If You Are but a Dream
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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If you are but a dream
I hope I never waken
It's more than I could bear
To find that I'm forsaken

If you're a fantasy
Then I'm content to be
In love with lovely you
And pray my dream comes true

I long to kiss you
But I would not dare
I'm so afraid that
You may vanish in the air

So darling
If our romance would break up
I hope I never wake up
If you are but a dream

I long to kiss you
But I would not dare
I'm so afraid that
You may vanish in the air

So darling
If our romance would break up




I hope I never wake up
If you are but a dream

Overall Meaning

The song "If You Are But A Dream" by Frank Sinatra, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl, is a romantic and dreamy song about the fear of losing the one you love. The lyrics express the hope of never waking up from a dream where the singer is in love with his significant other. The song's message is that the love that the singer feels is so intense and meaningful that he cannot bear the thought of it being just a dream. The lyrics convey the idea that the love between two people is an ethereal and fragile concept, and the singer is afraid that it will disappear at any moment.


The song is beautifully written and beautifully sung by Sinatra, who was known for his ability to convey emotions through his music. His voice adds depth and sincerity to the lyrics, making the song a timeless classic. The song also has a haunting quality to it, with its slow and melodic tune, which matches the dreamy and romantic lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

If you are but a dream
If the love I feel for you is only a figment of my imagination


I hope I never waken
I hope to never discover the truth and continue living in this blissful fantasy


It's more than I could bear
The thought of losing you is a pain I cannot sustain


To find that I'm forsaken
To realize that the love I feel is not reciprocated would break me


If you're a fantasy
If my love for you exists only in my mind


Then I'm content to be
I am happy to live in this dream world and cherish you


In love with lovely you
Despite the possibility that this love may not be real, I am still deeply in love with you


And pray my dream comes true
I hope that my wish for this love to be true becomes a reality


I long to kiss you
I yearn for the touch of your lips on mine


But I would not dare
I fear that if I were to try, you may disappear and my dream would end


I'm so afraid that
My fear keeps me from taking any risks


You may vanish in the air
You may disappear into thin air, leaving me alone and heartbroken


So darling
My beloved


If our romance would break up
If our love were to end


I hope I never wake up
I hope to never face the reality of our love ending


If you are but a dream
If my love for you is only a fantasy




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Kshitij Gour

If you are but a dream
I hope I never waken,
It's more than I could bear
To find that I'm forsaken.

If youre a fantasy
Then I'm content to be
In love with lovely you,
And pray my dream comes true.

I long to kiss you
But I would not dare,
I'm so afraid that
You may vanish in the air,

So darling,
If our romance would break up,
I hope I never wake up,
If you are but a dream.



All comments from YouTube:

hound dawg

Never actually realized how beautiful this song was until I saw Woody Allen's "Radio Days". This truly is one of the greatest songs of the Golden Era. Bar none!

ddkoda

We can't forget Axel Stordahl's gorgeous orchestration as a critical part of  this effort. His masterful use of strings helps this song soar to the reaches of the outer universe. 

moggs

A masterpiece. One of my desert island recordings. Never tire of hearing it. FS is so vulnerable as he sings the beautiful lyrics.

Dylan McGaharn

great arranger arranged all the songs for the essential frank sinatra and the tommy dorsey orchestra

charles pope

amen and thank you  Before all else Axel Stordahl was a icon and copied by many thereafter   but not on Colombia Records

Vincent Edmondson

If I could sing, this is the song that I would have sung to my beautiful wife!!!

Olive Albers

Me to to my late husband

Ted Hoeborn

One of the best uses of a song in a movie (in my opinion!)  was this song in Woody Allen's "Radio Days." To me the song and scene were perfect together. I'm not a critic so I don't know how else to say it.  But if nothing else, the film led me to this song.

Dedra Kaye DeHart

just watched this scene and the music and the walk around Radio City Music Hall is utterly sublime. I think it's a perfect pairing.

moggs

I'd not heard this song until watching Radio Days,and thankfully Woody played the entire song,not just a snippet.It soon became one of my very favourite Sinatra tracks. His vulnerability is so captivating in this beautiful rendition of a terrific song.

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