Number 9 Dream

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"#9 Dream"
Single by John Lennon
from the album Walls and Bridges
B-side "What You Got"
Released 16 December 1974 (1974-12-16)
Format 7"
Recorded June–July 1974
Genre Psychedelic pop
Length 4:44
Label Apple
Writer(s) John Lennon
Producer(s) John Lennon
John Lennon singles chronology
"Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
"#9 Dream"
"Stand by Me"
Walls and Bridges track listing
"#9 Dream"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
Released May 2007 (2007-05)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:39
Label Warner Bros.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"#9 Dream"
"Supernatural Superserious"

"#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 Records catalogue 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]


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.


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


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.


R.E.M. covered the song and released it as a single from the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The cover featured founding drummer Bill Berry, his only recording with R.E.M. between his 1997 retirement and the band's 2011 disbandment.[5] The international version of the Instant Karma! record features a second cover of the song, by Norwegian band a-ha.

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

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

José González covered this song on the movie soundtrack for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013).[6]


  1. ^ Kane, Larry (2007). Lennon Revealed (1st pbk. ed. 2007. ed.). Philadelphia, Pa.: Running Press. p. 88. ISBN 9780762434046. 
  2. ^ About the Author (1999-02-22). "FAQ | May Pang's Official Website". 
  3. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X. 
  4. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (March 12, 2007). "Original R.E.M. Quartet Covers Lennon For Charity". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  6. ^

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