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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.
David Burnham with Tracy Venner Warren (1999) for the 1999 Richard Rich studio animation of The King and I
Chad & Jeremy had a (Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1965, where it peaked at #91, and #22 on the Easy Listening chart;Billboard said of it that "the Rodgers-Hammerstein tune is beautifully revived with this smooth vocal with strong dance beat backing.")