Day Dream

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PROFILE
Composers Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington
Lyricist John LaTouche
Year Written 1941
About Day Dream
Acknowledged to have been written solely by Strayhorn, “Day Dream” is a lovely song with a strong Strayhorn touch, enhanced by the thoughtful lyrics by John LaTouche. The first recording was in 1941 and featured Johnny Hodges on saxophone and Billy Strayhorn on piano. Other notable recordings include this one by Tony Bennett, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Lyrics

Funny the way I feel now
Can’t keep my feet on the ground
Ev’rything seems unreal now
When you’re not around:
Day Dream why do you haunt me so
Deep in a rosy glow the face of my love you show
Day Dream I walk along on air building a castle there
for me and my love to share.
Don’t know the time Lordy, I’m in a daze
Sun in the sky, while I moon around feeling hazy
Day dream don’t break my reverie until I find that
She is day dreaming just like me.
Day Dream why do you haunt me so
Deep in a rosy glow the face of my love you show
Day Dream I walk along on air building a castle there
For me and my love to share.
Don’t know the time Lordy, I’m in a daze
Sun in the sky, while I moon around feeling hazy
Day dream don’t break my reverie until I find that
She is day dreaming just like me.

Session / Album Information

1964

“Day Dream” was recorded on May 25, 1964. It features Herbie Hancock (piano), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums).

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

1999

“Day Dream” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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