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"#9 Dream" is a song written by John Lennon and first issued on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges. It was released as the second single from that album months later, on Apple Recordscatalogue Apple 1878 in the United States and Apple R6003 in the United Kingdom. It peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 23 on the British singles chart. A video for the song was made in 2003.[1]

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Lennon liked the string arrangement he wrote for Harry Nilsson's rendition of "Many Rivers to Cross" from the album Pussy Cats so much that he decided to incorporate it into the song.

The backing vocal is provided by May Pang, Lennon's partner at the time. According to Pang's website, two working titles for the song were "So Long Ago" and "Walls & Bridges". Pang also states that the phrase repeated in the chorus, "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé", came to Lennon in a dream and has no specific meaning.[2] Lennon wrote and arranged the song around his dream, hence the title and atmospheric, dreamlike feel, including the use of cellos in the chorus.

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The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[3]

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It peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 10 on the Cashbox Top 100 in the US.[4] It also charted at number 23 on the UK singles chart.

Legacy[edit]Edit

R.E.M. covered this song and released it as a single from the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Norwegian band a-ha recorded another version which appears on the international version of the same album.

British novelist David Mitchell titled his second novel number9dream in homage to Lennon.

Andrea Corr covered this song on her 2011 album, Lifelines.

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