The Paul McCartney Project

Like Dreamers Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Like Dreamers Do 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


The Decca Audition

Jan 01, 1962


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Like Dreamers Do” is a song written by Paul McCartney in [1957] and is one of the earliest written songs credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was most notably performed by the group at their unsuccessful 1 January 1962 audition for Decca Records. This performance, which occurred prior to Ringo Starr joining the band and featured Pete Best on drums, was recorded by Decca and was finally released on the Beatles’ Anthology 1 in 1995.

In 1964, the track was recorded by Decca Records’ band the Applejacks and released as the group’s debut single, reaching No. 20 on the UK Singles Chart. The Applejacks worked with Mike Leander from Decca as the musical director. […]

From Something Else Reviews:

[“Like Dreamers Do” is] one of Paul McCartney’s earliest compositions. Written in 1957, McCartney and Lennon performed the song as far back as their Quarrymen days. As the Beatles grew in confidence, they decided to sneak it into setlists from their early 1960s Cavern Club shows. During this period, most bands never dared to perform original songs, preferring to please the crowd with familiar tunes. As McCartney told biographer Barry Miles, “For you to write it yourself was a bit plonky, and the songs obviously weren’t that great, but I felt we really had to break through that barrier because if we never tried our own songs we’d just never have the confidence to continue writing.” According to Tune In, Harrison believed “Like Dreamers Do” was heavily influenced by McCartney’s father Jim’s interest in George Gershwin tracks, such as “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise.

In the recording studio [during the Decca audtion], the Beatles played their usual positions. Paul McCartney on bass and lead vocal, John Lennon on rhythm guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar and Pete Best on drums. His voice at first noticeably quivering, McCartney sings the straightforward love song: “I saw a girl in my dreams, and so it seems that I will love her.” He appears to gain confidence after delivering the first chorus, playfully stretching out the syllable “I” as well as rhythmically chanting the word “you,” letting his voice gradually modulate downward before crooning the next verse.

McCartney’s Liverpudlian accent charmingly creeps in at various points, such as pronouncing “saw” as “saw-r.” At other times he imitates Elvis Presley’s style, which is particularly noticeable in the lines “You, you came just one dream ago, and now I know that I will love you.” He draws out the second syllable in “ago,” turning the word into “ago-uh.” The word “know” receives the same treatment, this time turning it into a two-syllable term (“know-uh”). McCartney’s stage name early on in his music career was “Paul Ramon,” and he sounds as if he was channeling that persona here.

What “Like Dreamers Do” portrays is a very young band searching for their distinctive sound. Paul McCartney and the others are in the “imitative” stage, emulating their idols and popular songs of the day. Yet unlike their peers, the Beatles began composing their own material, risking the disapproval of audiences craving familiar songs. Lennon and McCartney recognized that a catchy hook would attract listeners, and writing about universally relatable subject would ensure that teenagers would purchase the singles. They would refine the technique in a remarkably short period of time, but “Like Dreamers Do” is an admirable first attempt.

Interestingly, “Like Dreamers Do” would gain new life once Beatlemania took over. As the Beatles rehearsed for a television appearance in 1964, they met then-rising UK beat group the Applejacks. Riding high on their top ten hit “Tell Me When,” the group also became notable for having a female bass guitarist. Impressed, Lennon and McCartney offered an original composition to them: “Like Dreamers Do.” The group’s spirited cover would peak at No. 20 on the UK pop charts.

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

Like Dreamers Do was one of the very first songs I wrote and tried out at the Cavern. We did a weak arrangement but certain of the kids liked it because it was unique, none of the other groups did it. It was actually a bit of a joke to try your own songs… For you to write it yourself was a bit plonky, and the songs obviously weren’t that great, but I felt we really had to break through that barrier because if we never tried our own songs we’d just never have the confidence to continue writing.

Last updated on July 9, 2017

Lyrics

I, I saw a girl in my dreams
And so it seems
That I will love her

Oh you, you are that girl
In my dreams
And so it seems
That I will love you

And I waited for your kiss
Waited for the bliss
Like dreamers do

And I, I, I
Oh I'll be there, yeah
Waiting for you, you, you

You, you came just one dream ago
And now I know that I will love you
Oh I knew when you first said hello
That's how I know
That I will love you

And I, I, I waited for your kiss
Waited for the bliss
Like dreamers do

And I, I, I
Oh I'll be there, yeah
Waiting for you, you, you

You, you came just one dream ago
And now I know that I will love you
Oh I knew when you first said hello
That's how I know
That I will love you

And I, I, I waited for your kiss
Waited for the bliss
Like dreamers do
Oh like dreamers do
Like dreamers do

Officially appears on


Like Dreamers Do

7" Single • Released in 1964

Studio versionA


The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

Official album • Released in 1979

2:31 • Studio versionA


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:36 • Studio rehearsalB

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
Pete Best :
Drums
Mike Smith :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jan 01, 1962
Studio :
Decca Studios

Bootlegs


I Hope We Passed The Audition

Unofficial live

2:36 • Studio version


The Decca Tapes - The Definitive Edition

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

2:38 • Demo

Live performances

“Like Dreamers Do” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Manchester • Oasis Club • United Kingdom

Feb 02, 1962 • United Kingdom • Manchester • Oasis Club


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