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Record: Champagne and Wine/I’ve Got Dreams To Remember by Otis Redding.

What can we glean? There’s a heartfelt message on the sleeve to both the ‘lady’ who was given this seven inch and to Stax/Atlantic recording artist Redding, who was certainly a suitable candidate for the ‘King of Soul’ garland (just check the singles released prior to 1968).

It’s unclear whether the scrawls on the record labels are from the same person (and it’s unlikely in my view), but ‘Micky’ is someone who either marked their records in proprietorial and teenage glee or was adamant they didn’t want another vinyl hound to half-inch any of their treasures come the end of a night at someone’s house where guests had brought their own records. In the same spirit, the ’20’ could be their age at the time (to be that age in ’68…!) or part of a numbered filing system?

The fact that the artist’s name has been completely scratched off on both sides inevitably makes one think whether the record’s owner was trying to ‘cover up’ what they had; the white stickers which indicate which side to play, genre and tempo speaks to this record having one been owned by a DJ. But when the inscription on the sleeve is read once more, it indicates that S.B. wanted to ensure their S.S. concentrated on the lyrics – read below – in order to remember through this ‘suvenir’ what they once had. And wish they still enjoyed. 

Conclusion: Music can and will hold us in a memory of lost love. Records are the sweetest valentines. Otis is still a king. 

 

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I’ve got dreams, dreams to remember
I’ve got dreams, dreams to remember
Honey, I saw you there last night
Another man’s arms holding you tight
Nobody knows what I feel inside
All I know, I walked away and cried
I’ve got dreams, dreams to remember
Listen to me [(I’ve got dreams)] rough dreams [(dreams to remember)]
I know you said he was just a friend
But I saw him kiss you, again and again
These eyes of mine, they don’t fool me
Why did he hold you, so tenderly
I’ve got dreams, dreams to remember
Listen honey [(I’ve got dreams)] rough dreams [(dreams to remember)]
I still want you to stay
I still love you anyway
I don’t want you to ever leave
Girl, you just satisfy me, ooh-wee, ooh yeah
I know you said he was just a friend
But I saw you kiss him again and again
These eyes of mine, they don’t fool me
Why did he hold you, so tenderly
I’ve got dreams, dreams to remember
Listen to me mama [(I’ve got dreams)] bad dreams, rough dreams [(dreams to remember)]
Don’t make me suffer [(I’ve got dreams)] rough dreams, bad dreams [(dreams to remember)]
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Otis Redding / Joe Rock / Zelma Redding
I’ve Got Dreams to Remember lyrics © IRVING MUSIC, INC., IRVING MUSIC, INC. E.M.

 

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