"Dreamer Deceiver" is a power ballad by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, featured on their 1976 studio album Sad Wings of Destiny. Unlike other songs on the album, the song is a "spacy ballad".
The song was written by the original singer of Judas Priest, Al Atkins, but he never got to record it with them. He did record it later on one of his solo records, however. The song is known for showing off Rob Halford's full vocal range, starting from soft, quiet singing, to high pitched shrieking. It was performed by the band on the British television programme The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975.
Standing by my window, breathing summer breeze Saw a figure floating, 'neath the willow tree Asked us if we were happy, we said we didn't know Took us by the hands and up we go
We followed the dreamer through the purple hazy clouds He could control our sense of time We thought we were lost but no matter how we tried Everyone was in peace of mind
We felt the sensations drift inside our frames Finding complete contentment there And all the tensions that hurt us in the past Just seemed to vanish in thin air
He said in the cosmos is a single sonic sound That is vibrating constantly And if we could grip and hold on to the note We would see our minds were free, oh they're free
Ah, we are lost above Floating way up high If you think you can find a way You can surely try
Songwriters: DOWNING KENNETH / HALFORD ROBERT JOHN ARTHUR / TIPTON GLENN RAYMOND / ATKINS ALLAN JOHN
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