On May 6th, 1965, The Rolling Stones were in Florida on their first U.S. tour. The crowd was chaotic and The Stones only played four songs before the show had to be shut down. That night, Keith Richards woke from his sleep at his hotel with the riff and lyric for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” (source: Songfacts) Keith Richards said, “I wrote ‘Satisfaction’ in my sleep. I had no idea I’d written it. Thank God for the little Philips cassette player.” The recording has some guitar strumming before a pic hits the floor and snoring follows.
Dreams have always been a fascinating subject of study. Many artists’ and musicians’ dreams have been a starting point for amazing art and music. Let’s take an existential journey through some of the stories behind some of the greatest dream-influenced and inspired songs.