Daydream Believer

"Daydream Believer" is a song composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. The song was originally recorded by The Monkees in 1967, with Davy Jones singing lead vocals.


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YOU CAN PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO RECORDING! Thanks to Sharon B for bringing this song to BUG way back in 2012! If you prefer not to play the chord riff on the last line of the two verses, you can just play G!  

So instead of :

/ [G]stings [G] ↓↑ [Gsus2] ↓↑ [G] ↓↑ / [Gsus4] ↓↑ [G] ↓↑ [Gsus2] ↓↑ [G] /

just play:

/ [G] stings / [G] /

I've put in a shuffle strum on those chords, but you can also just do one downstroke on each if you like - but it could sound a bit choppy for some - the shuffle strums fill and smooth it out. Remember also that the uBass at BUG will be playing the relevant notes on each of those chords, i.e., / B, B, A, B / C, B, A, G /.

"Daydream Believer" hit the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the Monkees' third and last No. 1 hit in the U.S. The song was included on the Monkees' 1968 album The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees. All four Monkees appear on the track; in addition to the lead vocals by Jones, Michael Nesmith plays lead guitar, Peter Tork plays piano, and Micky Dolenz sings backing vocals. Tork created the piano introduction, and the orchestral arrangement was created by jazz trumpeter and composer Shorty Rogers, who included the same seven-note phrase preceding the chorus that can be heard on the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda."

In 1979, "Daydream Believer" was recorded by Canadian singer Anne Murray, whose version reached No. 3 on the U.S. country singles chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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