Original Roy Orbison version

A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is all right"

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer, like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine, all of the time we're together
In dreams, in dreams

But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye

It's too bad that all these things
Can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams
In beautiful dreams


IN DREAMS is a song written by Roy Orbison who released it on his 1963 album In Dreams. The song was also released as a single earlier that year.

Roy Orbison -- In Dreams (album cover art, mono version)
Roy Orbison -- In Dreams

LP - Monument (MLP-8003) - USA, 1963

Mono version
Roy Orbison -- In Dreams (album cover art, stereo version)
Roy Orbison -- In Dreams

LP - Monument (SLP-18003) - USA, 1963

Stereo version
Roy Orbison -- "In Dreams / Shahadaroba" (single, A-side label)
Roy Orbison -- "In Dreams / Shahadaroba"

7-inch single - Monument (45-806) - USA, 1963

The above lyrics are for the original Roy Orbison version of IN DREAMS as released in 1963.

Springsteen's Versions

Bruce Springsteen performed IN DREAMS live once, with Roy Orbison. See the live 30 Sep 1987 version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of IN DREAMS on this website:

IN DREAMS [Live 30 Sep 1987 version]
IN DREAMS [Original Roy Orbison version]

Page last updated: 31 Aug 2015