Speaking of Dreams

Joan Baez

About Speaking of Dreams

Speaking of Dreams is a 1989 album by Joan Baez that mixed personal compositions like the title song with political statements like "China", which was inspired by the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. (Baez also dedicated the album to the students of Tiananmen Square who "nonviolently, and at an enormous price, have changed the face of China forever.") The album featured collaborations with Paul Simon, Jackson Browne and the Gipsy Kings, and marked the beginning of a period where Baez notes she put her music ahead of the political activism that had preoccupied her for much of the prior decade.  


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Speaking of dreams 
Here we are in the glistening streets of Gay Paree 
Playing the Gipsy Kings 
After the rain and taking tea at the Ritz in boots and jeans 
With a teenage girl who said that it would be her grandest dream 
And speaking of dreams, I really must say 
I couldn't have dreamed you up 
Nor the way you burst into my life, rattled my cage 
And woke my sleeping demons up 

You were not yet born 
When my career began in '59 
We're a sign of the times 
Who cares if you are a breath of spring and I am vintage wine 
We come from two different worlds 
Like every other couple on the Rue de Rivoli 
You spent your youth in the rainforests of distant Camaroon 
Your father was a Navy captain, I am the Queen of Hearts 
And the daughter of the moon 

Speaking of dreams 
You took me to see the paintings of Paul Gaughin 
Speaking of dreams 
We stood in the midst of waterfalls, flaming trees 
Golden dogs and shining Tahitian ladies 
But it was you, not Paul Gaughin 
Who stopped my heart and then 
Started my life over again 

And if you feel as I do 
That we've erased the lines between reality 
And all our painted dreams 
Then take me down to where the Gipsies sing 
The songs their mothers knew 
Tie bright ribbons in my hair 
Lean on the wind and watch me while I dance for you 

And carry me off to the rainforests of distant Camaroon 
Tell me that you've always know that 
I am the Queen of Hearts 
And the daughter of the moon

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice. more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
• "Speaking of Dreams" is a song by American folk artist Joan Baez who is renowned for her distinctive voice and social activism.
Album Information
• The song "Speaking of Dreams" is the titular track from Joan Baez's 1989 studio album.
Song Meaning
• The song speaks about dreams, hopes, and anticipations, reflective of Baez's participations in social and political movements throughout her career.
• This song, like many of her others, is self-written - showcasing Baez's talent not just as a performer but also a songwriter.
• The album, including this song, features guest appearances by artists including Jackson Browne and Paul Simon, adding more layers to the music.
• Though not as widely popular as Baez's earlier works, "Speaking of Dreams" received praise for its emotional depth and lyrical eloquence.
• Baez performed "Speaking of Dreams" in multiple concerts and festivals throughout her career, often interlacing it with anecdotal experiences and her political and social views.
Unique Performance
• In her concerts, Baez often performed the song in an acoustic style, emphasizing the vulnerability and depth of the lyrics.
Recorded Label
• The album "Speaking of Dreams" was released under the label A&M Records, which had a notable roster of artists including The Police, Sting, and Bryan Adams.
Song Genre
• The song, "Speaking of Dreams," reflects Baez's folk roots, but also displays elements of pop and world music, showcasing her versatility and adaptability as a musician.

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