#9 Dream (4:44)

Cover of Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

From Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon and 18 other releases

“#9 Dream” is a song written and performed by John Lennon and featured as the seventh track on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges. In January 1975, it was released as the second single from that album backed by another album track, “What You Got”. It continues Lennon’s fascination with the number nine (he was born on 9 October, and, coincidentally, the track also peaked at number nine in the U.S. charts when it was released). The backing vocal is provided by May Pang , Lennon’s partner at the time.

According to Pang’s website, two working titles for the song were “So Long Ago” and “Walls & Bridges”. Pang also states that the phrase repeated in the chorus, “Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé”, came to Lennon in a dream and has no specific meaning. Lennon then wrote and arranged the song around his dream, hence the title and the atmospheric, dreamlike feel of the song including the use of cellos in the hook.

Lennon liked the string arrangement he wrote for Harry Nilsson’s rendition of Many Rivers to Cross (from Nilsson’s Pussy Cats which Lennon produced) so much that he decided to incorporate it into the song.

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