The first single from Vanessa Carlton's fourth album Rabbits on the Run
, she told us "Carousel" is "the only song I've ever written in a dream that sounded great in the morning." Apparently, many of the best songs come in the form of dreams, but capturing them before they flutter off is the challenge - perhaps the best example is how Keith Richards managed to get the "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
" riff on tape before he fell back to sleep.
For Carlton, she was enjoying a pleasant dream where the "da na na na na" tune was floating around. To her, it sounded like a musical scale. Said Carlton: "I woke up with a feeling more than the words. But I had the scale and I had the rhythm of the chorus, which is like you're resting on the one note. It was like 3:30, I'd woken up, and I went out to the piano and just recorded it quickly on my garage band, the piano part - I have no idea how I remembered it. So I just played that and then I went back to bed. And now the words started coming, the vibe of the song lyrically, it was all coming. And I wrote it all down in the dark in my Blackberry." (Check out our full interview with Vanessa Carlton