Interpretations of Only in Dreams

If you have been reading this blog for awhile now, you might remember a series of blogs that I did that focused on interpreting something Duran Duran did, usually a song but sometimes a video.  I haven’t done a blog like that for a long time so I figured that I’m long overdue.  In fact, I have not done any of the songs off Paper Gods and that album came out over two years now.  I’m clearly slacking.  Thus, to get back into this series, I thought about which song would make a good one to interpret, to figure out.  As soon as I thought about the track listing, I knew that I had to cover the song, Only in Dreams.

To remind everyone about the lyrics to the song, here they are:

Only in Dreams

Only in dreams girl am I part of your world
My heart it screams or so it seems
Only in dreams

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams
Repeat

Only in dreams girl where my crime goes unheard
What does it mean to fly the scene?
Only in dreams girl

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

Only in dreams I'm in dopamine time
It's in my genes, it get's extreme
Only in dreams

How did I dream you? You're the queen of steel dunes
Look what you done - my colours run
When ever you come too

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams

There's a vampire in the limousine
Sun's going down like a symphony
She keeps a guard up while her nails are wet
I don't want to wake up

On the rooftop we can feel the drop
She bathes in the moon while the shadows watch
I should be nervous but my eyes forget
I don't want to wake up
I'm not gonna wake up

Only in my - in my dreams - only in my dreams
Don't want to wake up
... dreams

The song starts with the line, “Only in dreams girl am I a part of your world.”  Hmm…before I go even further, this seems like a fantasy.  In the first real verse, the song mentions a “crime that is unheard” and the phrase “to fly the scene”.  What could the scene be?  Could it be that the scene is being a part of a social circle, a group of people?  Where and how would a crime fit into that?  I wonder if the fantasy is the crime?  Hmm…

The chorus talks about a vampire in a limo, a woman keeping her guard up, not wanting to wake up.  What about the next verse?  “It’s in my genes.  It gets extreme”.  Then, there is the repeated line of “not wanting to wake up.”

Okay.  I admit it.  This isn’t easy to interpret, for sure.  A lot of the lines seem to be not connected, at all.  That said, when I listen to this song, I cannot help but feel like it is about fandom.  Could the fantasy be about being connected to the subject of one’s fandom, to our idol?  Being a part of your idol’s world?  If that is part of a dream, I wouldn’t want to wake up either.  I feel like fandom is in my genes.  I’ll go a step further.  The line about the vampire in the limo reminds me of how some fans refer to Nick as a “vampire” of sorts and he certainly might ride in a limo.

Could the subject of the fantasy be a woman?  “She bathes in moonlight while the shadows watch.”  Could this fantasy be mysterious?  The sun is going down after all.  Could it be about being drawn to someone mysterious or other-worldly?  Sure.

So, if I had to guess, the song is probably more about being attracted to a mysterious woman and having the fantasy of meeting her.  That theory fits more of the lyrics, but I really like my theory that it is about fandom.  After all, the night time imagery seems right since a lot of fan activities like concerts happen at night.  Celebrities ride in limos.  Plus, if fandom is a fantasy, a dream, then I know that I don’t want to wake up.

Okay, people, what do the rest of you think?  What is the song Only in Dreams all about?

-A

3 thoughts on “Interpretations of Only in Dreams”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your interpretation of this song,This is one of those songs that I just absorb, as it is so vague. The only line that held meaning for me was the line ‘there’s a Vampire in the limosine’ which of course made me think of Nick. I suppose the girl he references in the begining of the song is the vampire, but I’ll go with my first impression instead.

  2. I want to ignore what Nick or Simon wanted the lyric to mean: my own idea is that it is about the fans’ dreams, what we dream of them (keep sex away…LOL!)
    Geee .. I miss lyrics of Union of the Snake, Reflex…LOL!

  3. I do miss the lyrics Simon used to do also. He’d spin a fantastical story that had no connection to the real world. Union Of The Snake was so imaginative .Didn’t he once say he’d read that humans were descended from reptiles and that inspired the song? Love their sexy songs, but would adore one of those sci-fi songs too, just for old times sake.

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