If I had to choose just one chorus which lifts my spirits higher than any other upon listen then it would be from the Monkees – Daydream Believer:
Cheer up, sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean that
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen
It is also projects me back to simpler times even to those epochs before Mummy and Daddy did their thang. Oh, the zeitgeist 60’s – ‘How I have missed you my whole life‘. Daydream Believer is one of the most popular and commercial big hits from that era. It was No1 in the US for 4 weeks!
As the composer of the song John Stewart described it – “I remember going to bed thinking, What a wasted day — all I’ve done is daydream. And from there I wrote the whole song. I never thought it was one of my best songs. Not at all”.
Canadian singer Anne Murray who my Mother listened and wept to ad-nauseam recorded a cover version of Daydream Believer for her platinum-certified 1979 studio album I’ll Always Love You. It’s amazing Stewart was dismayed by the unlikely success of the song. It is said he was thrilled, stemming from the fact a folkie with a guitar following in the humble Woody Guthrie tradition could pull off a major pop hit. He wrote it just in a few minutes, but he lived off it for more than a year. ‘It is happy. It’ll always be “happy.”
Stewart added: ‘Write early in the morning when you first wake up — take your guitar to bed – before the critical voice kicks in’.