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.