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Let the river rock you like a cradle
Climb to the treetops, child, if you're able
Let your hands tie a knot across the table.
Come and touch the things you cannot feel.

And close your fingertips and fly where I can't hold you
Let the sun-rain fall and let the dewy clouds enfold you
And maybe you can sing to me the words I just told you,
If all the things you feel ain't what they seem.
And don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream.

The mocking bird sings each different song
Each song has wings - they won't stay long.
Do those who hear think he's doing wrong?
While the church bell tolls its one-note song
And the school bell is tinkling to the throng.
Come here where your ears cannot hear.

And close your eyes, child, and listen to what I'll tell you
Follow in the darkest night the sounds that may impel you
And the song that I am singing may disturb or serve to quell you
If all the sounds you hear ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream

The rising smell of fresh-cut grass
Smothered cities choke and yell with fuming gas
I hold some grapes up to the sun
And their flavour breaks upon my tongue.
With eager tongues we taste our strife
And fill our lungs with seas of life.
Come taste and smell the waters of our time.

And close your lips, child, so softly I might kiss you,
Let your flower perfume out and let the winds caress you.
As I walk on through the garden, I am hoping I don't miss you
If all the things you taste ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream .

The sun and moon both arise
And we'll see them soon through days and nights
But now silver leaves are mirrors, bring delights.
And the colours of your eyes are fiery bright,
While darkness blinds the skies with all its light.
Come see where your eyes cannot see.

And close your eyes, child, and look at what I'll show you;
Let your mind go reeling out and let the breezes blow you,
And maybe when we meet then suddenly I will know you.
If all the things you see ain't
quite what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream .
And you can follow; And you can follow; follow...



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    James MazurApr 25, 2013 at 3:06 am
    Richie, you will forever be etched in my mind. I saw you at the South Mtn Arena in Orange, NJ in '74...my first concert ever. And this song will live on as it was also featured in the film Coming Home. RIP. You will be missed.
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    UnregisteredDec 12, 2011 at 6:42 am
    This is a poem about immersing yourself in life. Feeling to the depths of your being without
    reservation. Embracing life fully, knowing that it is temporary. -- it is an ode to dreaming?
    the elder dreamer creator singing to a young one. An angel -a muse-speaking to an innocent heart. Music ,. Love are forever but this life "ain't nothing but a dream"
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    UnregisteredDec 7, 2011 at 3:53 am
    Follow your dreams, uninhibited by the traditions and paradoxes of the world you live in. Be idealistic in your youth and open your mind to everything so that you can learn what is and what is not in the world. Be like the "mocking bird" in the song if you want to truly experience life and all that it has to offer. Open your mind beyond what a preacher tells you in church because there is far, far more to consider about creation and the everlasting question of existence and why we were put on the earth than you'll ever find out in church ("the church bell's one-note song"). Not that there's anything wrong with church, but it's saying you have to open your mind and "let the breezes blow you. " and if you don't end up achieving your dream, then no matter. It's only life. So, "don't mind me 'cos i ain't nothin' but a dream. " and you can start again following a new dream, or try again on your original dream or goal. But whatever you do, just take it slow, be good to others, be extra kind to the poor, because he's saying to his child "as i walk on through the garden (heaven or a final zen) i am hoping i don't miss you. "

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