This song was originally released as the B-side to the single version of "Crazy On You."
There are four different versions of this song by Heart: On the album, there's "Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)" (track #2), "Dreamboat Annie" (track #5), and "Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)" (track #10). And then there's the single version, released stand-alone from the album.
This song is a departure from Heart's usual hard rock fare. Being a softer, gentler track, it brought Heart's first US Adult Contemporary singles chart, where it reached #17. Heart didn't make this chart again until 1986, with "These Dreams."
The Dreamboat Annie album was the one which stirred up controversy with Heart's label Mushroom Records. After seeing the sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson on the cover of the album, Mushroom Records ran a full-page ad in Rolling Stone with the caption "it was only their first time," in a sexist and tasteless attempt to characterize the sisters as lesbian lovers.
Vince from CanadaI heard this story a long time ago from a girl who used to live out West and knew the Wilson sisters....
Apparently Anne Wilson was high on something (probably LSD) one afternoon, and was watching TV. The "Steamboat Willie" Mickey Mouse cartoon came on and she'd never seen it before (this was before VHS, DVDs, etc.) and was quite enamoured with it. She later had a drug-heightened dream where she was floating around on a cloud ship, seeing the world from a surrealistic cartoon-like and negative perspective, and when she woke, wrote down the concept of "Dreamboat Annie".
If the story is true, it's essentially a drug-fueled dream sequence about Anne's loneliness and isolation brought on by (and partially named for) a Disney cartoon.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 12th 1976 "Dreamboat Annie" by Heart entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on January 30th, 1970 it peaked at #42 and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100... Was one of three tracks from their 'Dreamboat Annie' album to make the Top 100 (others were "Magic Man", reached #9, and "Crazy on You" peaked at #35... The album reached #7 on Billboard's Top 100 Albums chart.
Ed from Canton, OhIs Dreamboat Annie an autobiographical song by Ann Wilson?