3 June 2009


I Dreamed A Dream

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
Words by Alain Boublil
Poor Susan Boyle. She proved that beauty certainly can be found in unexpected places. Didn't she sing that song so well! I examine the lyrics and there I find echoes of Susan's own humble life and the experience she has had in the public spotlight and at the hands of our ruthless media. "No song unsung", the tigers that come at night "turn your dream to shame", "But there are dreams that cannot be" and finally "life has killed the dream I dreamed". How brave of this simple woman to stand alone in the full glare of the media machine and to sing her song so sweetly. She really did dream a dream and if you're reading this blog Susan, I'm sorry that I previously posted a picture of you as a Yorkshire pudding! You're not, you're a flower of Scotland and I hope you find a way back to your simple life in your unexceptional Scottish village.


  1. Dream or not my friend her life is never going to be the same until the next " Susan" comes along.
    I feel she was ill advised & ill equipped for the media frenzy that blew up around her. Shame, because with nurturing she could have a career.

  2. Unfortunately I'm one of the few people in the world that doesn't think she's a great singer.

    In fact I think she's vastly overrated and she didn't interpret that song very well, just blasted through the whole of it with no thought to dynamics or rhythm or the mood of the song.

    Let's just say I sing it in a completely different way! (Not that I'm trying to say I'm great or anything...)

    I'll go away again now. ;)

  3. Susan reminded me of our own great Kate Smith from the first time I heard her.

    Who knew that someone who appeared to be so strong would be so fragile?

    I hope she gets the rest she needs, recovers completely, and still has a great singing career (with occasional visits to that little Scottish village, of course).

    Dancing is fine, but I didn't care for Diversity all that much.

  4. DAVID She may have to escape to New Zealand to the shelter of a safe little love nest with a Yorkshire hunk suitor like you! "Och aye David canya dae that agin?"
    ANNA We are all entitled to our opinions. It would be lovely to hear your version. It is such a lovely song.
    RHYMES No I didn't care for Diversity either. They were only dancers. Easily forgotten. What song would you sing if you were selected for "America's Got Talent!" ?

  5. Anonymous9:28 am

    I've been watching so many videos of this Show on Youtube, and Susan Boyle singing that song filled me so full of emotion I burst into tears lol.

    I didn't rate Diversity's act at ALL though. They didn't appear to be anything special to me, and I was gutted when they won.

    I hope that Susan gets the rest she needs and recovers well. Her life, no matter what, is never going to be the same again.

  6. YP, I would definitely sing "I Wanna Go Back To My Little Grass Shack In Sheffieldsleedsyorkshireenglandunitedkingdom, Where The Beefybeefygravygravyyorkshirepudding Go Swimming By" and thanks so much for asking.

  7. RHYMES That's one of my favourite numbers! Did you evet hear Whitney Houston's version?
    DAWN RUGRAT As you care so much Simon Cowell has agreed to jet her out to Vancouver. Susan will be staying with you fot a month or so...move over Jeff! There's room for three in the bed!

  8. If I remember correctly, in Whitney Houston's version there is enough shrieking and caterwauling to make one think a male cat with a set of twisted testicles is having pain in his pubic region whilst mating with the overheated object of his amour. And those sounds were just in the audience.


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