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On the occasion of my last *planned* Hashtag Album, here's some "Songfacts" covering this 1979 'Blondie' tempter, "Dreaming" (*in other words, I've run out of major owned vinyl albums to post*):


'Blondie' guitarist Chris Stein wrote the music for this song and came up with the line "dreaming is free". Lead singer Debbie Harry would often write lyrics after hearing the tracks for the songs, and that's what she did here.

The song starts out with a coherent story - Harry getting propositioned in a restaurant - but it quickly veers off in many directions, simulating a dream where one idea jumps to the next with no real rhyme or reason. It works well with the theme and with the track, including the bridge where Harry repeats the first word of each line:

"Feet feet, walking a two mile
Meet meet, meet me at the turnstile"

A similar structure can be heard in the 1982 Kim Wilde song "Kids In America". Chris Stein said this song was "pretty much a cop" [copy] of "Dancing Queen" by 'ABBA'.

Perhaps is was just a convenient word to rhyme with "pleasure," but when Harry sings "A movie or a measure," the word "measure" could be interpreted a few different ways. It might mean a plan of action, as in taking some kind of trip, or possibly a measure in the musical sense, meaning the rhythm.


The song made it to No. 27 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, and recorded a stonking No. 2 placing in the UK Singles chart in the same year.

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1979 - Chrysalis - United States
Posted: 11th April 2018
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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