Dreaming With a Broken Heart
John Mayer Lyrics


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When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The waking up is the hardest part

You roll out of bed and down on your knees
And for a moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here
Is she standing in my room?
No, she's not
'Cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The giving up is the hardest part

She takes you in with her crying eyes
Then all at once you have to say goodbye
Wondering, could you stay, my love?
Will you wake up by my side?

No, she can't
'Cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

Now do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my, roses in my hands?
Would you get them if I did?

No, you won't
'Cause you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone





When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
The waking up is the hardest part.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of John Mayer's song "Dreaming With a Broken Heart" describe the pain of heartbreak and the difficulty of moving on from a lost love. The singer of the song seems to be experiencing a dream where his former partner visits him, but when he wakes up, he realizes that she is gone, and he must face the reality of their separation. The chorus repeats the lines "when you're dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part" and "when you're dreaming with a broken heart, the giving up is the hardest part," emphasizing the emotional torment of the situation.


The second verse focuses on the memory of the lost love, with the singer imagining his former partner's "crying eyes" and the pain of saying goodbye. He wonders if there is any chance of rekindling their relationship, asking "could you stay, my love?/ Will you wake up by my side?" But he knows deep down that she is truly "gone, gone, gone, gone, gone." The final stanza adds another layer of symbolism to the song through the repeated imagery of falling asleep with roses in his hand. The roses might represent a gesture of love or an attempt to hold onto something that is already lost. Either way, the singer knows that even if he were to hold onto those roses, his former partner would not return to him - "you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone."


Overall, the lyrics of "Dreaming With a Broken Heart" use powerful imagery and repetition to convey the intense emotional pain of heartbreak and the difficulty of moving on from a lost love. The song is a poignant reflection on the complexities of human relationships and the ways in which we try to hold on to what we know we have lost.


Line by Line Meaning

When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
Being in love with someone who broke your heart makes it hard to even dream


The waking up is the hardest part
But waking up from that dream and realizing that it is not true hurts even more


You roll out of bed and down on your knees
You try to stand up but your broken heart makes you physically weak


And for a moment you can hardly breathe
The pain caused by the heartbreak suffocates you


Wondering was she really here
You question the reality of the love you shared with her


Is she standing in my room?
You search for her presence in your surroundings to feel less alone


No, she's not
But the reality is that she is gone


'Cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone
You repeat to yourself that she is indeed gone to face the reality of the heartbreak


The giving up is the hardest part
It is hard to accept the fact that the relationship is over


She takes you in with her crying eyes
You vividly remember her tearful eyes and feel her emotional pain


Then all at once you have to say goodbye
But you have to let go of the relationship you once had


Wondering, could you stay, my love?
You still wish for her to come back and stay with you


Will you wake up by my side?
You long to feel her presence and love once again


No, she can't
But the reality is that she won't come back


Now do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
You wonder if buying her flowers would have changed the outcome of the relationship


Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
You question the actions you could have taken to prevent the heartbreak


Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
You regret not being able to show her the love she deserved


Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my, roses in my hands?
The thought of losing her makes you want to hold on to something as special as the roses


Would you get them if I did?
You wonder if she would have appreciated your efforts if you had tried harder


No, you won't
But the sad truth is that she won't appreciate it anymore


'Cause you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone
You repeat to yourself that she is indeed gone to face the reality of the heartbreak


When you're dreaming with a broken heart,
Even in dreams, the pain of heartbreak is present


The waking up is the hardest part.
However, waking up to the cruel reality is even harder.




Lyrics © REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
Written by: John Clayton Mayer

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