Dream On Song Analysis

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One song inspired by the words of the songwriter’s father, saved one of America’s greatest rock and roll band from being dropped by their label. Aerosmith, a renowned rock and roll band, would not have managed to make their mark in the legacy of rock and roll if not for “Dream On.6” The song “Dream On” is from the Aerosmith’s debut album in 1972. The song was written by Steven Tyler and was recorded in Intermedia Studios. Columbia Records, their label, were focusing on Bruce Springsteen at the time, therefore spent no money in promoting Aerosmith’s debut album. Due to the poor sales, that was mainly a result of the lack of promotion, the label started to consider dropping the band. However, after the song “Dream On” was released as a single…show more content…
In fact, Joe Perry, the guitarist of the group, told Classic Rock magazine in 2002 that he did not like “Dream On” that much since it was a slow song, however, it did help them get them heard on radios. The form of the song is quite unique. It does not follow the usual formats, which is apparent since the chorus does not come until after 2 minutes into the song. The song is arranged as following: Intro, Verse, B Section, Interlude, Verse, Chorus, Interlude 2, Chorus, Bridge, Out Chorus. Each section of the song is at different lengths, for example the first verse is 12 bars while the second verse is 8 bars. The second interlude is similar to the intro of the song, except it is only 7 bars long and is played in major instead of minor scale. This format of the song makes it a highly unusual…show more content…
In his autobiography Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, Tyler writes that he would listen to his father, a Julian-trained musician, play the piano. "That's where I got that 'Dream On' chordage," he says. According to Tyler, the song is about the hunger to be someone and achieve your dreams. He also says in his book, "This song sums up the s--t you put up with when you're in a new band. Most of the critics panned our first album, and said we were ripping off the Stones. That's a good barometer of my anger at the press, which I still have. 'Dream On' came of me playing the piano when I was about 17 or 18, and I didn't know anything about writing a song. It was just this little sonnet that I started playing one day. I never thought that it would end up being a real

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