LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM

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LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM

Ed McCurdy was a folk singer, songwriter, and television actor. His anti-war classic,
“Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” inspired and gave hope to those in the peace
movement. “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” has been recorded in seventy-six
languages (it was most recently by Garth Brooks). His collection of risqué Elizabethan
folk songs in a three-part series of albums titled When Dalliance was in Flower (and
Maidens Lost Their Heads), became a favorite record series of Prince Phillip of England.
The actor Alan Arkin played with him on these recordings. His single “Miracle of the
Wheat” released on Kapp Records in 1956 became a Christmas Tradition on Cincinnati
Radio.
By the late 1960s, McCurdy was forced to retire with severe health problems, while a
new generation of folk sings and songwriters would soon replace him. In 1980, he was
gratified that two of his compositions, “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” and
“King’s Highway,” as recorded by his old friend Josh White, Jr. became the official theme
songs respectfully for the Peace Corps and VISTA
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
I dreamed I saw a mighty room
Filled with women and men
And the paper they were signing said
They’d never fight again
And when the paper was all signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful pray’rs were prayed
And the people in the streets below
Were dancing ’round and ’round
While swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d never dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.