About the song

Ah, Dream Lover by the legendary Bobby Darin, a song that needs no introduction for many of us here. Released in 1959, this timeless tune continues to resonate with listeners across generations. But for those unfamiliar with this gem, let’s delve a little deeper.

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Bobby Darin, a true renaissance man of music, wasn’t just a singer. He was a songwriter, musician, and actor who possessed a captivating stage presence and a smooth, velvety voice. “Dream Lover” perfectly encapsulates his early sound – a blend of rock and roll’s youthful energy with the sophisticated charm of the crooners who came before him.

Composed by Darin himself, the song paints a vivid picture of longing and youthful yearning. The lyrics are simple yet deeply relatable. We hear the narrator, a young man presumably, expressing his desire for a soulmate, a “dream lover” to hold close and share a love that’s both passionate and enduring. Lines like “Every night I hope and pray / A dream lover will come my way” capture the innocence and vulnerability of young love.

Musically, “Dream Lover” is a delight. The arrangement, featuring the prominent piano work of a young Neil Sedaka (yes, the very same!), is deceptively simple. Yet, it’s incredibly effective in building anticipation and mirroring the narrator’s emotional journey. The gentle sway of the rhythm section provides a comfortable backdrop for Darin’s vocals, which truly steal the show. He delivers the song with a sincerity that feels genuine, his voice fluctuating effortlessly between yearning verses and passionate declarations in the chorus. The iconic “yeah-yeah-yeah”s add a touch of playful urgency, further emphasizing the narrator’s desire.

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It’s important to note that “Dream Lover” wasn’t just another love song in 1959. It arrived at a time when rock and roll was taking center stage, often characterized by a rebellious spirit and a focus on teenage angst. Darin’s song, however, offered a softer counterpoint. It spoke to the more romantic side of young love, a sentiment that resonated with a wide audience.

The success of “Dream Lover” was undeniable. It became a massive hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and even topping the charts in the UK. The song solidified Darin’s status as a rising star and cemented his place in music history. “Dream Lover” continues to be a beloved classic, covered by numerous artists across genres, a testament to its enduring appeal. So, let’s revisit this timeless tune and allow ourselves to be swept away by Bobby Darin’s dream of love.

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Lyrics

“Dream Lover”

Every night I hope and pray
A dream lover will come my way
A girl to hold in my arms
And know the magic of her charms
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone

Dream lover, where are you
With a love, oh, so true
And the hand that I can hold
To feel you near as I grow old
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah, yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone

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Someday, I don’t know how
I hope she’ll hear my plea
Some way, I don’t know how
She’ll bring her love to me

Dream lover, until then
I’ll go to sleep and dream again
That’s the only thing to do
Till all my lover’s dreams come true
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah, yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone

Dream lover, until then
I’ll go to sleep and dream again
That’s the only thing to do
Till all my lover’s dreams come true
‘Cause I want (yeah-yeah, yeah)
A girl (yeah-yeah, yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah, yeah)
My own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover
So I don’t have to dream alone

Please don’t make me dream alone
I beg you don’t make me dream alone
No, I don’t wanna dream