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The Dreamer [song lyrics]

Song lyrics to The Dreamer (1943). Music by Arthur Schwartz, Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Sung by Dinah Shore in Thank Your Lucky Stars

The Dreamer is a song about a farm girl waiting for her soldier boyfriend to return home after World War II. In Thank Your Lucky Stars, it is firstsung by Dinah Shore. Later, it’s comically reprised by Olivia de Havilland, George Tobias, and Ida Lupino.

The early birdy used to sing
“Go to work, go to work, better go to work”
And a day was a busy thing.
But now without you-ooh, you-ooh
That birdy sings another tune
“Stay asleep, stay asleep, better stay asleep”
All morning, night and noon.

The dreamer, the dreamer
I reckon that’s my name since you’re gone away
But how’m I gonna see you ‘less I dream all day
All the long and miserable day

They call me the dreamer
They tell me it’s a shame
How lazy I seem
But how’m I gonna hold you ‘less I dream, dream, dream …

So I stroll among the trees
Like I didn’t have a chore to do
And I let the summer breeze come and kiss me
Like a real and true kiss from you

The dreamer, the dreamer
I reckon that’s my name
Why change it, what for
I wanna stay a dreamer till you’re home once more …

[instrumental]

So I stroll among the trees
Like I didn’t have a chore to do
And I let the summer breeze come and kiss me
Like a real and true kiss from you

The dreamer, the dreamer
I reckon that’s my name
Why change it, what for
I wanna stay a dreamer till you’re home once more …
Till you’re home and wakin’ me up once more …
Till you’re home and wakin’ me up once more

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