The song lyrics for dream a little dream of me tell a story of love and longing. The singer is asking their loved one to think of them while they sleep, and for them to remember that no matter how far away they are, they will always be close in heart. It is a beautiful reminder that no matter what happens in the world, they can always find comfort in each other.
The music for the song was composed by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt, while the lyrics were written by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with a voice by Ernie Birchill. Over the years, the song became a popular standard. It was covered dozens of times, and the most famous version was by the Mamas and the Papas in 1968. The group’s lead singer Cass Elliot took a unique approach to her performance. Her father was friends with composer Andre, and she wanted to remove the campiness that had been associated with the song in the past.
Cass Elliot’s version was a huge hit, and it was the highest charting version of the song up to that point. It was followed a few weeks later by a recording by Anita Harris. After that, more than 40 other versions were released, including those by the Mills Brothers, Sylvie Vartan, Henry Mancini and The Beautiful South.