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A Dream Within a Dream, by Edgar Allan Poe

Intro: F - Am - Bb - C

F Am Bb C
Take this kiss upon the brow!
F Am
And, in parting from you now,
Bb C
Thus much l et me avow —
F Am
You are not wrong, who deem
Bb C F
That my days have been a dream;
Am Bb C
 

Chorus

Dm G7
Yet if hope has flown away
C F
In a night, or in a day,
Dm G7
In a vision, or in none,
C F
Is it therefore the less gone?
F Am
All that we see or seem
Bb C F
Is but a dream within a dream.
Am Bb C
 
F Am
I sta nd amid the roar
Bb C F
Of a surf-tormented shore,
  Am
And I hold within my hand
Bb C
Grains of the golden sand —
F Am
How fe w! yet how they creep
Bb C F
Through my fi ngers to the d eep,

Chorus

Dm G7 C F
While I weep — while I weep!
Dm G7
O God! Can I not grasp
  C F
Them with a tight er clasp?
Dm G7
O God! can I not save
  C F
One from the pitiless wave?
F Am
Is al l that we see or seem
Bb C F
But a dream within a dream?
Am Bb C F
 

A Dream Within A Dream

Words: Edgar Allan Poe

Arrangement: Mark Adams

Key: F

© 2011, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

Time Signature:

Here are some performances of the song:

MP3 Soundcloud File

I am not the first to adapt Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream” musically. Here are some notable examples —

USEFULchamber:

Elysian Fields:

Jim McCarty:

Yardbirds:

John Carey’s Dream Cycle:

More Wine Please:

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Huub de Lange:

Nora Fox:

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