Dream A Little Dream Of Me chords by Mama Cass


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Dream A Little Dream Of Me | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| 3/4 G Am7 G/B | 4/4 C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G | C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G |

Verse 1

| C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G |
Stars shining bright above you,
| C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
night breezes seem to whisper, “I love you”.
| F | Fm | C Ab7 | G6 |
Birds singing in the sycamore tree, dream a little dream of me.

Verse 2

| C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G |
Say nighty night and kiss me,
| C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
just hold me tight and tell me you’ll miss me.
| F | Fm | C Ab7 G7 | C E |
While I’m alone and blue as can be, dream a little dream of me.

Chorus 1

| A F#m | Bm7 E |
Stars fading but I linger on dear,
| A F#m | Bm7 E7 |
still craving your kiss.
| A F#m | Bm7 E |
I’m longing to linger ’til dawn dear,
| A F#m | Ab7 G7 |
just saying this.

Verse 3

| C Ebdim7 | Ab6 G |
Sweet dreams ’til sunbeams find you,
| C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
| F | Fm | C Ab7 G7 | C C/G |
But in your dreams, whatever they be, dream a little dream of me.

Instrumental

| C Ebdim7 | Ab6 G | C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
| F | Fm | C Ab7 G7 | C E |

Chorus 2

| A F#m | Bm7 E |
Stars fading but I linger on dear,
| A F#m | Bm7 E7#9 |
still craving your kiss.
| A F#m | Bm7 E |
I’m longing to linger ’til dawn dear,
| A F#m | Ab7 G7 |
just saying this.

Verse 4

| C Ebdim7 | Ab6 G |
Sweet dreams ’til sunbeams find you,
| C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you.
| F | Fm | C Ab7 G7 |
But in your dreams, whatever they be, dream a little dream of me.

Outro

||: C Ebdim7 | Ab7 G7 :|| C |


Dream A Little Dream Of Me chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Dream A Little Dream Of Me chord analysis + TAB T

Mama Cass‘ version of Dream a Little Dream Of Me is in the key of C during the verses but then modulates to the key of A for the chorus.

This could be seen as a modal interchange since the key of C is also the key of Am, we could say we go from A Aeolian to A Ionian.

The intro starts off like Blackbird GAm7G/B before it gets all jazzy. ||: C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G :||

Unlike Blackbird, which goes from chord I – II – I/3, the first three chords of Dream A Little Dream Of Me are up the scale from V – VI – V/3.

The Gbdim7 chord could also have been an Adim7 (same notes), this links well with Ab6, which resolves to G, the V chord.

The verse progression starts off as the intro, do pay special attention to the stand-out IVm (Fm chord).

| C Gbdim7 | Ab6 G | C C/B C/Bb | A7 |
| F | Fm | C Ab7 | G6 |

Verse 2 is identical, until the last two bars where it sets up the modulation for the chorus by going to an E chord.

The chorus is in the key of A, using a classic I – VI – II – V.

||: A F#m | Bm7 E :||

The last bars Ab7 and G7 set you up for the verse in the key of C again.

If you want all the TAB for how this is done in the video above, you need to turn to the course.

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me is a Jazz Standard!

This classic was written back in 1931 by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.

It quickly became a Jazz Standard and has been recorded by hundreds of well-known singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Louie Armstrong, and perhaps most famously Doris Day.

And let’s not forget the millions of Jazz singers who have sung this classic at parties and clubs the world over, keeping it in the public’s consciousness for almost a century now.

Perfectly suited to sing, it is perhaps not the most common to be played as an instrumental, but don’t let that stop you from practicing your jazz solos over Dream A Little Dream Of Me, it does have the most common movements around.

One of the more interesting aspects is that if you look at the chords in the app iRealBook, the chords are very different from what Mama Cass used, the chorus doesn’t even use the same modal interchange!

When playing jazz standards, you really do need to work out what the most common changes are or you could be in for a serious car crash…


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