Papa Joe 
How To Ruin a Dream
How To Ruin a Dream (c)2002 by Joe Kretschmer

When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a taxidermist.
Take those old dead animals and bring 'em back to life again
That was all I wanted to do back then.

When I was twenty years old, I wanted to be a writer.
The great American novel would flow right from my pen.
That was all I wanted to do back then.

But when I finally stuffed some animals, they still looked pretty dead.
My great American novel never really left my head.
Looked like I'd have to find some other dreams instead.

When I was thirty years old, I wanted to be a college professor.
So I went back to school and I got my Ph.D.
I thought that was all I wanted to be.

When I was forty years old, I wanted to program computers.
To make those little machines sing and dance for me.
That was my idea of ecstacy.

But when I taught at the university, it wasn't all I thought it would be,
And writing computer code as a career, it wasn't very satisfying I fear.
I began to see a pattern forming here.

[bridge 1]
Time goes by like a passing train, dreams fade like summer rain,
And it isn't very often they come true.
But if you want to ruin a fantasy, just make it become a reality.
And remember that most dreams come postage due.

When I was fifty years old, I wanted to be a songwriter.
I dusted off my old guitar, and started makin' up tunes to play.
But this was one dream I didn't want to go away.

[bridge 2]
So whenever a dream comes to me, I just don't take it so seriously.
I remember what happened all those times before.
You can dream and have some fun, just don't go runnin' after every one.
When the times comes you can open any door.

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Then you can go back and start to dream some more.
Lyrics Credits: Joe Kretschmer
Music Credits: Joe Kretschmer
Performance Credits: Joe Kretschmer
Short Song Description:
Making dreams come true doesn't automatically fulfill your life goals.
Story Behind the Song:
This is a true story, and more or less autobiographical.
Song Length: 4:07
Primary Genre: Folk-General
Secondary Genre: -
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Language: English