In Every Dream Home a Heartache

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"In Every Dream Home a Heartache"
Song by Roxy Music
from the album For Your Pleasure
Released23 March 1973 (1973-03-23)
RecordedFebruary 1973
StudioCommand Studios (London)
Songwriter(s)Byan Ferry

"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" is a song written by Bryan Ferry, originally appearing on his band Roxy Music's second studio album, For Your Pleasure (1973).

Lyrically, the song is a sinister monologue, part critique of the emptiness of opulence, partly a love song to an inflatable doll. Musically this is complemented by a cycling four-bar chord progression,(D# F# F G#) led by a 'cinema organ' style Farfisa part. After the lyrical conclusion "I blew up your body/but you blew my mind!", the song climaxes with an extended instrumental section, with the lead taken by guitarist Phil Manzanera.

On the original vinyl LP, the song was the last one on side A, and appeared to fade out into the run-out groove, only to return, heavily processed with phase shifting techniques. This audio pun is preserved on the CD release.

The song is one of the most iconic and popular in the Roxy Music catalogue[citation needed], having been performed by them, for instance, on the BBC television music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, and regularly in live sets, as featured on Roxy Music's live albums Viva! (1976) and Concerto (2001). The band's live performance on an edition of the German Beat-Club shows Mackay playing the organ part, with Ferry on rhythm guitar. Eno replaces the studio phase-shifting process with tape delay techniques.

In 2019, the song was used in the television series Mindhunter. It was played over the cold open of Season 2/Episode 1 depicting American serial killer Dennis Rader. The song was also used in the film The Gentlemen when Raymond Smith (Charlie Hunnam) breaks into a council estate flat.[3]



  1. ^ Buckley, David (2005). The Thrill of it All: The Story of Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music. A Cappella Books. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-55652-574-2. The centrepiece of the album is, however, "In Every Dream Home A Heartache." Producer Chris Thomas recalls the birth of what must be one of the greatest art rock songs ever recorded...
  2. ^ HistoryCaps (2012). Combat Rock: A History of Punk (from It's [sic] Origins to the Present). BookCaps Study Guides. p. 15. ISBN 9781621073154.
  3. ^ "Every Song on the Gentlemen Soundtrack". Screen Rant. 25 January 2020.