|Single by Gary Wright|
|from the album The Dream Weaver|
|B-side||"Let It Out"|
4:17 (album version)|
3:15 (single version)
|Gary Wright singles chronology|
"Dream Weaver" is a song by the American singer Gary Wright, released as the first single from his third studio album The Dream Weaver (1975) in December 1975. The song became a hit in the US: #2 on the Billboard chart and #1 on Cashbox in 1976.
The song features Wright on vocals and keyboards and Jim Keltner on drums. According to Gary Wright, the song was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison. Paramhansa Yogananda's poem "God! God! God!" made reference to "the idea of the mind weaving dreams." The expression "Dream Weaver" was popularized by John Lennon in 1970 in his song "God", taken from his solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. This song depicts Lennon's declaration that he was the dream weaver of the 1960s, breaking away from the influences and dogmas that influenced his life.
All instrumentation was created using a synthesizer, except for Keltner's percussion. In 1992, Gary Wright re-recorded a longer version of "Dream Weaver" for the Wayne's World movie soundtrack.
In popular culture
- This song, and its keyboard intro/outro, according to Wes Craven, inspired the concept behind the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
- The song was later re-recorded for the soundtrack of the 1992 film Wayne's World. A re-recorded version by Wright appears in the 2016 movie Ghost Team.
- The song was used in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt.
- The song was used in the 2003 film Daddy Day Care.
- The song was used in the 2010 Pixar film Toy Story 3.
- The song appeared in the 2016 Blue Sky Studios film Ice Age: Collision Course twice. First when Sid meets Brooke and later during the end credits sequence.
- Portions of "Dream Weaver" were first sampled in a short film appearing in the 1990 Wayne's World episode of Saturday Night Live, in which guest star Wayne Gretzky appears, and Wayne is picturing that song playing as he imagines himself defeating Gretzky in street hockey and then winning his wife, Janet Jones.
- "Dream Weaver" was featured over the closing credits of the sixth episode of the fourth season of the classic HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David.
- "Dream Weaver" was featured in the Fox That '70s Show episode, "The First Time".
- "Dream Weaver" was featured in the Fox black comedy Scream Queens in the episode, "Lovin' the D".
- A Japanese version of "Dream Weaver" was featured in the Fox animated comedy Family Guy in the episode, "Carter and Tricia".
- "Dream Weaver" was the name of season 1, episode 13 of The Neighbors, where the plot center around Marty and Debbie Weaver meeting at a high school dance while Dream Weaver played.
- "Dream Weaver" was featured in an episode of Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn titled "Quaddyshack". It was also featured in an Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn episode titled "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads".
In other media
Use by other musical artists
It was featured prominently in the gay love story film Trick (1999).
Canadian singer-songwriter Kevin Quain released a version of it in October 2017.
Weekly singles charts
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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