Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer - Meaning of the song
This is Ozzy's vision of a better world for his children. He envisions a place where they are happy and safe.
The song was written about three years before it was released. It took on new significance after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001.
Ozzy compares this to John Lennon's "Imagine," which contains the line, "You might say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." The Beatles were a big influence on Ozzy, as they also became stars after growing up in a poor section of England.
Another reference to John Lennon is the line "After all, there's only just the two of us." This is an acknowledgment of the Beatles song "Two of Us." Although Paul McCartney wrote it to his wife Linda, it has since become accepted as a description of his relationship to close friend Lennon, and was even used as the title to a VH1 TV-movie about them.
Osbourne asked Paul McCartney to play bass on this song but the former Beatle declined because "he couldn't improve what was already there."
Dreamer - Lyrics
Gazing through the window at the world outside Wondering will mother earth survive Hoping that mankind will stop abusing her sometime After all there's only just the two of us And here we are still fighting for our lives Watching all of history repeat itself Time after time I'm just a dreamer I dream my life away I'm just a dreamer Who dreams of better days I watch the sun go down like everyone of us I'm hoping that the dawn will bring a sign A better place for those Who will come after us ... This time I'm just a dreamer I dream my life away oh yeah I'm just a dreamer Who dreams of better days Your higher power may be God or Jesus Christ It doesn't really matter much to me Without each others help there ain't no hope for us I'm living in a dream of fantasy Oh yeah, yeah, yeah If only we could all just find serenity It would be nice if we could live as one When will all this anger, hate and bigotry ... Be gone? I'm just a dreamer I dream my life away Today I'm just a dreamer Who dreams of better days Okay I'm just a dreamer Who's searching for the way Today I'm just a dreamer Dreaming my life away Oh yeah, yeah, yeah