Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

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"Sweet Dreams" redirects here. For the single, see Sweet Dreams (single). For the compilation bootleg, see Sweet Dreams (bootleg). For the live bootleg, recorded on January 23rd, 1999, see Sweet Dreams (1999).
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Smells Like Children
Released October 25, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995 at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Alternative rock, alternative metal
Length 4:53
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer David A. Stewart
Composer David A. Stewart
Producer Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor
Media

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is the first and only single and the sixth track of the first EP Smells Like Children, originally written and performed by Eurythmics in 1982. The song became an MTV-staple and helped to establish the band in the mainstream. Manson often comes up with song inspiration in his dreams, but the idea to cover this song came from his first acid trip, according to his autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. He says that he hallucinated a "slower, meaner" version of the dance hit playing, sung in his voice. The earliest performance of the song dates back to June 1, 1994.

Appearances[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Gamer
  • House on Haunted Hill (1998 remake)
  • Trick 'r Treat

Versions[edit]

  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" — Appears on Smells Like Children, Lest We Forget – The Best Of and the "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" single.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Radio Edit) — Appears on "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" single.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Live) — Appears on Dead to the World.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Live) — Appears on The Dope Show.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Live)/"Hell Outro" — Appears on The Last Tour on Earth.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Live) — Appears on the Guns, God and Government World Tour DVD.
  • "Everybody" — A video interlude featuring a remixed version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", which by Britney Spears sings along with during her 2009 tour The Circus Starring: Britney Spears.

Music video[edit]

Manson with Daisy Berkowitz and Twiggy Ramirez inside the house.

In the music video, the band performs in an old, decrepit asylum while wearing a variety of strange costumes. Many pigeons and a pig, which Manson rides during the climax, are also seen in the video. The video was a gateway to popularity for the band. The video was directed by Dean Karr.

Lyrics[edit]

    sweet dreams are made of these
    who am i to disagree?
    travel the world and the seven seas
    everybody's looking for something
    some of them want to use you
    some of them want to get used by you
    some of them want to abuse you
    some of them want to be abused
    sweet dreams are made of these
    who am i to disagree?
    travel the world and the seven seas
    everybody's looking for something
    some of them want to use you
    some of them want to get used by you
    some of them want to abuse you
    some of them want to be abused
    i wanna use you and abuse you
    i wanna know what's inside you
    hold your head up, movin' on
    keep your head up, movin' on
    sweet dreams are made of these
    who am i to disagree?
    travel the world and the seven seas
    everybody's looking for something
    some of them want to use you
    some of them want to get used by you
    some of them want to abuse you
    some of them want to be abused
    i'm gonna use you and abuse you
    i'm gonna know what's inside
    gonna use you and abuse you
    i'm gonna know what's inside you

Trivia[edit]

  • When played live, the song often features "tags" of other songs on the end. Examples of this are on The Last Tour on Earth and Guns, God and Government World Tour, where the band played the ending of "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" (referred to as the "Hell Outro"). Other songs used as tags have been "Lunchbox" (Rape of the World Tour) and "The Reflecting God" (Grotesk Burlesk).
  • The song appears in the 2007 horror film Trick 'r Treat.
  • The song appears in the trailer for the 2009 science fiction film Gamer.
  • The song appears in the 90's horror film House on Haunted Hill.
  • The song appears in the teaser for the second season of "True Blood" on FX.
  • The song appears in the 1996 Lifetime channel original movie Sweet Dreams.
  • The song appears briefly in the 2005 Enron scandal documentary The Smartest Guys In The Room.
  • The song appears in the 2010 episode of Austrian comedy series "Wir sind Kaiser".
  • The song appears, along with original, in the 2011 premiere episode of Grimm.
  • The song appears in the trailer for the fourth episode of the second season of the British TV show "Luther".
  • The song appears in the trailer for the 2012 movie Wrath of the Titans.
  • Johnny Depp joined Manson onstage to perform this song on guitar during the April 11th, 2012 performance at Revolver's Golden God Awards.
  • The song appears in the 2013 premiere episode of The Following.