Album: Daydream (1966)
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  • What a day for a daydream
    What a day for a daydreamin' boy
    And I’m lost in a daydream
    Dreamin' ‘bout my bundle of joy
    And even if time ain’t really on my side
    It’s one of those days for takin' a walk outside
    I’m blowin’ the day to take a walk in the sun
    And fall on my face on somebody's new mowed lawn

    I've been havin’ a sweet dream
    I been dreamin’ since I woke up today
    It’s starrin’ me and my sweet dream
    'Cause she's the one that makes me feel this way

    And even if time has passing me by a lot
    I couldn't care less about the dues you say I got
    Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for droppin’ my load
    A pie in your face for bein' a sleepy bulltoad

    And you can be sure that if you're feelin’ right
    A daydream will last along into the night
    Tomorrow at breakfast you may pick up your ears
    Or you may be daydreamin' for a thousand years

    What a day for a daydream
    Custom made for a daydreamin' boy
    And now I’m lost in a daydream
    Dreamin ‘bout my bundle of joy Writer/s: JOHN SEBASTIAN
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, CARLIN AMERICA INC
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Comments: 11

  • Birgit From The Red Oak Forest from TorontoI think this song is pretty well timeless...even in the past decades of multi-tasking and striving it has played in the recesses of my mind and blows out full throttle given the chance. Hoping that, now in the time of covid, this unabashably joyful and radical song will befriend new generations.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {April 15th} the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Daydream" on the British ITV network television program, 'Ready Steady Go!'....
    At the time "Daydream" was at #23 on the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 chart, three weeks later it would peak at #2* {for 1 week} and it spent thirteen weeks on the Top 50...
    Between 1965 and 1969 the New York City-based quartet had fourteen records on the Billboard's Top 100 chart, seven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Summer In The City", for three weeks on August 7th, 1966...
    Their only Top 20 record was "Darling Be Home Soon", it peaked at #15 {for 1 week} in 1967, and the song was featured in the movie 'You're A Big Boy Now'...
    Sadly, guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away at the young age of 57 on December 13th, 2002...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week "Daydream" peaked at #2 on the UK Top 50 chart, the #1 record for that week was "Pretty Flamingo" by Manfred Mann...
  • Youbert from UsaA pie in the face for bein' asleep before dawn.
  • Tagteam from London, OnHave always loved this tune and everything by the Spoonful.
    Most lyrics sources credit Bacharach and David for writing, though.
    Any way to find out who really wrote it?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1966, the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Daydream" on the NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo!'...
    Just under two weeks later on February 20th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #76; and on April 3rd it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 12 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    The two weeks it was at #2; the #1 record for both those weeks was "(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers...
    It the 3rd of seven straight Top 10 records released by the quartet; "Do You Believe in Magic" (#9), "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" (#10), then this one, "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" (#2), "Summer in the City" (#1 for 3 weeks), "Rain on the Roof" (#10), and finally "Nashville Cats" (#8)...
    Sadly, lead guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away on December 13th, 2002 at the young age of 57.
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnA very hard song to write, actually: a song about doing nothing at all, but being completely happy doing nothing, and making the listener want to do nothing along with you. A different time and place. Could never be a hit now, not in this era of multi-tasking.
  • David from New York, NyThis song was also the inspiration for "Sunny Afternoon," by the Kinks, although the Kinks went in a decidedly darker direction than the Lovin' Spoonful or The Beatles.
  • Valerie from Eureka, CaWow! I can't believe there are no comments about this band. They were a great 60's band. I know I am revealing my age but this was a great band. They didn't do anything spectacular or cause riots but their music was fun, happy and always enjoyable. I saw them back then in concert, John Sebastian did his own whistling in Day Dream and kind of turned to Zally afterwards with and expression of 'whew! I did it!' referring to whistling without any problems.
  • Richel from Santa Ana, Capaolo nutini does a marvelous rendition of this song...
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaJohn Sebastian perfectly captures the laziness of a warm summer's day! What a classic!!
  • Milton from Island, CanadaThis song is as fun to listen to as a pb&J sandwich on a cool autumn day
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