Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream

Australia is burning with the impact of a new music video released by Empire of the Sun, a collaboration between Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. Their first single, “Walking on a Dream”, was filmed appropriately in Shanghai, the setting for the novel and movie, Empire of the Sun. The music video features Steele and Littlemore on location in Shanghai, wearing oriental costumes and makeup.

Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore in Walking in a Dream music video

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

Walkingonadream.com features the lyrics and a free downloadable remix by Sam La More, Nick Littlemore’s brother.

Empire of the Sun is Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. This is the first single from their soon to be released debut album. Littlemore is also one half of Sydney electro duo Pnau. Steele is guitarist and vocalist for Perth band The Sleepy Jackson. The duo’s name, Empire of the Sun, comes from a 1984 novel by J. G. Ballard. The book tells the story of a young English boy, Jim Graham, living with his parents in Shanghai in the 1940s. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International Settlement. Jim becomes separated from his parents and is forced to live in abandoned mansions. He finally gets picked up by the Japanese and interned in the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center. In 1987 Tom Stoppard (script writer) and Steven Spielberg (director) brought out the film, Empire of the Sun, with Graham being played by 13-year-old Christian Bale.

Empire of the Sun in Walking in a Dream music video


The video was shot by Josh Logue via Mathematics, using an Oakley Red camera.

Lyrics for Walking on a Dream

Walking on a dream
How can I explain
Talking to myself
Will I see again

We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it
Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
On and on and on we are calling out and out again
Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me

Is it real now
When two people become one
I can feel it
When two people become one

Thought I’d never see
The love you found in me
Now it’s changing all the time
Living in a rhythm where the minutes working overtime

Catch me I’m falling down
Catch me I’m falling down

Don’t stop just keep going on
I’m your shoulder lean upon
So come on deliver from inside
All we got is tonight that is right till first light

Behind the Scenes

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

Walking on a Dream won Best Music Video at the 2009 Aria Awards.

  • this song is great
    the chilled out beat
    really nice to listen too
    love this track!
    keep em rolling in fellas

  • shannon

    omg, this is so the BEST song on the planet!

  • probably THE best track of 2008. i’ve been raving about it since i first saw it on Epic Fu a few weeks ago.

    awesome track.


    great song =D
    one for the mp3

  • Mmmm at first i hated this song because i saw the guy and i was like WTF? then i listend to it on radio and i was like. i like this song. then i saw the film clip. and i was like. o wow. now its my fav song and the film clip is sick lol! nice song!

  • Mmmm

    haha, too catchy.

  • Tom Jerry

    Rubbish With A Capital R !

    Opera And Classical Is So Much More My Thing

    How Can You Youngsters Enjoy Listening To That Rubbish !!

    Ba Humbug

    • James Medley

      It’s just music dude

  • Kym

    Tom Jerry don’t be such a hater!!! πŸ˜‰

    relax a little πŸ™‚

  • David

    great song

    Tom Jerry- don’t listen to this music then πŸ™‚
    n yeh relax a little πŸ˜›

    Love the song πŸ™‚ so relaxing

  • Tom Jerry

    Im No Hater =O
    its not my fault that i go to ANGER MANGEMANT CLASSES
    I Have To Let My Anger Out One Way or Another Anf This Song Sucks !
    I No Where You Live David And Kym – If Thats Your Real Name !!
    Luv Ya X

  • DAMN TUNE!!!

    this back beat tune in the background sounds like an older song from the 90s if u can tell me what this song reminds me off i will be estatic cause im going insane thinkin bout it

    • eva

      ahaha just had the same thing…I think they got inspiration for their backtune from tom petty learning to fly..its really quite similar

      • Mr. Vibe

        tom petty is quite similar. but the high-tone voice reminds me of some other tune / group… goin’ insane myself trying to pin that down πŸ™

  • Don Henley’s Ghost

    They’re taking the piss in that video, aren’t they? If not, they’re class A posers.

    Otherwise, the track is a great example of pretty mild, inoffensive “dance” music, suitable for those recovering from major surgery, or indie kids who can’t actually cope with electronic music.

  • fss2

    Awesome song, great video… Just awesome stuff πŸ™‚ they’re posing as hell, but just as hell, it’s an awesome song to chill out on after some serious boozing and/or drug abuse. just love the comeback of the 80’s sound in electro/indie pop!

  • Meeeee

    I think this song is sooo much more than just an electro tune, it reminds me of the bee gees in the 70’s, electro punk in the 80s and dance from the 90s. Is a beautiful synthesis of music genres thru the ages and like it or not its pretty darn groovy. And the movie empire of the sun is an eye opening account of war and it effects,seems to me these guys are trying to say more than ‘hey we make cool tunes’…

  • born slippy

    Tom Jerry……Listen to me kat…..it all boils down to what kind of buzz you were on last weekend….dont get me wrong i fully get down to my vivaldi and bach…but when u r in a club on the come down this is the shit 2 chill out to….mark my words

  • ash

    I found this page by googling “Empire of the Sun are posers.” Yes, I have too much time on my hands.

  • yessenia

    yes it is the song funy jaja i love you steele

  • Karina

    I love this video. I want to work there. I love the style. Does anybody have any idea which production company shot this video?