Song Lyric Sunday | “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Animal.


This wasn’t a song I’d originally planned, but the passing of (band member) Peter Tork last month brought this group and song to mind from my grade school days, so I used this week’s theme in a group’s name… The Monkees.

Daydream Believer was composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio and originally recorded by The Monkees, with Davy Jones singing the lead. The single reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart.

Stewart said that it was supposed to be the third in a trilogy of songs about suburban life. Married couples start out in an idealistic haze, but after a few years it wears off, and each sees the other as he or she really is. This is, supposedly, when genuine love is proven.


  • Many people did not think Daydream Believer would be popular. It had been turned down by We Five and Spanky and Our Gang, and even Davy Jones was “pissed off” about recording the song. His vocals show a hint of annoyance at the ongoing takes.
  • RCA Records did not like the song as written by Stewart either, and insisted on changing a critical word. Stewart originally wrote “Now you know how funky I can be,” but RCA wanted to change that to “Now you know how happy I can be”, as one meaning of “funky” is “smelly”.Stewart initially objected because it completely reversed the meaning of the line and made no sense in the context of the song. He relented because RCA was adamant and Stewart realized the song could well be a hit. In 2007, Stewart said that the proceeds of Daydream Believer “[didn’t just] pay the rent. It kept me alive all these years.”
  • In the album version, the track begins with a spoken dialogue that goes:
    • Chip Douglas: “7A…”
    • Davy Jones: “What number is this, Chip?”
    • Douglas (with probably the recording engineer): “SEVEN – A!”
    • Jones: “Okay, I don’t mean to get you excited, man. It’s ’cause I’m short, I know…”
  • Daydream Believer was the Monkees’ last No. 1 hit in the U.S.


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Daydream Believer

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees

    1. Did anyone dislike the Monkees? That simply wasn’t possible! 😄

      We all felt a little emptier losing Davy and Peter. It was as though part of our childhood went with them, and those were such good days and good times.

      Many thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Have an awesome week! 😊

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  1. I am 77, so this music was in my times, and I loved the Monkees. Had a girlfriend when I was young who was dating one of them, but I can’t remember who it was or what her name was now. Great stuff! Loved the article.


  2. I thought of doing the Monkees for Peter as well, but in the end, stuck with my original choice. There are so many great Monkees trivia bits – Mike Nesmith’s Mom invented Liquid Paper, David Bowie’s real name was Jones but he didn’t want to be mistaken for a Monkee (as if all his personas were better LOL) and Neil Diamond was not allowed to record “I’m A Believer” because it was sold to the Monkees. He even had to pay royalties for his own song for a few years. But it was all worked out by the time Smashmouth made a hit in Shrek!

    Anyway, I loved your pick. I didn’t know that about Davy – I thought he was the easy-going one of the four. Canada’s Anne Murray also made a hit with it.

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