Single Review: Sixpence None The Richer “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Don’t Dream It’s Over
Album: Divine Discontent
Year: 2003

Leigh Nash, lead singer of Sixpence None The Richer, sings a cautious version of the Neil Finn penned “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

The original had a guitar open the single. However, SNR tweaked it slightly by lowering the key. The subtle change complements the introspective lyrics well.

Nash tells her boyfriend that while they may fight, they will still be together. (“There is freedom within, there is freedom without….while you’re traveling with me”). Nash treats the lyrics like glass. She’s careful not to get the phrasing wrong or mumble her way through. She’s idealistic and believes in their relationship.

She reassures him that no one and/or nothing will come between them. (“Hey now, hey now/Don’t dream it’s over…We know they won’t win”).

Nash’s tone changes drastically in the second verse. She has grown cynical. She’s discovered a hole in her roof and questions how it came about. She’s concerned about the numerous headlines about war and demolished land while her boyfriend reads about his favorite show. (“Now I’m towing my car, there’s a hole in the roof…But you turn right over to the T.V. page”). Finn implied the disappointment, however, Nash is straightforward in her vocals. Her resentment of him is clear.

In the original, the bass had a brief solo. However, SNR add percussion and the rhythm guitar, making it distinct. But the part which is the segue between the chorus and verse is nearly the same.

Nash is becoming hopeful again and willing to move past his flaws. (“Now I’m walking again to the beat of a drum….get to know the feeling of liberation and relief”).

There is one small lyric change. Instead of Nash singing “don’t ever let them win” at the end, she simply uses “we won’t let them win.” It brings her newfound confidence in the relationship home.

Sixpence None The Richer maintain the balance of trying to make the single suit their style and not have a note-by-note cover.


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