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Just A Dream Song of the Day

I chose Just A Dream because I have been listening to it since it came out and I just love the song itself and any of them by Carrie Underwood.  I always just listen to music never really dig into what they mean. Now that I dug into the song, I found out more about some other songs by the singer and her song writer.

Carrie Underwood actually only co writes her songs. She has someone else write them and she just helps them out with them to give them an input on it. Hillary Lindsey, Carrie Underwood’s, song writer, thought it would be great to write a song about a girl getting ready for her wedding but then suddenly realize that she is getting ready for her husband's funeral.

Just a Dream" is a mid-tempo song backed by an acoustic guitar, drum kit, bass guitar and a string section . The song chronicles an 18-year-old woman going to the church in her wedding dress, with the listener believing she's going to her wedding. However, as the song goes on, it's revealed that she's actually going to the funeral of her husband, who was a soldier killed in action. During the funeral, she wishes that everything going on at the moment is all "just a dream." The woman is eventually given a folded up flag, which is only given to the next of kin, which includes spouse, blood relative or someone who has been granted permission by the courts to be their next of kin.

When I first listened to it I thought of it as a military type of wedding but then I caught on right away that it was talking about something else. All the way through the song it kind of gives you different feelings like one moment its like a wedding then the next it sounds like a funeral. It just a song for both of them until the end when you finally realize what it is about.


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  • This song reminded me of my uncle, Bill Croghan. He was a sheriff, who passed away not too long ago. And his wife was handed a flag at the funeral -- as said in the lyrics. I knew that the two in the song had to be married, because otherwise they wouldn't give the flag to her if she wasn't his spouse. At first I thought it could have been a dream, but I realized she go very emotional and her voice became really high towards the end. I could also hear the guitar through out the song and the orchestra in the outro. I could just hear her pain in her voice and how much she wish it were a dream. I think the song was pretty much explanatory. I really liked the song, although I'm not a huge fan of country. But it's hard not to like Carrie Underwood's songs.
  • I really liked your song choice and the meaning behind it. How it starts off with their wedding day, but then switches over to his funeral. The girl doesn't want to accept the fact that he is really gone, because if she did, all of the pain would come rushing in more than it has, and I don't think she could handle it. It seems to be like they didn't have a whole lot of time together by the time he went overseas. I like that you pointed out the flag, because that proved that they were married and I also feel like that is a really emotional part of the song. The last thing I will point out is the gun shots at the funeral, because that metaphorically shows the pain that is heavy on her chest and that ring of the guns really affects you. I have experienced it before and it's not easy to experience. This was a really good song choice with the lyrics and the musical aspect adding more emotion to the song.
  • I really enjoy this song, but I feel that it doesn't have much of a deeper meaning then what the words are actually saying. As we talked about in class, the lyrics are sad enough, but they still add emotional music behind it to make us feel even more sad. It is interesting hearing who wrote the song because you would thing the singer would want to sing about something they themselves have gone through.
  • From the beginning of this song, I pretty much knew that it was about a wedding / funeral related topic. Dressing up in a veil, going into church, they all relate to that theme. My thoughts about what the song is based on changed though after the third verse. At first, I thought the song was about a wedding that lead to a divorce, but after hearing the lyric "then they handed her a folded flag", I pretty much knew what it was about from then on. As Torie said, the flag is only given to the spouse, blood relative or someone who has been given permission. From this, I can infer that the person she was singing about had to have been her husband. Overall, very emotional song that has a lot of background meaning.
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