I’m A Dreamer (1977) – Sandy Denny

I came across I’m a Dreamer very recently most likely from one of your blogs. I don’t believe I am familiar with any of her other music. It was sad researching this song since Sandy died at 31 years of age due to due to injuries and health issues related to alcohol abuse. Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny (1947 – 1978) was an English singer who was lead singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention (formed by Richard Thompson who has featured here). Today’s song comes from her fourth and final solo album – Rendezvous (1977). The album is felt to contain some of her finest compositions including I’m a Dreamer.

But I’m a dreamer and you know
I’m a schemer with an eye for a show
It’s my imagination when I get low
And the truth is I don’t think I’ll ever go

When the music’s playing, that’s when it changes
And no longer do we seem like total strangers
It’s all those words which always get in the way
Of what you want to say

When I heard this song, I wouldn’t have guessed Sandy was an English singer. It sounds ala the Canadian singer Anne Murray who was making inroads about the same time I’m a Dreamer was released and was a favourite of my Mami. This record by Sandy – Rendezvous received criticism for its over production and I thought the latter parts of I’m a Dreamer didn’t really gel with how the song unfolds. But it’s still a keeper.
Sandy studied classical piano in her youth and after leaving school trained to be a nurse. She became involved with a folk club on campus and the rest as they say is history…

1. Sandy Denny – Wikipedia
2. Rendezvous – Wikipedia

“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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One comment on “I’m A Dreamer (1977) – Sandy Denny
  1. A deeply moving song. Sandy Denny had a lovely & powerful voice.

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