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Riff: Benjamin Gibbard – “Dream Song”

Oct 6, 2012

He has this one where he’s being pursued, by every woman he ever knew/But at first grasp he wakes and gasps

from lyrics by Benjamin Gibbard

Three relationships…drinking and then not drinking,” so the virgin solo LP back story goes. Post a cappella curtain-call, “Dream Song” hits the songwriter’s pillow hard, a haunting Elliott Smith-esque brood of a waltz, with a smirk in its cheek as it spirals into REM’s most fearful tunnels.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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