Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer

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"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer"
Kenny Rogers - Dont Fall single.jpg
Single by Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes
from the album Gideon
B-side"Gideon Tanner"
ReleasedMarch 1980
GenreCountry, soft rock[1]
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Kim Carnes
David Ellingson
Producer(s)Larry Butler and Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"Coward of the County"
"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer"
"Love the World Away"

"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" is a song written by David Ellingson and Kim Carnes and recorded by Kenny Rogers and Carnes as a duet. It was released in March 1980 as the first single from Rogers' album Gideon. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart[2] and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3] It was also recorded in Spanish as "No Te Enamores De Un Loco".

While recording the song in Nashville, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes sang facing each other with live musicians while Carnes had to improvise singing the melody in a different key[4] than she had prepared to do when she came to the studio.

The song was the only single from the album Gideon.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 31
Australian Singles Chart 38


  1. ^ "Explore: Soft Rock | Top Songs | AllMusic". 2011-11-12. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  2. ^ Kenny Rogers Billboard Singles
  3. ^ RPM Country Tracks
  4. ^ "Don't Fall In Love with a Dreamer - Chicken Soup for the Soul".
  5. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.