Song Analysis

Sweet Dreams

Sunday 7 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

Coming soon! In the meantime, read Tori’s quotes about the song

(about the new version of the song on Tales of a Librarian) "’Sweet Dreams’ was originally written when George Bush Snr. was invading Iraq and who would have thought that we’d be here again, more than 10 years later, with the son attacking the same country?" (Hot Press, November 19, 2003)

"When I wrote that [Sweet Dreams] in late 1989-1990 about the current George [Bush]’s father and where we were heading at that time, I had no idea that the song would ever be relevant again. We had moved on as a country; we were never going back to that place. Nothing happened. I even didn’t play it that much. People would request it and I’d say, ’No, this is silly, it’s like walking down Republican lane.’ Why would you. And then it becomes quite relevant now, so that’s why it made the record." (The Canberra Times, January 1, 2004)

"Well, it [music] can chronicle time, clearly. And yet, as it’s mirroring what’s going on, sometimes it’s the match that you throw on the kindling that sparks conciousness. And sometimes it’s not just one piece of music. Sometimes it is a barrage. You get a spark here and a spark there and I think we’re beginning to see that again, like we did in the 90’s. We had it at different time periods, where you have music periods reflecting the time. If you really look back at your American history.

George Bush’s father had been reigning when Grunge was on the horizon in its infancy. When I was writing Little Earthquakes, the father was in power and I wrote a song called ’Sweet Dreams’, which was about the father. And we have a song on this record that really adressed the American people about the son. And ’Dark Side of the Sun’. And ’Father’s Son’. There is a lot of this, what would you say, it’s a parallel to me to the Roman Empire, of how lineage and power had been passed on in the land of the free of all places now. We’re living that, we’re dealing with that now. It’s very poetic to me how it’s occurring, the parallels." (Pressetext.austria, June 26, 2007)