Dreams (1992) – The Cranberries

Can we all go back to the 90’s now? To me, the music from the Cranberries, in particular today’s song Dreams, reflects the breeziness of this age. I had almost forgotten about adding the Cranberries to my collection until I saw their name in an old CDR music collection. I think today’s song and their other big hit Linger are my favourites by them although I’m no doubt forgetting other songs by them. I liked Zombie when it came out, but not as much anymore.

Dreams is the debut single by the Irish rock band. It was originally released in 1992 and later appeared on the band’s debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? The song reached the top 50 of the US Hot 100 and the top 30 of the UK Singles Chart.

Oh, my life
Is changing every day
In every possible way
And oh, my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

[Chorus 1]
I know I’ve felt like this before
But now I’m feeling it even more
Because it came from you
Then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be

According to (recently departed) lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, Dreams was written for an early love; she explained, “I wrote that about my first love when I was living in Ireland … It’s about feeling really in love for the first time“. The song was later released on a demo tape with Linger that helped generate excitement for the band.

Guitarist Noel Hogan said of the song:

It’s only really since Dolores passed away that I’ve grown a proper appreciation for songs like ‘Linger’ and ‘Dreams’. They were just songs in the set list for us; everybody else was losing their mind about them. And when I listen to them now, I realise how great they are for someone so young, which I never, ever appreciated until a year ago. We must have played it a gazillion times in our lives and it just becomes a part of the set, but it’s different now. We’re so lucky to have left that behind, to have that legacy.

1. Dreams (The Cranberries Song) – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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20 comments on “Dreams (1992) – The Cranberries
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I didn’t really listen to them until this century…I knew a little about them in the 90s but yea…I like them a lot. It’s a jangle to it that is right up my alley.

    • I listened to them real early on and got hooked. It was a good time for music.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes it was…I sure as hell liked the 90s more than the 80s.

      • Yeh. I think if I was coming into early adulthood maturity in the 80’s I might have a different opinion. The whole Seattle / Alternative scene was raging in the early 90’s and that fit my musical bent at that time when I was looking for inspiration.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yea…with me Matt….I absolutly hated the 1980s with all of it’s fake synths with top 40. I was a Beatle guy and unlike you…NO one pushed them on me…in fact it was the opposite. Then the nineties came and guitars were back again!

      • Ok, I have a bit of that Lou Reed cynicism regarding the Beatles. But that doesn’t suggest I would ever downplay their impact. On the contrary, Lennon singing Twist and Shout in that version you presented would turn anyone into a nut including me in that era. That ‘Mother’ song Reed recommended by John is right up there.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Well if everyone was pushing any band on me I wouldn’t like it either… I was a lone wolf lol.
        I just listened to Mother the other day…it can bring tears to your eyes.

      • As we have been writing about this, I have been breaking down the Beatles comments about Bob.
        I know what you mean about pushing. The repetitive Beatles aerobics dance sessions we had in Primary school did more harm than good. Music seems to be a lot about personal context.
        I can’t believe Lou Reed put me onto that song, ‘Mother’. It brought tears to my eyes that’s, for sure, nearly as much as a Christina Perri song..lol

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        lol…I’ve been watching youtube’s “reaction” videos to Beatles and other songs. People who have never heard them before. They are fun to watch…and Mother was one of them….one lady was floored and wiped away tears.

      • I have been listening to them all my life. lol Yeh Mother is awesome.

      • I know you don’t want anyone pushing music onto you, but have you heard this by Perri….The instrumentals, rustic sound and background singing are most excellent:

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        I don’t mind Matt…not at all. If you pushed it every single day like people tried to push hair bands on me…that would be different! lol.

        Oh she has a beautiful voice…it’s pure quality. Everything is in sync and mixed perfectly!

      • She’s the ants pants Dude in my humble estimation. I haven’t heard better / as talented or someone as inventive in the last 2 decades. She wrote a song recently for her kid ‘You mean the whole wide world to me’. It was so Dylanish – how she would do that? You can see her at the recording studio…like I know my stuff. It’s impressive to see.

      • I think Peluso, The War on Drugs and Perri are at that echelon.

    • There’s another one from them which is probably the one I like most, but I forget its name. It’s quite obscure since the name escapes me.

    • It’s ‘ode to my family’. Man I love that one.

  2. Yeah Matt, The Cranberries, quite nice. I can hear folk music influencies. Pleasant!

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