Dream Weaver

Album: The Dream Weaver (1975)
Charted: 2
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  • In this very spiritual song, the Dream Weaver gives the singer strength and connects him to a higher consciousness. On Gary Wright's official site, he explained:

    "In 1972, my friend George Harrison invited me to accompany him on a trip to India. A few days before we left, he gave me a copy of the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Needless to say the book inspired me deeply, and I became totally fascinated with Indian culture and philosophy. My trip was an experience I will never forget. During the early '70s while reading more of the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, I came across a poem called God! God! God!. One of the lines in the poem referred to the idea of the mind weaving dreams and the thought immediately occurred to me, weaver of dreams... Dream Weaver. I wrote it down in my journal of song titles and forgot about it. Several months passed, and one weekend, while in the English countryside, I picked up my journal and came across the title 'Dream Weaver.' Feeling inspired, I picked up my acoustic guitar and began writing. The song was finished in an hour. The lyrics and music seemed to have flowed out of me as if written by an unseen source. After the record was released and became successful many people asked me what the song meant. I really wasn't sure myself and would answer 'it was about a kind of fantasy experience... a Dream Weaver train taking you through the cosmos.' But I was never satisfied with that explanation, and as years went by I began to reflect on what the song actually meant and then it came to me: 'Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night...' was a song about someone with infinite compassion and love carrying us through the night of our trials and suffering. None other than God Himself."
  • This song is done completely with keyboards and synthesizer with drums in background - a pop rarity in 1970s. When we he started recording The Dream Weaver album, Wright realized that the songs sounded fine without guitars, so he didn't use them. The novelty of a keyboard-driven rock record got him a lot of publicity in the music press.
  • This was popularized in both the skit and movie versions of the Saturday Night Live sketch Wayne's World. It's also featured in the end credits of the 1996 biographical film The People Vs. Larry Flynt. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Carlos - Brooklyn, NY, for all above
  • New Jersey native Wright fronted the British band Spooky Tooth in the 1960s. He also played keyboards in the group.
  • Wright's follow-up hit, "Love is Alive," also hit #2 in the US, but has not endured as a radio staple the way this song has. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Carlos - Brooklyn, NY, for above 2

Comments: 35

  • Mister_mojo_risin from Atlanta UsaHave always loved this song -- VERY underrated. Think Wayne's World (although I am a fan) bastardized this one...

