Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster song)

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    BEAUTIFUL DREAMER is a love song from the pen of Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1892, though the claim has been made it was the last song he wrote before his death in 1894. Sung here as a parlour style song with a male trio, Beautiful Dreamer is a throwback to turn of the century love songs, and holds pleasant memories for many who remember these old classics. A few of the artists how have recorded Beautiful Dreamer: Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, the Beatles, and Jim Reeves who sang it in Afrikaan! It has appeared in numerous movies and television programs, as one might expect - including the Twilight Zone, Sponge Bob Square Pants, & Little House On The Prairie.

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Beautiful Dreamer (a Stephen Foster song) is a men's trio with light accompaniment featuring acoustic piano, strings, and electric guitar. One program note - one might interpret the "Millikan Male Trio" to be myself and my sons Jesse and Luke, and while that might have been the case, it is not here. What you are hearing is a recording of all the Steve Millikans in or very near Atlanta, Indiana.



Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea,
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelei;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!


from Fun Wedding Songs, released July 29, 2011
Beautiful Dreamer was produced and arranged by Steve Millikan. Vocals by Steve Millikan, Alan Mills, and The Milkman. ©2011 Weedom & Reap/ASCAP/All Rights Reserved



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