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Black Winter

Dreamed around 1997 by Jeff Knabel

Meteor or comet striking the Earth as seen from orbit


I dreamed a large meteor had struck the Earth.

In the aftermath, I was searching for my Dad. When I finally found him, the shockwave from the impact was pushing me away. He was scared out of his mind, and frozen with fear. I could see the reflection of the explosion in his eyes, glowing bright red.

In the end I couldn't reach him, and I woke up in a cold sweat...

My father died a year later, on his birthday.

The dream stayed with me for years; at last I wrote a song about it, also titled 'Black Winter'. You can hear it at:
or just Google "Jeff Knabel Black Winter"


  1. I'm interested here in the dream's hint of foreknowledge. Jeff doesn't say what shape his dad was in when he dreamed this. Was his father's death foreseeable, was the dream wrestling with the simple truth that Jeff couldn't save him, or was there something more going on?

    The question has personal meaning for me; my father was old but active until he woke up paralyzed from a nap; a rare virus that killed him soon after. But for a year before that, my dreams were full of death, guilt, helplessness, and paralysis. In one I became my dad and felt the paralysis take over.

    So I do wonder if Jeff's dream was more than mere extrapolation.

  2. This is the first MP3 song on the World Dream Bank. We've had a few song lyrics and chord charts, but not sound files. Let me know if the link doesn't work for you! It wouldn't play for me at first, but it turned out my speaker wires were loose. Duh! Before fixing high tech, remember low tech...
--Chris Wayan

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