“Waking Up Dreaming” by Shania Twain
Shania Twain’s “Waking Up Dreaming” starts of firmly along the lines of coming off as more or less your standard love song. But after the first verse, it starts to read more like a self-help/positivity-thinking type of piece. It isn’t until the bridge materializes sometime later that the notion of this track being romantic in nature is sort of reaffirmed.
And in context, all of that is just a fancy way of saying that this is one of types of love songs where the vocalist is asserting that her life will not be as edifying if the vocalist, i.e. the apple of her eye, were not present. And perhaps we can speculate that the implication is that this individual is not as convicted or confident in that regard as Shania is.
Or either way you flip it, it’s like the vocalist herself has come to the conclusion that the two of them needs to start being more aggressive in terms squeezing the full worth out of the life they’ve been given. After all, there’s no guarantee that there will be a “tomorrow” anyway.
So as far as this song deviating as noted earlier, those parts, such as the chorus and to some degree second verse, are based on sort of this YOLO type of sentiment. But the main point being made is Shania putting forth that in order for her to ‘live her best life’, she needs the addressee by her side.
Facts about “Waking Up Dreaming”
Even though you may not know it simply by looking at her, Shania Twain would be, by some standards, old school, as her first album dropped back in 1993. Indeed, as of the issuance of “Waking Up Dreaming” on 23 September 2022, she is a ripe 57 years old but was still confident enough to pose semi-nude for the cover art to this track.
Interestingly, throughout all of these decades Twain only has five studio albums under her belt yet still ranks amongst the most commercially-successful musicians in history.
“Waking Up Dreaming” is the lead single from her sixth studio LP, which at the time of this writing is unnamed and slated to be released in 2023.
This song marks the first Shania Twain has put out through Republic Nashville, which is reportedly a new label. And to note, the overwhelming majority of the previous entries in her discography were rather issued through Mercury Nashville.
This song’s music video was directed by one Isaac Rentz, and it seems to be the first time this industry filmographer has worked with Shania Twain.
Shania Twain wrote “Waking Up Dreaming” with Jessica Agombar and the song’s producer, David Stewart.