January 19th, 2010

One writer I really enjoyed working with back in the 80′s was Jack Conrad. Jack was a cool guy with a sardonic sense of humor, and we used to spend as much time cracking each other up as we did writing. Jack was also the touring bassist for The Doors, and wrote that big hit song, “Isn’t It Time”, for a group called The Babys (John Waite and Jonathan Cain came out of that group).

“Dream Girl” is another one of those songs that should’ve gotten a nice cut but didn’t. It wasn’t for lack of great demos, though. The first one that Jack and I cut at his place sported local L.A. legend, Danny Peck, on vocals.

A few months later I gave it a go at my place with another L.A. legend, Dave Morgan, doing the singing this time around. Dave did a fantastic job, and this is my favorite version of the song. (I played everything on this demo. The horns are sampled, btw)

Now, tell me you couldn’t hear somebody like Hughie Lewis or Billy Joel singing this song back in the day!

Fast forward about 20 years later and I’m thinking this song could be a Country hit with a group like Big & Rich. So I modified the lyrics a bit and had Stacy Hogan do a slightly more laid back version with Mike Lusk singing lead.

And so I’m currently pitching this latest version to label artists in Nashville. Wish me luck!

Note: If you listen closely to each version you’ll notice that the lyrics in each are slightly different. The lyrics below are for the second version. Feel free to let me know which version you like the best.

DREAM GIRL

By: Skip Adams & Jack Conrad

Woke Up In A Sweat Last Night
Had A Dream About Paradise
A Gorgeous Vision From Another World
Has Anybody Seen This Girl?
She’s Tall And Blonde With A Golden Tan
She Can Do Twice As Much As Other Girls Can
She Cooks Like Crazy And She Sings The Blues
And That’s Not All, She’s Smart Too

Has Anybody, Anybody Seen My Dream Girl?
Has Anybody, Anybody Seen My Dream Girl?
There’s A Phone – Here’s A Dime
Call Me Up Anytime
If You See My Dream Girl

Doctor, What’s Wrong With Me?
Am I Living In Fantasy?
I Must Be Crazy, Or Just Going Blind
I’ve Never Seen A Girl So Fine
She’s Everything That A Man Could Want
So Refined, A Bon Vivant
She’s An Amazon Madonna With A High Iq
All I Need Is One Good Clue

Has Anybody, Anybody Seen My Dream Girl?
Has Anybody, Anybody Seen My Dream Girl?
There’s A Phone – Here’s A Dime
Call Me Up Anytime
If You See My Dream Girl

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2 Responses to “chp 22: Dream Girl”

  1. James Adams says:

    Love this song, and my favorite set of lyrics is the most recent.