Daydream Believer (1967) – Monkees

Monkees 1968 tour of Australia and Japan

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’.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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13 comments on “Daydream Believer (1967) – Monkees
  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I grew up with this song…I went to a U2 concert and the guitar player…The Edge sang it. It is a well written pop song and one of the many very good pop songs that the Monkees recorded. I love the song.

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