Daydream Believer

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"Daydream Believer"
The Monkees single 05 Daydream Believer.jpg
US single cover
Single by The Monkees
from the album The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
B-side "Goin' Down"
Released October 25, 1967
Format 7"
Recorded June 14 & August 9, 1967
RCA Victor Studios
Hollywood, CA
Length 2:54
Label Colgems #1012
Songwriter(s) John Stewart
Producer(s) Chip Douglas
The Monkees singles chronology
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"Daydream Believer"

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"Daydream Believer"

Peaked at #1 on December 2, 1967

The Monkees singles chronology
"That Was Then, This Is Now"
(1986) That Was Then, This Is Now1986
"Daydream Believer (remix)"
(1986) Daydream Believer (remix)1986
"Heart and Soul"
(1987) Heart and Soul1987

A folk singer named John Stewart wrote this song. Stewart was a member of The Kingston Trio from 1961 to 1967, and he wrote this shortly after leaving the group and teaming up with a pre-famous John Denver. In 1968, Stewart became the official musician of the Democratic party, which involved traveling with Senator Robert Kennedy during his Presidential campaign. In 1979 he had a Top 5 US hit with "Gold." This was the Monkees' last #1 single before they drifted apart. It was soon knocked out of #1 by The Beatles "Hello Goodbye." >> John Stewart died on January 19, 2008 from a massive stroke. In a letter posted on the Kingston Trio site, Stewart's close friend Tom Delisle wrote: "John Stewart leaves a compilation of musical excellence unparalleled in his time. He recorded over 45 solo albums following his seven years in the Kingston Trio, 1961-67. He worked all the way up to the time of his death, having recently completed his latest as-yet untitled album. It is estimated that he wrote more than 600 unique and highly personal songs, many of them constituting a modern musical history of his beloved America." >> The song was covered by Anne Murray in 1979. Her version reached #3 on the US Country chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song returned to the Hot 100 for a third time in 1986 when a re-tooled version by the reunited Monkees peaked at #79. A version by Olivia Newton-John appears in the 2011 movie A Few Best Men, in which she also has a role. >> To appease their record label, the Monkees had to make one small change to Stewart's lyrics. The group's drummer Micky Dolenz explains: "As we sing it, there's a line 'Now, you know how happy I can be.' John wrote 'Now, you know how funky I can be.' But the music department said, 'The Monkees are not singing the word 'funky. [Laughs] Funky meant oily, and greasy, and sexy - and they weren't going to have us say it." Lead singer Davy Jones named this as his favorite Monkees song.

Music video

Other versions


Oh, I could hide neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings
The six o`clock alarm
Would never ring

But it rings and I rise
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor`s cold
And it stings

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen

You once thought of me as
A white knight on a steed
Now you know how
Happy I can be

Oh, and our good
Times start and end
Without dollar one to spend
But how much, baby
Do we really need

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen

Weekly charts

Chart (1967) Peak
November 18, 1967 33
November 25, 1967 5
December 2, 1967 1
December 9, 1967 1
December 16, 1967 1
December 23, 1967 1
December 30, 1967 3
January 6, 1968 2
January 13, 1968 3
January 20, 1968 6
January 27, 1968 8
February 3, 1968 24