Dreaming with Janet Gaynor 1929

There are so many songs written about dreams. One song in particular has lived with me for years, although I could never find out who sang it and when.

Thanks to modern technology and You Tube I found the song and the singer. For all those film buffs who adore the black and white filmĀ  classics, I advise you to search out Janet Gaynor singing “I’m a dreamer, aren’t we all”.

I can imagine sitting in a cinema watching her singing this song and I would feel as if she was singing directly to me. In fact anyone watching would have identified with the words. Simple cinematic perfection. No wonder the actress was so popular.


One really strange dream that I had several years ago, had me standing at the counter of a large bookshop, when a black and white book felt open at a certain page. I read the poem and as the dream faded, tried hard to remember the words. I stayed awake for hours and eventually wrote it down. The first eight lines are from that dream, the others I added that morning.

I thought I caught a butterfly,

I had to let it go.

I thought I caught a daffodil,

I had to let it grow.

I thought I caught a sunset,

I had to let it rise.

But when I caught a glimpse of you,

My thoughts were in disguise.

Now you stand in front of me

With sunshine in your eyes.

A daffodil at sunset,

A butterfly undisguised.

I have never had a similar experience since.

Like Janet Gaynor sings, “I’m a dreamer, aren’t we all.”


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