Don’t Dream It’s Over is a hit track from the self-titled debut album of Crowded House. Like most songs penned by Neil Finn, the meaning is open to interpretation. Neil let’s us in on some key moments in the song’s creation and talks about the important work he and his wife, Sharon, are doing with So They Can.
The Meaning of Don’t Dream It’s Over
Neil discusses the double entendre meaning of Don’t Dream It’s Over. While the song has a blissful melancholy, it encourages us to stand by our dreams and to stand by each other. Too often, to this very day, we are divided by walls or the imaginary concerns of the world.
A Cutting-Edge Music Video
The music video for Don’t Dream It’s Over was cutting edge at the time. The tour through the house was surreal. And words scrawled across the bottom of the film added new layers of meaning. Not to mention the abstract objects floating through the air and smashing on the screen. The music video captured the inner workings of our distracted minds.
The Song’s Legacy
Don’t Dream It’s Over resonates to this day. And Stars from Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande to Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder continue to reinterpret and breathe life into this timeless 80’s hit. Neil Finn, Crowded House Ambassador, wrote Don’t Dream It’s Over. The band released the track in the fall of 1986. It was Crowded House’s biggest international hit, charting at number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the US by the spring of 1987.
So They Can
Neil and his wife Sharon are doing their part to keep dreams alive for young Africans. They are ambassadors for So They Can. The nonprofit organization provides education, housing, and investment in African communities. So They Can builds schools and medical clinics – they provide a loving home to orphaned and displaced children, and they invest in social businesses. These businesses create jobs and develop sustainable revenue. Check them out at So They Can or click this image to donate.