Dream of You and I

Album: You and I (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This Jeff Buckley song was originally recorded during sessions in February 1993. Steve Berkowitz, who had signed Buckley to Columbia the previous autumn, referred to the demos as a "Table of Contents" for the singer. The track, along with some other choice extracts from the sessions, were finally made public in 2016 as the You and I compilation album.
  • Berkowitz recalled the story of the song to Uncut: "We had got to the point in the sessions of, 'So, what else have you got?' when I heard him singing, 'You and I, you and I.' I said, 'What is that, where did that come from?' Click. Record. 'Yeah, this was a dream…' and he started telling the story about a gay couple. This was a kind of verboten subject in 1993, but not in Jeff's world. There are people dying of AIDS all around us in the Village. That was 'Dream of You and I.' It's almost some kind of healing chant."

    "I thought, 'This is fantastic, this is going to be an opera,' but of course, it's just two minutes of his brain working! We kept thinking we would come back to it one day. We thought there would be many more days. We didn't think they would get cut short. And he was never one for going backwards."

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