, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin

Versions:
  1. Dreams
    Available on Dreams.
    Credits
    Cassidy Turbin: Engineer
    David Greenbaum: Engineer
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Producer, Vocals
    Serban Ghenea: Mix
    Greg Kurstin: Producer
  2. Dreams (Colors mix)
    Available on Colors.
  3. Dreams (instrumental) (5:14)
    Available on Dreams.
    Credits
    Greg Kurstin: Bass, Drums, keyboards
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Electric)
  4. Dreams (a cappella) (5:14)
    Available on Dreams.
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Vocals
  5. Dreams (radio edit)
    Available on Dreams.
  6. Dreams (edited album version)
    Available on Dreams.
 
Lyrics:
Dreams [Version (a)]:

Come on out of your dreams
And wake up from your reverie
The time is here, don't go to sleep
Streets are running on the brink
They say that we've got nothing
But a dollar for a life of sin
'Cause there's trouble on the way
Oh there's trouble on the way
Get a dog and pony for a judgment day

Here we are running circles
Around and round and round and round
When nothing's right, just close your eyes
Close your eyes and you're gone

Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world

Now can these broken wings free me
About a light year from reality
If you want to fall in a dream
You can put the weight right on to me

Here we are running circles
Around and round and round and round
When nothing's right, just close your eyes
Close your eyes and you're gone

Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world
Nothing gonna get me in my world

Ahh stop fucking with my dreams dreams yea
Ahh stop fucking with my dreams dreams yea

Ahh here we are running circles
Around and round and round and round
When nothing's right, just close your eyes
Close your eyes and you're gone

Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
All day and all night
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world

I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world
Nothing gonna get me in my world
Dreams (Colors mix) [Version (b)]:

Come on out of your dreams
And wake up from your reverie
The time is here, don't go to sleep
Streets are running on the brink
They say that we've got nothing
But a dollar for a life of sin
'Cause there's trouble on the way
There's trouble on the way
Oh get a dog and pony for a judgment day

Here we are running circles
Around and round and round and round
When nothing's right, just close your eyes
Just close your eyes and you're gone

Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world

Now can these broken wings free me
About a light year from reality
If you want to fall in a dream
You can put the weight right on to me

Here we are running circles
Around and round and round and round
When nothing's right, just close your eyes
Close your eyes and you're gone

Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world
Nothing gonna get me in my world

Ahh stop dragging down my dreams dreams yea
Ahh stop dragging down my dreams dreams yea

Ahh
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
She's making me high
Dreams dreams dreams
She's making me high
I want to get me free
Nothing gonna get me in my world
 
Dreams (instrumental) [Version (c)]:

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The Song:

"Dreams" was released as a single in June 2015, and then a new mix of the song was put on Beck's 2017 album Colors, as well.

Beck said he wrote "Dreams" a few years before it came out as a single, "with an old friend" (Greg Kurstin). He liked how it was a marriage of garage rock energy/riffs with dance beats. Rolling Stone reported that the song went through "more than a dozen incarnations," which is interesting because it ended on a straightforward, Beck-ish guitar riff and big beat. (It reminds me of "E-Pro" that way.) I cannot imagine what else might have been in this song in its other incarnations! Also, Andrew Wyatt of the band Miike Snow co-wrote the song, but it is unknown what he contributed (he's not a credited performer on the song, just a co-writer; it's the only song with Beck he's been associated with).

Beck also has stated numerous times, he was writing "Dreams" with a mind to the stage, and it does shine there - the full catchy riff, the mindbending heavy drop in the middle, the melody, all expand. In fact, I believe Beck's slight remixing of the song into the 2017 "Colors mix" was probably influenced by what the song had become while they played it live in 2015 and 2016.

That said, the single mix and the Colors mix do have a lot of similarities. As far as I can tell, the song is identical up through the first two choruses. Beck then does a trippy breakdown as a verse replacement. The single mix feels tighter, and uses the phrase "stop fucking with my dreams" here. The Colors mix changes the phrase to "stop dragging down my dreams," and emphasizes the guitar and I think adds some new bass (Beck's touring bassist, Dwayne Moore, is credited on the album version - he wasn't around when "Dreams" came out as a single). After the breakdown, the ending of the song is also tightened up on the Colors mix. The single mix goes into the bridge ("here we are running circles") before the chorus and then repeats the closing lines to end the song. The Colors mix skips the bridge, going straight from the breakdown into the chorus. Instead of repeating the closing lines, the song has a little outro. (Beck also removes one line, near the end of the single mix, Beck sings "all day and all night", but that's not present on the album.) There may also be other smaller details throughout that are different, but these are the main structural ones.

Anyway, the song is a solid one, as I've said it reminds me of some of Beck's older songs -- it fits right into his series of rock songs with solid, catchy electric guitar riffs (i.e., "Devils Haircut," "E-Pro," "Go It Alone," "Nausea," whatnot). But it has enough of its own vibe, mainly that heavy breakdown, that it still feels unique. Lyrically, it's probably not Beck's most interesting song, by any means. It does fit, however, with the lyrics of Colors and its numerous mentions about striving to feel free, finding your life, maintaining hope.

 
Live:

Played live 61 times:
Earliest known live version: August 4, 2015
Latest known live version: November 7, 2017