This is a very hopeful song in which frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan sings about meeting a special someone who makes her deliriously happy. "I wrote that about my first love when I was living in Ireland," she said in a Songfacts interview. "It's about feeling really in love for the first time."
Written by Dolores O'Riordan and Cranberries lead guitarist Noel Hogan, "Dreams" is the second charting single by The Cranberries, from their first album. Together with "Linger," these two singles forged a name for the band that carried them until the thundering (and thunderously successful) "Zombie" from their second album.
O'Riordan was just 20 years old when the song was first released in 1992 as the group's debut single, and her youthful innocence comes through on the song. When the group got some attention in 1994, the song was re-issued and became a modest hit.
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