I Have Dreamed (song)

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"I Have Dreamed"
Songwriter(s)Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
"I Have Dreamed"
Single by The Lettermen
from the album I Have Dreamed
B-side"The Pendulum Swings Both Ways"
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Richard Rodgers, 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. 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,[1] though only seven notes are the same.

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.

Recorded versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Lost in the Shuffle XIX". Film Score Click Track. Retrieved 2016-10-02.