Saturday, March 03, 2012

Daydream Believer, oh what can it mean?

Monkees Daydream Believer albumn Cover
Record cover from wikipedia
With all the news and interest surrounding the untimely death of former teen heart-throb, Monkee Davy Jones, the song Daydream Believer has been rolling around in the head incessantly. Then this morning the iTunes splash page had a "tribute" to Jones (actually a way to cash in on 45 year old recordings), so I clicked on the sample button and listened to the cherubic Davy and the boys belting out the old song.

It was then that I realized that the lyrics I remembered - and indeed the ones I was now listening too, didn't make sense and were probably wrong. It was one of those "'cuze me while I kiss this guy" type of things.

I thought they were singing:

Cheer up sweet be-jeeze
Oh what can it mean
To a
Daydream believer, under
Home coming queen.

I kept listening, but for the life of me could not figure out what the heck he was singing. In desperation (not really) I looked up the correct lyrics and this is what they are:

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

By the way, the rest of the lyrics are also a hoot; check them out. What the hell were they smoking in those days!

Photo credit: from wikipedia

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