In a Broken Dream

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"In a Broken Dream"
In a Broken Dream.jpg
Single by Python Lee Jackson
from the album In a Broken Dream
B-side "Doing Fine"
Released 1970
Recorded 1968
Genre Rock
Label Young Blood International
Songwriter(s) David Keith Bentley
Producer(s) Miki Dallon

"In a Broken Dream" is a song and single by Australian rock band Python Lee Jackson featuring vocals from Rod Stewart.[1]

Released in 1972 it entered the UK chart in September, reaching number 3 in October.[2] Stewart's vocals are not credited on the record label,[1] although the popularity of the song can be attributed to his vocals and star profile.

Song history[edit]

The song was written in the 1960s by the group's keyboard player and singer, Dave Bentley. Believing his vocals were not correct for the song, Bentley brought in Rod Stewart. Before being successful with Faces or in his solo career, Stewart was recruited as a session musician for the song and paid by being bought a new set of seat covers for his car.[3] Issued in October 1970, it did not make the charts. Re-released in 1972 following the rise to stardom by Stewart, the song reached number 56 in the US charts before greater success in the UK later that year.[4]

Stewart re-recorded the song in 1992 with David Gilmour and John Paul Jones but did not release it. The recording was eventually released in 2009 as part of the The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 box set.[5] [6]

The Python Lee Jackson version was later sampled in A$AP Rocky's 2015 single "Everyday", which also guest starred Miguel and Mark Ronson. This original version was also included on Stewart's 2015 studio album Another Country.


English hard rock band Thunder covered the song releasing it in 1995.[7] In 2004 Kathryn Williams recorded a version for her Relations anthology.[8]


  1. ^ a b "In a Broken Dream". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "In a Broken Dream - Chart Archive". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "In a Broken Drean by Python Lee Jackson". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Python Lee Jackson". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Cashmere, Paul (14 Jul 2009). "Rod Stewart To Release Killing Of Georgie Sequel". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin Members Team for "Sessions" Gem "In a Broken Dream"". Rolling Stone. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Thunder (3)– In A Broken Dream". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  8. ^ [1]