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River Of Dreams

Sometimes there is a song that touches you on a very deep level.
River of Dreams by Billy Joel is that song for me.

No matter how many times I listen to the song the words carry deep down to my soul and the words never fail to bring a tear to my eye.

There are times I suffer from insomnia, I have no problem actually falling asleep, it's staying asleep that's the problem.

On those nights, I will get up from bed and wander the house. I will not put on any lights, the darkness enveloping me.
Maybe I will sit in front of the computer with just the light of the screen to illuminate my world.
On those nights I find the darkness comforting as a blanket sheltering me from the elements.
Yet; I listen and I look as if the darkness holds an answer for me.
Somewhere in that darkness lies the answer I seek, just out of sight, just out of reach.

Like a line i the song says: Something so undefined, that it can only be seen, by the eyes of the blind

And so those nights I wander, looking, searching, ever seeking for the spot i can cross to the other side.


In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To the river so deep
I must be lookin' for something
Something sacred I lost

But the river is wide
And it's too hard to cross
even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and stand on the shore
I try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find what I've been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep
I've been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I'd never lose
Something somebody stole

I don't know why I go walking at night
But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is I've been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To the river so deep
I know I'm searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind
In the middle of the night (break)

I’m not sure about a life after this
God knows I've never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That is runnin' through the promised land (Long Five beat Pause)

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We're all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night
Southernman48 Southernman48 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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eight, it's not the fear of not returning..yes there is always the fear of the unknown, but there are those times when the need for fulfillment even outweighs that.<br />
In the daylight it seems so distant, like it doesn't even exist, maybe it's drowned out by the rush of everyday life, work, family, and life in general.<br />
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Sometimes I even find myself wondering if it is even real, or if it is just an illusion I seek, and yet the hole in the heart is real, to real to ignore.

thanks for sharing ur experience....loved the lyrics!