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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Eurythmics
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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Song Meaning and Background of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This by Eurythmics


"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is a song by British new wave music duo Eurythmics.

It is the title track of their album of the same name released in 1983.


The song became their breakthrough hit, establishing the duo worldwide. It reached number two on the

UK Singles Chart and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote the song after the Tourists had broken up and they formed Eurythmics.


Although the two of them also broke up as a couple, they continued to work together.


They became interested in electronic music and bought new synthesizers to play around with.


According to Stewart, he managed to produce the beat and riff of the song on one of their new synthesizers, and Lennox, on hearing it, said: "What the hell is that?" and started playing on another synthesizer, and beginnings of the song came out of the two dueling synths.


According to Lennox, the lyrics reflected the unhappy time after the break up of the Tourists, when she felt that they were "in a dream world" and that whatever they were chasing was never going to happen.


She described the song as saying: "Look at the state of us. How can it get worse?" adding "I was feeling very vulnerable.


The song was an expression of how I felt: hopeless and nihilistic." Stewart thought the lyrics too depressing and added the "hold your head up, moving on" line to make it more uplifting.


Commenting on the line "Some of them want to use you … some of them want to be abused",


Lennox said that "people think it’s about sex or S&M, and it’s not about that at all."


On the song's title she said, "Apparently, it's the most misheard lyric in British pop. People think I’m singing: ‘Sweet dreams are made of cheese.’"


Lyrics of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This by Eurythmics


Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Some of them want to use you

Some of them want to get used by you

Some of them want to abuse you

Some of them want to be abused

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Hold your head up

Keep your head up, movin' on

Hold your head up, movin' on

Keep your head up, movin' on

Hold your head up, movin' on

Keep your head up, movin' on

Hold your head up, movin' on

Keep your head up

 

Some of them want to use you

Some of them want to get used by you

Some of them want to abuse you

Some of them want to be abused

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

 

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

I've traveled the world and the seven seas

Everybody's lookin' for something

Release Date

1983

Songwriter/s

Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart

Producer/s

David A. Stewart

Label/s

RCA Records

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