Sweet Dreams

Don Gibson

About Sweet Dreams

"Sweet Dreams" or "Sweet Dreams (of You)" is a country ballad, which was written by Don Gibson. Gibson originally recorded the song in 1955; his version hit the top ten of Billboard's country chart, but was eclipsed by the success of a competing version by Faron Young. In 1960, after Gibson had established himself as a country music superstar, he released a new version as a single. This version also charted in the top ten on the country chart and also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number ninety-three. The song has become a country standard, with other notable versions by Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris. 


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Sweet dreams of you
Every night I go through
Why can't I forget you and start my life a new
Instead of having sweet dreams about you

You don't love me, it's plain
I should know you'll never wear your ring
I should hate you the whole night through
Instead of having sweet dreams about you

Sweet dreams of you
Every night I go through
Why can't I forget you and start my life a new
Instead of having sweet dreams about you

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Don Gibson

Donald Eugene "Don" Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003) was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", and enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970s. more »

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9 facts about this song

Songwriter & Original Singer
"Sweet Dreams" was written and first recorded by country music artist Don Gibson in 1955. As a part of his album "Don Gibson Sings," the song quickly became popular.
Chart Achievements
Gibson's rendition of "Sweet Dreams" was a big hit, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard country chart in 1956.
Earlier in his career, Faron Young, another country music prodigy, released a cover version of "Sweet Dreams" in 1956. Young's version topped the country chart for several weeks and crossed over to the pop Top 20.
Patsy Cline's Version
"Sweet Dreams" was also performed by Patsy Cline in 1963. Her version went on to become one of her signature songs. Even though she succumbed to a plane crash early that year, "Sweet Dreams" made it to the No.5 spot on Billboard's country chart after her death.
Emmylou Harris' Version
In 1976, Emmylou Harris released her own version of "Sweet Dreams," which she included on her album, "Elite Hotel." Harris' rendition peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Film Score
The song was prominently featured in the 1985 film "Sweet Dreams" based on Patsy Cline's life. Jessica Lange, who played the role of Cline, performed the song in the film.
Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" is often recognized as one of country music's greatest songs. Its country music's zeitgeist quality has led it to be covered by numerous artists over the decades, each adding their own impressions to the masterpiece.
Other Versions
Other than the primary performers, the song has been covered by a wide variety of artists, including Reba McEntire, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, and, more recently, Kelly Clarkson.
Emotional Impact
"Sweet Dreams" is highly praised for recounting a tale of lost love with simple lyrics and a straightforward melody. The emotional impact provided by the song has resonated with audiences for over 60 years, cementing its place in the annals of country music history.

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