Apr 242005
 

From THE PAGEMASTER

Written by Diane Warren

“Dream Away” is another one of those big productions of the nineties that brought together the talents of Diane Warren and David Foster. Warren, the most successful songwriter of the past decade, provided Foster with one of her trademark sweet melodies.

The Canadian music maker embellished the song, rich in effective hooks, with an inspired arrangement plus his usual top-notch production. What’s especially interesting here is the odd pairing of two “non-conventional” singers like producer/songwriter Babyface and UK pop/soul songbird Lisa Stansfield. The combination works really well here with their voices blending beautifully, on the sea of strings, keyboards and some gentle guitar that Foster orchestrated for them. Babyface is really at home on this soft Adult Contemporary treat, but it is Stansfield, usually a performer of sultry dance stuff, that is the true surprise. She sings the ballad with absolute ease and class. “Dream Away” was released in 1994 as the leading single from “The Pagemaster,” a movie with Macaulay Culkin. James Horner composed the film score and the soundtrack included another original song, “Whatever You Imagine,” written by Horner with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, sung by Wendy Moten.


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Lead Vocals: Babyface & Lisa Stansfield
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Michael Thompson

Produced and Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

When this world
The real life world you’re living in
Just gets too much for you to take
When you find
Too many troubles on your mind
And feel just like there’s no escape

And it seems your heart’s forgotten how to believe
Turn a page in your soul
There’s a place you can go
Close your eyes and let your heart fly free

Dream away, dream away
Let imagination light your way
Take you as far as your heart can see
Dream away, dream away
To a place where hope is shining
Find your silver lining
Everything you need is just a dream away

Remember when
A dream could take you anywhere
Just a wish anything could be
When the farthest star was one more star you could reach
Take a look in your heart
‘Cause that’s where dreams are where it starts
Anything is real if you just believe

HOOK

All it takes is faith to make your dreams come true
And somewhere in this world there’ll be somebody
To share your dreams with you

HOOK