When it comes to reading novels, I hate it when the story is interrupted for a dream sequence. I especially hate when the dream goes on for a chapter or even just a page or two. The writer would probably defend his use of the dream sequence as essential to the understanding of the character. I don't care. If I discover them towards the beginning of the book I generally stop reading it and cross that author off my list. If the sequence appears towards the end, I may continue if I'm really enjoying the story up to that point. I will warily approach any future efforts by that writer.
Dreams in song are a different story. Most songs are 2 to 5 minutes long so they obviously don't require near the amount of time to be invested as books which may require hours or days to read. The following are songs about dreams, including daydreams. Most but not all of these songs were released as singles. The order is loosely chronological with the oldest appearing at the beginning. The artist listed is not necessarily the first to record the song. Most have the word dream in the title which appears on the left followed by the artist(s), the songwriters in parenthesis, part of the lyric and maybe a comment or two.
All I Have to Do Is Dream - the Everly Brothers (Felice & Boudleaux Bryant) "Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream". It was a #1 hit for the Everly Brothers in 1958. This is probably the first "dream" song I ever heard on the radio which for me back then was the NYC rock stations with DJ's including Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), Alan Freed, Peter Tripp (the curly headed kid in the third row), Scott Muni and others.
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin (Bobby Darin) His last rock'n'roll hit before "Mack the Knife" took him in a different direction.
"I want a dream lover, so I don't have to dream alone".
Someone's Rocking My Dream Boat - the Ink Spots. (Emerson Scott, Leon Rene & Otis Rene) I didn't hear that on the radio. It was recorded in the early 1940's, a few years before I was born. I may have heard it at home in the early 1950's since among my mother's 78 rpm records were some by the Ink Spots.
Someone's invading my dream;
We were sailing along,
Suddenly, something went wrong."
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream - an anti-war song written by Ed McCurdy that has been recorded by many artists. I have it by the Chad Mitchell Trio on their 1965 album, Typical American Boys. Sadly, Ed's dream has not come true.
"Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war"
Sweet Dreams - Patsy Cline (Don Gibson)
"Sweet dreams of you
Every night I go through
Why can't I forget you and start my life anew
Instead of having sweet dreams about you"
Dream Baby - Roy Orbison (Cindy Walker)
"Dream baby, got me dreamin sweet dreams
The whole day through
Dream baby, got me dreamin sweet dreams
Night time too"
Daydream Believer - the Monkees and Anne Murray (John Stewart) This John Stewart was a member of the Kingston Trio from 1961 until 1967, replacing one of the original members, Dave Guard. He also wrote Rosanne Cash's "Runaway Train".
"Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen."
What a Day for a Daydream - the Lovin' Spoonful (John Sebastian)
"What a day for a day dream,
What a day for a day dreamin' boy.
And I'm lost in a day dream,
Dreamin' 'bout my bundle of joy."
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & the Papas (John Phillips & Michelle Phillips)
"All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
I've been for a walk on a winters day
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreaming on such a winters day"
Dreaming Again - Jim Croce (Jim Croce)
"Don't you know I had a dream last night, that you were here with me
Lyin' by my side so soft and warm
And we talked a while and shared a smile, then we shared the dawn
But when I woke up, ah my dream, it was gone"
These Dreams - Jim Croce (Jim Croce)
"And sometimes at night I think
I hear you calling my name
Mmm-hmm-mmm these dreams
They keep me going these days"
When I Dream - Crystal Gayle (Sandy Mason Theoret) she could have anything but ...
Maybe someday you will come true"
"Tonight you're gonna have it all
I only aim to please
Let me lead you down the hall
This dream's on me"
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap (John Schweers)
"I'm having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon
And while my hands make a living my mind's home loving you
I'm having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon
And every night you make my daydreams come true"
Handyman's Dream - Suzy Bogguss (Gary Nicholson & Pam Tillis) Suzy also had two "Dream" songs on her "Swing" album, "My Dream Is You" (April Barrows & David Hungate) and "Stay Out of My Dreams" (April Barrows).
"Oh, can’t you see it wouldn’t take much
to replace these worn out memories
with a brand new love?
I need a man who’s not afraid
to roll up his sleeves.
I am a handyman’s dream."
Dreaming with My Eyes Open - Clay Walker (Tony Arata)
"Gonna do my dreaming with my eyes wide open
I´ll do my looking back
With my eyes closed"
Summer of My Dreams - Kathy Mattea (David Mallett)
I see my true love waiting for me
Standing by the back porch screen
In the summer of my dreams"
Dreams of Martina - Hal Ketchum (Rodney Crowell)
"Dreams of Martina, what can I say?
Dreams of Martina stand in my way
Tonight I'm gonna lay that heartache down"
Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) - Dixie Chicks (Radney Foster)
Sweet dreams little man
Oh, my love will fly to you
Each night on angels wings
Godspeed, sweet dreams"
The Sound of a Million Dreams - David Nail (Phil Vassar & Scooter Carusoe)
"So I labor for hours 'cause I know the power of a song
When a song hits you right
Poured my soul into stories of life
Hopin' someone will hear one tonight.
Maybe my voice will cut through the noise
And stir up an old memory
And out of these piano keys
Comes the sound
The sound of a million dreams"
I Dream - Don Schlitz (Don Schlitz) from his "Allergic to Crazy" album. It begins:
"I dream about not worrying
I dream that I'm content
I dream about not wondering where all the money went"
Waltzing's for Dreamers - Edwina Hayes (Richard Thompson)
Waltzing's for dreamers and losers in love
One step for sighin', two steps for cryin'
Waltzing's for dreamers and losers in love
Gypsy Woman When She Dreams - Georgia Middleman (Bill DeMain & Georgia Middleman)
"It's a fine life, it's a good one
Having roots and being free
She's an ordinary housewife, but she's a gypsy when she dreams"
Dream Big - Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band (Ryan Shupe)
"And when you dream, dream big,
As big as the ocean, blue.
Cause when you dream it might come true.
For when you dream, dream big."
Poor Girl's Dream - Terri Clark (Tom Shapiro, Jim Collins & Terri Clark)
"Well it may not sound like much
But that's the stuff that makes up a poor girls dream
If you've got a million you want two
If you ain't got nothin any little thing will do"
The Dreaming Fields - Trisha Yearwood (Matraca Berg & Gary Harrison)
"Oh I'm goin' down to the dreaming fields
But what will be my harvest now
Where every tear that falls on a memory
Feels like rain on the rusted plow
Rain on the rusted plow"
Dream - Blue Sky Riders (Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr & Kenny Loggins)
"All I can do is believe in myself-if I listen to you I might as well
Leave me in the rain-send me out to sea
Lock me up in chains-throw away the key
The day I ever get too old to dream"
A few songs that don't mention dreams in the title:
Sleepin' in your dreams
With some sweet lover"
One More Day - Diamond Rio (Steven Dale Jones & Bobby Tomberlin)
"Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didn't ask for money
Or a mansion in Malibu
I simply wished for one more day with you!"
Burning House - Cam (Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker & Camaron Ochs) About the only song I like in the current country music media base top 40.
"I had a dream about a burning house
You were stuck inside
I couldn't get you out
And the two of us went up in smoke"
What are your favorite Dream songs?