The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

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"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"
Carly Simon The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of single cover.jpg
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Coming Around Again
B-side "As Time Goes By " (US)
"As Time Goes By" (UK)
Released 1987
Format 7"
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 5:00
4:20 (single version)
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Carly Simon
Jacob Brackman
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Give Me All Night"
(1987)
"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"
(1987)
"All I Want Is You"
(1988)

"Give Me All Night"
(1987)
"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"
(1987)
"All I Want Is You"
(1988)

"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" is the third single from Carly Simon's 1987 album Coming Around Again. The song was written by Simon and produced by John Boylan.[1][2] Simon performed the song at her iconic 1987 concert Live From Martha's Vineyard.

The song is one of Simon's biggest latter period AC hits, and as a result is included on multiple compilations of her work, which include 1995's 3-disc box set Clouds in My Coffee, the UK import The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better, the 2-disc retrospective Anthology, 2004's single disc Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits, and 2014's Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon.

The title references the line "The stuff that dreams are made of" from The Maltese Falcon, and, second-handedly, Shakespeare: In Act IV of The Tempest, Prospero says "We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep".

No official music video was made for this song, though a video was created and directed during a VHS recording of the Martha's Vineyard concert in mid-1988.

Charts[edit]

The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, where it lasted for seventeen weeks.[3] The song also charted in Ireland, peaking at #28.[4]

Track listings and formats[edit]

7" single (US)[5]
  1. "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" (Single version) – 4:20
  2. "As Time Goes By " – 5:06
7" single (UK)[6]
  1. "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" – 3:58
  2. "As Time Goes By" – 5:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheila Weller. "The Counterintuitive Wisdom of Carly Simon". Observer.com. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Coming Around Again". carlysimon.com. 
  3. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  5. ^ "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of 7" US single". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  6. ^ "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of 7" UK single". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 

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