    True 70's sound....
  • Ross Vertigan from Morwell, Victoria, AustraliaOne of many songs that has sent chills up and down my spine, beautiful song.
  • Kevin N from Ft Thomas KyA true classic !
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI was at a laser show in the late 70s and this was one of the songs that it so nicely incorporated.
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.The best time to listen to this song is when you’re at that netherworld stage of consciousness, between being drowsy and just at the edge of falling asleep...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 21st 1976, Gary Wright performed "Dream Weaver" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #18 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and exactly one month later on March 21st, 1976 it would peak at #2 for three weeks {See second post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 11th 1976, Gary Wright performed "Dream Weaver" and "My Love Is Alive" on the ABC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
    (See the next post below).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 28th, 1975, "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 21st, 1976 it peaked at #2 (for 3 weeks) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
    The first week it was at #2, "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)" by The Four Seasons was at #1; then during the 2nd & 3rd week at #2 it was "Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor that held the #1 spot...
    He had only one other Top 10 record, "Love Is Alive", but it also peaked at #2 (on July 25th, 1976 for 2 weeks) and stayed on the Top 100 for over a half-year (27 weeks)...
    The 1st week "Love Is Alive" was at #2, "Kiss and Say Goodbye" by Manhattans was #1; and for the 2nd week at #2, Elton John & Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" held the top spot...
    Mr. Wright will celebrate his 71st birthday come next April 26th.
  • Belinda from Cresskill, NjI met The Dream Weaver!! My hero since late 1975!! That was always my dream!! I saw 'L' and 'HM', too!! Look at the 1976 midnight special video!! I love "Fascinating Things" !! Listen to the lyrics and singing!!
  • Jocelyn from Tenefly, NjThere was a poster in 1975/6 that said "Gary is the Dream Weaver". In those days everyone used to ask eachother "Do you like that song Dream Weaver?" and everyone would say "Love it!".
    In those days I used to say to myself 'this guy is a super-hero...I wish he were here with me..."
  • Dalinda from Cresskill, NjAll my girlfriends Love Gary! His singing is that of an angel. He's the Dream Weaver! We all look at the back of the album the way he's standing there,arms folded,long scarf,boots and with no expression, how handsome. All his songs got us through the night. Thank You Dream Weaver.
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjYea I love Footprint "Fascinating Things" the guitarrist is a genius but you-know-who is our favorite. 1976 Best Male Vocalist of the Don Kirschner Award.
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjThis guy was with us since the 70's + we all love him
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjTotal Genius...The Dream Weaver...is Gary
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjThis guy is a genius.
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjThe greatest songs ever are; Love Is Alive, Made To Love You, Feel For Me, Let It Out, Blind Feeling and Dream Weaver to say the least not to mention all the rest.
  • Linda from Saddle River, NjRead Mark's website about the Tommy Tribute and you'll see that all those musicians played together in The Dream Weaver/Comes Alive tour of the summer of 1976.Mark is an unbeleivably great musician and great guy.I know Mark,too.
  • Elizabeth from Mahwah, NjYea, she looks exactly like Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I thought it was her when I first saw this 1976 summer tour video of the Dream Weaver tour.
  • Wendy from Saddle River, NjI would love to see the Vanilla Fudge play a show with Gary.
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjMy friend played in a popular band with one of the backup keyboard players in the "love is alive" video. They were playing in this tour with the two superstar bands (the dream weaver tour and the comes alive tour).We talked and he's a nice guy.1975 and 76 was the time of genius musicians total genius.
  • Belinda from Demarest, NjThis artist is a genius. me and my girlfriends love him - he's so handsome. his albums The Dream Weaver and The Light Of Smiles and the rest are the greatest ever. we love all the songs - not just the popular songs. i talked to one of the back up keyboard players' relatives in the 1976 video and he was playing in the "comes alive" tour and my friend still knows the backup keyboard player in the "love is alive" live summer 1976 video. imagine that. in the summer of 1975 my friend was invited to a celebration for the dream weaver album in the Demarest area right near where they found the dwarskill mastodon the previous year. that was right near the barn house where the genius artist composed all the songs of The Dream Weaver album.Listen to the lyrics from The Light Of Smiles album "there's love in your eyes".The ladies get tears in their eyes listening to this genius artist.
  • Chris from Sevierville, Tnone of those songs that I recorded from the radio on one of those ancient things, you know, "Cassette Tape"!!! Love the song, even though I was only three when it first came out.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Mdlisten to Miracles by Jefferson Starship off Red Octopus . I was made to love you and the moon.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Mdlisten to the jefferson starship's song 'with your love' off their 1976 spitfire album and then listen to 'miracles' off their 1975 red octopus album and watch the videos with grace,marty and paul and notice how fantastic grace looks. jorma and jack played in the starship ,however, they were playing w/hot tuna at that time,too. read the narrative next to the 'miracles' video, one of the guys in the band typed a fascinating narrative about the red octopus recording sessions and he was playing in those tracks.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Mddecember 1975 the 2 coolest songs were dream weaver and the jefferson starship's 'miracles'.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Mdin the summer of 1975 when they celebrated the completion of the dream weaver album , my friend went , it was in harrington park , i think.
    listen to the words of "made to love you"
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Mdlook at the back of the album and you'll see him standing there arms folded,long scarf,boots and totally expressionless.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, MdHe wrote all the songs and lyrics + produced the album. I read that he worked on the album in a barn house all by himself right near here in New Jersey before recording it in L.A.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, Md(good comment about david foster.)

    My friend (a reverend of a church)said 'you know who' visited him here in new jersey one evening around 1979 to say hello and brought his son (who had a brittish accent) and he liked my friends wooden soldier artwork.
  • Jim from Yuba City Md, MdThis dude is originally from the next town in Jersey. We all know his friends from "back in the day"...all the chicks had and have a crush on him. My friend played session-musician on most of his 1970's albums and a friend of mine attended the celebration of the Dream Weaver album recording-somewhere around Cresskill in the summer of 1975 and guess who was there(?).
    My friend who is now a reverend of a church remembered Lorna,too.
    My friend George (not Harrison) also was friends w/somebody + he gave her a bouquet of carnations 'back in the day'... now George resides the next street over from where the Dream Weaver resided back in Jersey. There is knowone we are more proud of than "the dream weaver" himself from Cresskill new jersey.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InNice, work with the synths that predated all the crappy cheeseball stuff using it that followed.
    This song also tips the hat to Pink Floyd with the line "Fly me away to the bright side of the moon/And meet me on the other side."
    Killer track, definitely, and his followup "Love is Alive" always takes me back to those great summer days at the reservoir.
  • Guitar Chic from Small Town, KyThis song is super spiritual...if you are not connected you'll never get it. Awesome tune and great lyrics!

    I've just closed my eyes again
    Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
    Driver take away my worries of today
    And leave tomorrow behind
    Ooh dream weaver
    I believe you can get me through the night
    Ooh dream weaver
    I believe we can reach the morning light
    Fly me high through the starry skies
    Maybe to an astral plane
    Cross the highways of fantasy
    Help me to forget today's pain
    Though the dawn may be coming soon
    There still may be some time
    Fly me away to the bright side of the moon
    And meet me on the other side...
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdThis was an early hit for producer David Foster who worked on the Dream Weaver album.
  • Sherry from Wellsville, NyAmber, I am the same way. The song has a sense of "vastness" about it. When I was a kid I'd listen to the radio for literally hours waiting to hear this song.
  • Amber from Yuba City, CaThis was the first song that ever made me cry, I still to this day don't know why. Everytime I hear it I get kinda melancholy.
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