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We Can Dream On

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We Can Dream On

It used to be that many dreamed. At least that is the way it seemed. But that was more than a few years ago now. A good life in which we all starred; a house with fence around the yard: The dream which the hard-working man could strive for. . . Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. We can dream on; we can dream on. We only had to go to school, Be sure to follow every rule, like paying toward our own security plan with special taxes all must pay. They rise; we pay them anyway, believing we’ll get by in our great gold years Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. . . In years when wars were being fought, The dream, still strong, was being sought, by Veterans returning to their loved ones. Prosperity came after war, for everyone kept wanting more, so things improved, at least as I recall them. . . Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. . . The kids who went to college would then graduate and as they should, could work in their profession, raise their families. Eventually they’d have a house and growing older with their spouse, look forward to retirement, their home paid for. . . Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. . . Retirement funds in just one year ran dry and CEO’s, I hear, got bonuses while laying off their workers. Young graduates cannot find work and horrors round each corner lurk for those who lose their jobs and source of income. Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. . . Today we have to buckle down and try hard not to show a frown while searching for a job that pays less money while politicians talk their talk but don’t know how to walk the walk, and sit there making sure they get their raises! Chorus: We can dream on; we can dream on. . . The Congress just keeps playing dumb And half the country has gone numb while stressing over what’s in store for us now because of lies that we were told, like how we’d live when we got old. “Dream on” I say (but not in Mama’s same tone). Chorus: We can dream ON; We can dream ON. . . For the HALLELUJAH Contest of Frank H.

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  1. Date: 4/7/2013 8:08:00 PM

    I understand that there's some dissatisfaction in your country but don't know enough to be able to comment on the sentiment of your poem beyond saying that it is quite rousing. Well written. - Red

  1. Date: 2/20/2013 8:47:00 AM

    I have tried to put words to a song but fail each time. You did a great job with this one. I can sing different words to a song but when it comes to actually sitting a writing I lose something and words don't want to come. love phyl

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 8:29:00 PM

    Hello Andrea, Stopping by with sincere thanks for your kind comments. It is appreciated more than words or can say... Wishing you the best Valentine's Day YET! Always & Forever :-) LINDA

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 12:32:00 AM

    Boy, if that ain't the truth, you know back in my 20's "25-28 ? I read it in bible or had a dream ? , that when a light skinned man of color came into power,,, that would be the beginning of the end. I always thought it would be a pope ;} I put up an old poem ;}

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/13/2013 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debbie, I hope that was in your head and not in the Bible. I do not blame our president for this. It started many many years ago and was accelerated with 9/11.
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:47:00 PM

    Hi Andrea, this is one stupendous write, dealing with topical issues in the light of what obtained once, and quite pleasingly lyrical, for all i know. It beats me how it missed the bus in the contest!! Jag

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 2:29:00 PM

    Well, hey, this one is very consistent, which is what I call good poetry. I am not real familiar with the tune, but it looks like you have done a great job. I can't say how true the whole thing is. You did a great job of spotlighting the evils of greed and crookedness.

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 2:59:00 PM

    WOW! You did an amazing job with this, Andrea! Maybe you should send this to congress - not that they'd change their ways. I'm sure this will score very high in the contest. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 11:00:00 AM

    Yes. I feel sorry for the young kids nowadays, some working two or three jobs, many with no jobs. Good work, Andrea. Luck in the contest Love, daver

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 2:00:00 PM

    I heard that...this is well said Andrea. You can write about anything it seems. Good luck in the contest!

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 7:20:00 PM

    Andrea dear poet, this write of yours...this song, instills in this soul, the joy a poor soul finds stumbling across a lost coin, the sadness they feel for the souls who have lost their jobs, their secure stance in a food line, their dancing feet in second hand shoes...the smiles on their faces when Jesus came their way ! Thanx for this write, it made me feel the lite in my burdens ! Have a wonderful evening my dear friend...much love, james

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 11:25:00 AM

    Andrea a message in a poem that is so true. All the issues of what we worry about and fear,and dreams that might never come true. A great write. Good luck in the contest. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 5:23:00 AM

    Andrea; This is so good. I guess we just have to keep on dreaming. Good luck in contest. I have to go to work now. Have a nice day. Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 11:11:00 PM

    Too true, I'm afraid... I think you covered everything, from prosperity to near poverty, all thanks to our 'leaders! who are so out of touch with OUR realities. I could go on... but suffice to say I'm disgusted. Gotta keep those dreams alive, even if they're all we have. BRAVO Andrea!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 10:35:00 PM

    This is excellent Andrea and Spot on! You did your homework well. Of course we are living it!

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 6:21:00 PM

    Great Lyric....ENJOYED!!!I love it (But not in mama's same tone/Very nice, as we dream on.../I have one poetry question, What is the title of the book you use for WORDS and DEFINITIONS??God bless...Rick

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 5:04:00 PM

    Good song. ~Soupmail~ JH

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 4:55:00 PM

    Good work here Andrea, I wonder how its all going to pan out.. I hope this takes a win in the contest.."

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 2:30:00 PM

    You have captured it all in this lyric. I liked how you built the tempo of thoughts. Powerful, insightful. A topper in the winning list for sure. Enjoyed every bit of it.

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 1:24:00 PM

    love this, my friend - did you create some music for this as well?

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 7:39:00 AM

    We will die dreaming dear when it comes to politics.Their promises are made in fantasy world.Fabulous .

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 7:04:00 AM

    A. Lot of truth here. Good luck with contest although you probably won't need it.

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 3:38:00 AM

    I am sure that it will top the list..Interesting work..The question is can we dream on?...Enjoyed reading this morn..Good luck in the contest..Sara

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 1:59:00 AM

    phenomenal piece of poetry causing me to continue to dream each day Andrea .. we all need to dream more positives in our lives luv .. thankxx for this wondrous write my friend ..luv ..

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 1:13:00 AM

    Hi Andrea powerful lyric, same in this country to a degree, politicians lining their own nests and to hell with the rest of us, loved this, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 3:16:00 PM

    Betrayal found a place to live when we were always asked to give. The promise of the moon and stars. Became a promise made of scars. The dream lives on in a faithful heart. But fairness soon will surely part. Sing on Andrea. Love it when you get on a tear. :)

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 2:39:00 PM

    WOW! dream on.

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 1:57:00 PM

    amazing this is, Andrea,, just love this one....

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:28:00 PM

    Yes, 'dream on, dream on'... the 'others' promote our dreaming, exploit our dreams... then they shut us down... then flaunt their reality to encourage us to continue with less while we 'dream on'... Terry (excellent work, Andrea)

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:09:00 PM

    Well done, Andrea. I don't think Congres just "plays dumb." Some of them don't seem very bright, but I wish you success in the contest! I can tell you put a lot of work into this and I do enjoy political poems. I'm still ill, but that's not going to change so let's just not talk about it, okay? Love you, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:08:00 PM

    I don't think I've read such a true poem from you as this one! This is an extremely powerful write my friend! I am enthralled by the beauty of your words, and the reality of what you said! What a tremendous piece, Great Work!!

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