Carrie Underwood: Just a Dream

November 12, 2008
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Here is Carrie Underwood singing ‘Just a Dream’ at the 2008 CMA awards. See the video and lyrics. The awesome performance was the highlight of the evening and brought down the house.

Underwood co-hosted the CMA Awards which must have made her tired. But when her name was called to do her song, it was pure magic. I love Carrie. She won best female vocalist right after the song was delivered.

The moment was made special by the introduction from Leslie Ponder, the widow of a slain U.S. soldier named James “Tre” Ponder.

Video is below along with lyrics.

Carrie Underwood ‘Just a Dream’ (Video)

Lyrics to Just a Dream by Carrie Underwood.

It was two weeks after the day she turned 18
all dressed in white, going to the church that night
She had his box of letters in the passenger seat,
six pence in her shoe
something borrowed something *blue*
and when the church doors opened up wide she put her veil down trying to hide the tears oh
she just couldn’t believe it
she heard the trumpets from the military band and the flowers fell out of her hands

Baby, why’d you leave me, why’d you have to go
I was counting on forever, now I’ll never know
I cant even breathe
It’s like I’m, looking from a distance, standing in the background
Everybody’s saying, he’s not coming home now,
This can’t be happening to me
This is just a dream

The preacher man said let us bow our heads and pray
lord please lift his soul and heal this hurt
then the congregation all stood up and sang the saddest song that she ever heard
then they handed her a folded up flag and
she held on to all she had left of him oh and what could’ve been
and then guns rang one last shot and it felt like a bullet in her heart

Repeat chorus.

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8 Responses to “Carrie Underwood: Just a Dream”

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    Renee Parker, Odessa, TX Says:

    Am I the only one who believes that “Just A Dream” is the most depressing, anti-American, anti-hero, anti-war song ever? There is no evidence that the singer believes her fiance’ left for any reason other than to abaondon her. Yes…we know that he went off to war and died. BUT, the song tells us nothing about WHY he felt he should go and WHO and WHAT he was figting for. All she seems to say is: “Whoa is me! My lover left ME! Boo Hoo! Poor ME! Why ME? This can’t be happening to ME! I love Carrie Underwood, and her talent is awsome. I just do not understand why she chose to sing such an awful song and why anyone is honoring it. And, I do not know how a widow of a true American hero could have said anything POSITIVE about the song at the CMA’s. How did such a song/message help her to heal? How did it “honor” her husband? I’m serious…is anyone else with me on this?

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    Amanda Says:


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    SANDI Says:

    apparently you do not have a clue of what it is like to be a military wife. this song is about loss, pure and simple.

    by the way, it looks like no one is agreeing with you either…

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    judy Says:

    I agree with SANDI

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    Rebecca Says:

    I am a military wife, this is a great song, and you could never know what its like to be a military wife and until you do you should stop talking about this song in such a way.

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    Renee Parker Says:

    I did not mean any disrespect for anyone who has been in the military or married to someone who was (or still is). I have several family members who are veterans and 2 currently serving. We feel the song lyrics didn’t do justice to the ones who have lost loved ones. The song makes me believe that the wife lost her husband in vain and for no reason. I would not like to think that military wives felt like that. I have the utmost love for all of our soldiers and all of their families. I know that they are fighting for all things that are good and honorable in this country. I hope I did not offend anyone that read my comment above. I obviously don’t get the song, and that was my question. Thank you for answering it.

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    Tammy Says:

    the song details a military salute [guns and flag] so obviously there was a death. A great loss that many experience and struggle with. As the widow expressed, music is a way to deal with such a loss. What a great voice to help with the feelings of anguish that Mrs. Ponder sureley felt. Mrs. Ponder is a brave woman to expose her raw emotions to the country that her husband so valiantly served and sacrificed for.

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    Jessica Stringer Says:

    My husband is active duty in the army. We have two kids, one is three and the other is 19months. I listen to the song and it breaks my heart. My husband is alive, but he’s still gone! I feel for all of the women out there who have lost their husbands because mine just being away is hard enough. I don’t know how I’d deal with knowing he is gone and will never come home! My heart goes out to the army wives who have lost their husbands and best friend.