Like Dreamers Do

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"Like Dreamers Do"
Single by The Applejacks
B-side "(Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom) Everybody Fall Down" (Dello, Ray Cane)
Released 5 June 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Beat, rock
Label Decca F11916 (UK)
London 9681 (US and Canada)
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) Mike Leander
"Like Dreamers Do"
Song by The Beatles
from the album Anthology 1
Released 20 November 1995
Genre Rock, Merseybeat
Length 2:36
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney

"Like Dreamers Do" is a song written by Paul McCartney in 1959[1] and is one of the earliest written songs credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was most notably performed by the Beatles at their unsuccessful 1 January 1962 audition for Decca Records.[2] This performance, which took place before Ringo Starr joined the band and featured Pete Best on drums, was recorded by Decca and was finally released on the Beatles' Anthology 1 in 1995.

In 1964, the track was recorded by Decca Records' band the Applejacks and released as the group's debut single, reaching No. 20 on the UK Singles Chart. The Applejacks worked with Mike Leander from Decca as the musical director.

Bas Muys covered "Like Dreamers Do" on his 1989 album Secret Songs: Lennon & McCartney similarly to The Beatles' original performance.[3][4] Australian Beatles tribute band The Beatnix also covered it for their 1998 release It's Four You.[5][6]

McCartney has commented that he was not fond of the song and considered it a throwaway.[citation needed]

Beatles version personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Lewisohn, Mark. The Beatles: All These Years, Volume One – Tune In. Crown Archetype, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4000-8305-3, p. 215
  2. ^ Sheff, David. All We Are Saying. St Martin's Griffin, 2000, ISBN 0-312-25464-4, p. 172
  3. ^ "Bas Muys, Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Bas Muys - Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  5. ^ "It's Four You". 1998-08-21. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  6. ^ "It's Four You". Retrieved 2011-08-21.