BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

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“Beautiful Dreamer” is a popular American song, the last known song written by Stephen

Foster. It was published posthumously in 1864, the year Foster died. An instrumental of
the song appears prominently as theme music during Eddie Lawrence‘s comedy routine
“The Old Philosopher”. The song is also used by film composer Danny Elfman in the
1989 score for the motion picture “Batman” (directed by Tim Burton). In the context of
the film, it functions as the Joker’s twisted “love song” for the female lead, Vicki Vale.
Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelie;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!