Darn That Dream

Darn That Dream

PROFILE
Composer Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist Eddie DeLange
Year Written 1939
ABOUT Darn That Dream
“Darn That Dream” was written for the 1939 musical Swingin’ the Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The cast had many big names: Louis Armstrong playing Bottom, Maxine Sullivan as Titania, Bill Bailey and Dorothy Dandridge. It only ran for 13 performances and is considered to be a flop. Fortunately, “Darn That Dream” proved to be a big hit and earned some money for the investors.

Lyrics

Darn that dream
I dream each night
You say you love me and hold me tight
But when I awake, you’re out of sight
Oh, darn that dream

Darn your lips and darn your eyes
They lift me high above the moonlit skies
Then I tumble out of paradise
Oh, darn that dream

Darn that crazy one track mind of mine
It can’t understand that you don’t care
Just to change the mood I’m in
I’d welcome a nice old nightmare

Darn that dream
And bless it too
Without that dream I never would have you
But it haunts me and it won’t come true

Darn that dream

Session / Album Information

1954

This song was recorded on August 11, 1954 and released in 1955 on the album Cloud 7.


This recording also released on:

  • 2004:  Columbia CD: CK 85806 — Cloud 7
  • 2004:  Jazz CD: 5060392000 — Cloud 7
  • 2007:  Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008:  Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #9 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK9) Cloud 7

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