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"I Have Dreamed"
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II
"I Have Dreamed"
Single by Chad & Jeremy
from the album I Don't Want to Lose You Baby
B-side"Should I"
Released22 September 1965
Recorded1 February 1965–24 June 1965
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II
Producer(s)Lor Crane
Chad & Jeremy singles chronology
"September in the Rain"
"I Have Dreamed"
"Teenage Failure"
"I Have Dreamed"
Single by The Lettermen
from the album I Have Dreamed
B-side"The Pendulum Swings Both Ways"
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II
The Lettermen singles chronology
"Put Your Head on My Shoulder"
"I Have Dreamed"
"Hurt So Bad"

"I Have Dreamed" is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. In the original Broadway production it was sung by Doretta Morrow and Larry Douglas. It has since become a standard, with many artists recording the song.[1]


In the show, the characters of Lun Tha and Tuptim sing of how they have dreamt of their true love blossoming in freedom, as they prepare to escape from the King's palace. This is in contrast to the subdued mood of the song "We Kiss in a Shadow", when they fear that the King will learn of their love.

"I Have Dreamed" was added to the score of The King and I during its out-of-town tryout run. The song was recorded for the soundtrack of the 1956 film version of The King and I, but, ultimately, no footage was shot to feature it. Only the melody is heard in the film, as incidental music prior to the "We Kiss in a Shadow" sequence. However, "I Have Dreamed" was retained on the soundtrack album where it was sung by Reuben Fuentes and Leona Gordon.[2]


The tune has been accused of similarities to Alfred Newman's track, "The Hill of the Brilliant Green Jade", from the 1944 film The Keys of the Kingdom starring Gregory Peck,[3] though only seven notes are the same.

Recorded versions


  1. ^ "I Have Dreamed". Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "The King and I Original Movie Soundtrack Recording". AllMusic. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Lost in the Shuffle XIX". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 150.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 51.
  6. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. October 9, 1965. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-03-09.