Only in Dreams (song)

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"Only in Dreams"
Song by Weezer
from the album Weezer
Released May 10, 1994
Recorded August–September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Genre Alternative rock, power pop, emo
Length 8:03
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Weezer (The Blue album) track listing
"Only in Dreams"

"Only in Dreams" is a song by the band Weezer. It is the 10th and final track on their 1994 self-titled debut album. At slightly over eight minutes, it is to date Weezer's longest song. It is most noteworthy for its three-minute crescendo of the two guitars, bass, and drums, in which the dynamics gradually increase and the timbre builds up layers until the climaxing guitar solo at the end.


The song's lyrics tell the story of a young man who wants to be romantically involved with the girl of his dreams. But because he cannot do so in reality due to how nervous he is, he can only fantasize about being with her in his dreams; hence the title of the song.[1]


When asked in 2006 which Weezer guitar solo he is the most proud of/likes the most, Rivers Cuomo answered, "I'd have to go with 'Only in Dreams' and [Make Believe track] 'Haunt You Every Day' for sheer length. Epic, epic, epic. So few people play these kinds of solos anymore."[2]

IGN included "Only in Dreams" on their "Weezer Ultimate Mix" list, where they listed what songs they want to be compiled into a Weezer collection and called the song "the "Stairway to Heaven" for Generation X."[3] They also listed the song on their "Top 10 Ambiguously Inspiring Songs" list, where they called it one of Weezer's best songs.[4] Magnet considered "Only in Dreams" to be the third most overrated Weezer song.[5] The song was rated #8 in Q Magazine's "20 Greatest Guitar Tracks" in September 2007.[6] Melissa Bobbitt at ranked it as the number 1 best Weezer song, stating "This is Weezer at their finest. From the syrupy opening bass line, to the sincere guitar work and the gawking lyrics, the immense closing song on their debut best represents the band".[7]

In an article devoted to the song by Kevin McFarland at The A.V. Club, he described it as "Cuomo's epic masterpiece", as well as a "glorious anomaly in the Weezer canon".[1]

Rolling Stone regarded the song as a "real gem."[8] PopMatters calls the song a ""Bohemian Rhapsody"-worthy conclusion."[9]

Live performances[edit]

"Only In Dreams", in recent years, has typically been played at the end of a regular set (before the encore). However this is not true for the Summer of 2002 Enlightenment tour, when the set lists were determined by the roll of a 20-sided die.[10]


Ash has covered the song as a B-side of their 2001 single Burn Baby Burn.

Mock Orange has covered the song on the album Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer.

You Blew It! has covered the song for their Weezer cover album You Blue It.

Japanese artist Saku covered the song in her 2015 release Girls & Boys E.P.



  1. ^ a b ""Only In Dreams" is the only epic Rivers Cuomo and Weezer will ever need". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rivers Cuomo Fan Interview 2006". Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  3. ^ J.R. "Weezer Ultimate Mix - Music Feature at IGN". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ Barbapopa (2011-09-14). "Top 10 Ambiguously Inspiring Songs - Music Feature at IGN". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ "The Over/Under: Weezer". 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ "The 20 Greatest Guitar Tracks". Q Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Top 13 Weezer Songs". The New York Times Company. June 11, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Christian Hoard (2004-04-19). "Weezer Blue Album [Deluxe] | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  9. ^ Hogan, Marc. "Weezer: Weezer (Blue Album) [Deluxe Edition] < PopMatters". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  10. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2011-11-14.