LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

Last night I felt
Real arms around me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

So, tell me how long
Before the last one ?
And tell me how long
Before the right one ?

The story is old - I KNOW
But it goes on
The story is old - I KNOW
But it goes on

Oh, GOES ON
And on
Oh, goes on
And on


A contrary choice for a single, unvilified by its poor chart placing. Starting with an evocative piano part accompanied by crowd noises from a BBC sound effects album, the song builds in tension before breaking splendidly into the main string-drenched section, as if waking from a dream.
Lyrically reminiscent of Back To The Old House, he once again squeezes huge amounts of emotion from few words. Superior in this song is his willful misuse of the word "real" - this is an unashamedly brilliant piece of songwriting: even the title of the song makes it clear the arms couldn't be real, but he still insists on singing that.
The third verse draws a link between the "last one" and the "right one", with the emphasis still on dreams; the clear point being that any relationship, whether real or not, would still be a dream.

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