The story of Dreamin’ Jeannie is a simple one. It’s my life. My middle name is Jeanne, easy enough to turn that into Jeannie….then use the play on words from the old Stephen Foster song “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair”….Because, it seemed I was always day-dreaming about things that I could never have, or could never be…I dreamed of being a musician, not necessarily being famous, but of being known for my music. I was a *stay-at-home-mom* long before that became a popular catch-phrase; what it really meant was, I had never worked, had no education or job skills, and a controlling husband. My (ex) husband didn’t like it when I would get lost in music, probably because he wasn’t musical, and he just didn’t understand. He did buy me a lovely piano once, but didn’t like for me to play when he was in the house; only if we had company would he say “play something”…..most of all he was jealous of my love of music because it took me away from him. It was my escape. I escaped a lot.
I wrote this song in 1979…I was sure that it could have been a big hit if the right artist would record it…..(I’m still dreamin’ about that)…..I had all of my original songs from that era copyrighted in the early 1980s thinking I would someday do something with them. So far, all I’ve done is sing them over and over to myself, and record a few for my satisfaction.
Below is the video slide show I set to the song a few years ago……filled with photos of the house we lived in once, my kids, and my days in the clubs….and the last frame is my daughter Kelly and me, performing together on a local talent show.
Breakfast dishes sittin’ on the table till noon,
dirty clothes piled up in the hall so soon,
the kids are outside playin’, she knows her mama’s prayin’,
that someday she’ll grow up and stop dreamin’ all the time;
Her husband’s workin’ hard and extra hours these days,
to try to pay the bills and get ahead some way,
he loves her all he can, but he just don’t understand,
only hopes that someday she’ll stop dreamin’ all the time.
But Jeannie can’t stop dreamin’ when the music’s in her head,
cause if the music ever stops, she might as well be dead;
Well, someday they’ll remember how they teased her years ago,
when they hear her music playin’, on the radio…………………
She’s livin’ in a fantasy, well that’s what they all think,
just cause she’s not worried ‘bout dishes in the sink,
the telephone is ringin’, but Jeannie keeps on singin’,
and hopes she won’t ever stop dreamin’ all the time;
She knows the house is dusty, and the beds have not been made,
and the ironing’s where she left it, sometime yesterday,
so she gives a little smile, when he says he’ll be gone awhile,
and he knows she’ll never stop dreamin’ all the time..
They’ll say “Jeannie keep on dreamin’ makin’ music all day long”
someday the world will recognize, Dreamin’ Jeannie’s songs,
and her friends will say “oh yes, I knew Jeannie way back when,
wonder if she thinks about us every now and then”?
I can say that I have accomplished one goal, because most people who have known me for more than a short time, know my love for music; they know I love to sing, to play piano, to record, and to write songs. New people I meet are always surprised, no, shocked to learn that I once played in a country band, in bars and honky-tonks. I sure don’t look the part now. I just laugh and tell them “I wasn’t always this old”!
Copies of my labor of love, my very first hand printed lead sheet for Dreamin’ Jeannie…I’m still impressed that I was able to do that without knowing “how”…..
I’m still waiting for someone to discover my music ……..the dream has never died.
Jeannie is still dreamin’…..