Dreams are the stories the brain tells during sleep – clips, images, feelings, and memories that involuntarily occur during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of slumber. That’s the clinical side of the definition.

I like the Disney definition better. “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”

Everybody dreams. Adults and babies alike dream for around two hours per night. Researchers have found that people usually have several dreams each night, each one typically lasting for between five to 20 minutes.

Most dreams are forgotten. Men and women dream differently. Animals likely dream as well. A lucid dream is one in which you are aware that you are dreaming even though you’re still asleep.  

The more emotional sided definition is a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal, such as chasing a dream or realizing a dream come true.

Elvis said “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. Ain’t nowhere else in the world where you can go from driving a truck to cadillac overnight.”

We dream of a White Christmas, of a “better land where all our brothers walk hand in hand”, the Impossible Dream, Young Dreams of love and We Follow That Dream.

We read Elvis’ 1971 Jaycees speech where he spoke of his dreams … “When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.”

No one understood the importance of dreams better than Elvis Presley. I would hate to live in a world where I didn’t have dreams and hopes and aspirations, as impossible as many seem at times. 

Dreams and romance and love seem to be common compadres, airing their sigh-ful wishes while inhaling the intoxicating scent of roses and lilacs, spreading their fantasies across the table top to be shared by all involved. The young, with their entire life before them, fold their dreams within the upcoming story line, interspersing them in the chapters yet to be written, making sure they are tucked within the outline. I love that thought, one that is not necessarily reserved only for the very young.

I remember the dreams I had when I was very young. Some were foolish and childish when I think back on them, but as I grew and matured, I was able to eventually achieve some of the ones of greater importance. 

The longer and tighter a dream has hold, the greater the influence. There is nothing more beautiful than the life stories involving realized dreams. This beauty is a portion of the Presley story. We can relate. We were all young once with the world by the tail, still innocent to some of the harsh reminders of life that might tag along with our dreams. 

Most of us, even if we knew more than an inkling, would likely still choose to follow that dream. It’s that desire within fueling the every day, knowing tomorrow will eventually be extraordinary.

In King Creole, 1958, Danny Fisher had dreams. From bus boy to singer, from  being wronged, lonely and alone toward a potentially disastrous path with erred motives, the story eventually points to a brighter future with realized dreams in sight.

One of the songs Danny sings is Young Dreams. The words carry young and old alike to a place of a new longing. The facial expressions and emotions portrayed transport a hopeless romantic to the promised land. Throw a dyed in the wool Elvis fan into the mix and she is forever hooked. This clip is to be timelessly enjoyed.

Not only are the words exquisite and delightful, watching this young Presley sing it, witnessing the smile and intonations and knowing where he was personally in 1958 with his own young dreams set before him, it’s captivatingly wondrous.

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Young Dreams

(Words and music by Martin Kalmanoff & Aaron Schoeder)

(Young dreams of love, young dreams of love)

Young dreams (Young dreams, young dreams)

My heart is filled with young dreams (dreams)

And I’m longing to

Share them all with you

In my eyes, (my eyes, my eyes)

Oh can’t you see in my eyes (in eyes)

That you’re the only one who

Can make my young dreams come true

I have young arms

That wanna hold you (hold you)

Hold you oh so tight

I have young lips (lips)

That want to kiss you (kiss you)

Kiss you morning noon and night

Take my hand (my hand my hand)

Oh darling take my hand (take hand)

And let me make you a part

Of all my young dreams of love

I have young arms

That wanna hold you (hold you)

Hold you oh so tight

I have young lips (lips)

That want to kiss you (kiss you)

Kiss you morning noon and night

Take my hand (my hand my hand)

Oh darling take my hand (take hand)

And let me make you a part

Of all my young dreams of love

A part of all of my young dreams of love

(Young dreams of love, young dreams of love)

Recorded 1/23/58 first released on EP

Radio recorders Hollywood California

From the movie King Creole