A hazy black and white video captures a sports car floating over a beach location, with Nelly and a love interest taking turns looking distraught, as waking from a fantastic dream. This imagery matches well with the the theme of the song “Just a Dream”, where in it, the loss of one’s greatest love is explored. This love is rumored to either be a woman whom Nelly loved more than anyone else, or, a familial loss of love due to the death of Nelly’s sister. In either case, we as people feel these loved ones are really there in a dream, but then we wake, and we realize what the experience really was. Framing the song to be about an ex girlfriend was definitely more marketable, whomever the inspiration really was. Over a cinematic Rap Rock backing instrumental, Nelly emotes in short spurts and soaring notes about his newly enlightened state; “Uhh, uhh, uhh, I was thinkin 'bout her, thinkin 'bout me, thinkin 'bout us, where we gon' be, opened my eyes, yeah, it was only just a dream, so I travel back, down that road, will she come back, no one knows, I realize, yeah, it was only just a dream.” Marriage must have been on the table, or at least in Nelly’s mind, but now it is too late; “I was at the top and now its like I'm in the basement, number one spot and now she find her a replacement, I swear now I can't take it, knowing somebody's got my baby, and now you ain't around baby I can't think, I should've put it down, should've got the ring.” There is an automobile tie in as well with the lyrics, which gels well with the video; “When I be ridin' man I swear I see her face at every turn, tryna get my Usher on but I can't let it burn, and I just hopes she know that she the only one I yearn for, more and more I miss her, when will I learn.” The track sounds more epic than T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”, but the two share a lot of the same style. It is a Southern style rap song, but with sweeping orchestration and pumping digital synths. Also adding to it’s large design are tender choir harmonies, giving the track lot’s of body. We realize that it was his fault, as he admits; “Hey, she was so easy to love, but wait, I guess that love wasn't enough, I'm going through it every time that I'm alone, and now I'm missing, wishing she'd pick up the phone, but she made the, decision that she wanted to move on, 'cause I was wrong.”
Cornell Haynes, Jr., James Scheffer, Richard Butler, Jr., Frank Romano
"Just a Dream" is a song performed by American rapper Nelly, released as the lead single from his 2010 album 5.0 and appears as the fourth track. The song was written by Mitch J, Nelly, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin and Frank Romano with Jonsin and Love producing the song. The song was released on August 16, 2010 to iTunes Stores around the world for digital download. It was released alongside the promotional single, "Tippin' In da Club". On October 6, 2010 the song was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.