Song of the Day #403: ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ – Eurythmics

eurythmics20 Best Songs of the 80s – #5

Unlike many of the bands on this list, I’ve never felt the need to better know the Eurythmics. Their brand of avant garde techno music is not my cup of tea, and I’m quite happy to know them only through their singles.

Now Annie Lennox as a solo artist is another story. Her covers album Medusa is a real treasure. The woman has a set of pipes, and an other-worldy timbre to her voice that fits her androgy-alien looks to a T. If they ever make a movie of her life, the smart money is on Tilda Swinton in the lead.

So no, I’m not much of a Eurythmics fan but I sure do love ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).’ It pretty much all comes down to that fabulous synth line that kicks the song off and continues throughout. Dave Stewart reportedly happened upon that riff when running a bass track in reverse. Quite the happy accident.

And of course, like many of these songs that came to light in the early MTV era, ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ was propelled by its compelling video. Lennox, a striking figure in her orange hair and snow white skin, played the dominatrix while Stewart played the cello (with creepy blank eyes). The result was one of the indelible images and sounds of my childhood.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas–
Everybody’s looking for something.
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

oooh, yeah, whoa

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas–
Everybody’s looking for something.

ooh, yeah, whoa

(Hold your head up–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up)

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

(Hold your head up–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up–MOVIN’ ON)
(Hold your head up–MOVIN’ ON–Keep your head up)

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas–
Everybody’s looking for something.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas–
Everybody’s looking for something.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas–
Everybody’s looking for something.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #403: ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ – Eurythmics

  1. Amy says:

    Can’t believe I forgot about this one!!! Great call. Yes, this song is etched in the 80’s, though I think Lennox, like Cyndi Lauper, is a far more interesting artist that her gimmicky self might seem to indicate. I LOVE this song. Thanks for not toying with us, and thanks for starting my week on such a great note.

  2. Dana says:

    Certainly a good pick. And it is interesting that Lennox has continued to do well (at least with critics and an aging fan base) since, at in the 80’s, it seemed very much that Stewart was the genius behind the Eurythmics while Lennox was just the interesting front person. Of course, Stewart has continued to prove his worth through the years, mostly in the area of producing, while Lennox has, as Amy suggests, entered the respectable sphere of Lauper.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I LOVE THIS SONG! Nice way to start the week.

  4. Kerrie says:

    Okay, so I think you might have been blowing smoke about the top 5. You’re off to an excellent start with this song. Great tune, great representation of an absolutely 80s sound. And I, too, have continued to enjoy Annie Lenox as a solo artist.

    By the way, that picture of Annie Lenox you selected made me think instantly of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. I’m sure the comparison has been drawn before, but it really hit me today. Yes, she does have the androgynous, alien look down and I say good call on Tilda Swinton in the movie of Annie’s life/career.

    Good start to the final week. I’ll be waiting anxiously for the last four entries!!

  5. Amy says:

    I thought the same thing about Bowie, Kerrie 🙂 And I agree that Tilda Swinton is the only choice to play Annie Lenox should she ever warrant a film about her life. (not sure why that would be, but you never know)

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