“A Million Dreams” is a song performed by Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams for the film The Greatest Showman (2017). This is the second song from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2017). This song was covered by Susan Boyle and Michael Ball on the 2019 album Boyle, Ten. In addition, Shalva Band covered the song during their appearance at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest as an interval act in the second semifinal.
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|Title||:||A Million Dreams|
|Artist||:||The Greatest Showman|
|Styles||:||Movie, TV, Musical Theatre, Soundtrack|
|File size||:||404 KB|
About ‘A Million Dreams’
“A Million Dreams” weaves the story of a young man who has high ambitions. This young man happened to be the character P. T. Barnum, a famous American entrepreneur who lived several centuries ago about the film, The Greatest Showman. The song begins with a young P. T. Barnum who imagines a “world” different from the one he lives in. And this world is calling him. He also felt that he had to be there.
The people around him thought he lost his mind to dream about it. But despite this opposition he is committed to achieving reality based on his fantasies. Indeed he could not sleep at night because of the disturbing but beautiful imagination of the reality he felt he and his fellow believers were able to create.
The second stanza then becomes more specific in identifying that the song is indeed about a certain person. Thus, we get a picture of what he actually conceptualized, which is an exotic item that brings joy to people’s lives, even on sad days. Likewise, P. T. Barnum’s business is engaged in a circus.
The subject of the song then switches from the young P. T. Barnum to his adult form. But again he expresses the same sentiments as in the pre-chorus. In other words, as an adult P. T. Barnum still has the same colorful aspirations he had since he was a child.
During the Bridge section, P. T. Barnum’s wife, Charity, joined him in singing. He stated that he shared his vision and would be there to support him throughout his journey to make it happen. He expressed the same sentiment to her.
The lyrics to the song “A Million Dreams” are closely related to the story in the film The Greatest Showman which tells of a strong ambition to change “the world”. The lyrics of this song also teach about perseverance, high will, and never give up to reach our dreams. Don’t mind what other people say, just let them “bark”. Just focus on your dreams and goals.