Friday, April 01, 2005

Don't Dream It's Over...

With all this Pope and Terry Schiavo stuff we Americans are not being made aware of this sad news, which I heard from my Australian friend this morning. Paul Hester, the drummer for Crowded House and Split Enz, has taken his own life at the age of 46. Having suffered from depression for some time, Hester hanged himself Saturday night, leaving two young daughters.

What a sad, sad story. There were also rumors he had suffered from a breakup with a girlfriend. Not a lot of details have been forthcoming although the Finn brothers (fellow Crowded House members Neil and Tim Finn) have canceled part of their European tour to return to Australia for the funeral.

Although I was not exactly a Crowded House fanatic, I liked them all right and I did follow them. One thing is for sure, the 80s would not have been the 80s without this band. They were a bit more mainstream than a lot of the bands I listened to but I always respected their own unique sound. You know how certain songs just stay with you and mark the times through which you lived? Don't Dream It's Over will always bring back rather scary memories of my freshman year in high school. It was played at high school dances and parties where everyone seemed to know all the words whether they were drunk or sober or...? It would come on the radio as I was riding in a car with a boy who didn't know how to drive very well (not that it mattered). Sitting on a bus heading for a debate team competition in some glamorous place like Rockford, Illinois, someone had a radio blasting and this song was playing. This song was everywhere, and it will always evoke the years of 1986-1987.

What does it bring back for you? In honor of Paul Hester, why not try it out yourself?
Don't Dream It's Over (Neil Finn)


There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
Don't ever let them win

From the album Crowded House

Single release date: December 1986


Crowded House's biggest hit in America, it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart.

Lyrics Copyright © 1986 Roundhead Music (BMI).

Rest in Peace, Paul Hester.