Small-Time Musician, Big-Time Dreams

Story Behind The Song

From a musical perspective, this could be the story of my life

Song Description

Just the facts, ma'am

Song Length 3:40 Genre Rock - General
Lead Vocal Duet Male Language English


I believe in music
It's done so much for me
When I'm playin' music
It makes me feel free
I've played in a lot of bands
I've sung my own songs
I've pleased some fans
And done some others wrong
I've dreamed of success
Gold records, money, and fame
And settling for less
Has caused me some pain

It was real, not a vision
But it's not as it seems
I was just a small-time musician
With big-time dreams

Yes, the dream is shattered
My playing days are gone
And all the things that mattered
Only remind me that it's done
But, I'd do it all again
And sometimes I wish I could
For a dream that might have been
Dies so much harder than it should


I wrote these lyrics on August 31, 1974

Lyrics Tom Watson Music Tom Watson
Performance Tom Watson

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