From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

John Sebastian

Written by John Sebastian
Recorded by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Me and The Spoonful were in the South opening for the Supremes all summer in 1965 on the heels of the success of “Do You Believe In Magic.” The “tour bus” we rode on was an old school bus that broke down constantly. Along with us, it carried the Motown band and occasionally the Supremes, when they were not riding in another car.

Me and Zally (Yanovsky), our lead guitarist, were sitting on the bumper of the bus during one of those breakdowns, and we began talking about that moment when one beat goes out of style and a new beat comes in. We decided we needed some “straight 8” tunes like “Baby Love.” That means a track that doesn’t accentuate the backbeat. On the track of “Baby Love” and” Where Did Our Love Go?” there were people stomping on wooden choir stands in addition to the drums. That was the vibe we were imitating but, of course, it came out sounding totally different.

I pretty much wrote the lyrics for “Daydream” that afternoon. I thought we were a dead sound-alike of the Supremes. As it turned out, “Daydream” was a single and the name of our second album, which hit #2 on the American charts.

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