"Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)" as written by Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson....
Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head's in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won't be back for a while


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"Dreamboat Annie" as written by Nancy Wilson Ann Wilson

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    General CommentI love this song and I'm surprised no one has commented on it.

    To me it's about a country girl that ends up in the big city. No one knows her and she's starting to see that it's not all that it's cracked up to be, but she's still determined to make it.
    dengeiston January 25, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it refers to an acid trip....."heading out this morning" ..."alone in the crowd"..."head in the clouds"...."Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles"...all are, or could be drug references
    forktzaron January 17, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI heard this story a long time ago from a girl who used to live out West and knew the Wilson sisters....

    Apparently Anne Wilson was high on something (probably LSD) one afternoon, and was watching TV. The "Steamboat Willie" Mickey Mouse cartoon came on and she'd never seen it before (this was before VHS, DVDs, etc.) and was quite enamoured with it. She later had a drug-heightened dream where she was floating around on a cloud ship, seeing the world from a surrealistic cartoon-like and negative perspective, and when she woke, wrote down the concept of "Dreamboat Annie".

    If the story is true, it's essentially a drug-fueled dream sequence about Anne's loneliness and isolation brought on by (and partially named for) a Disney cartoon.
    VinmanFron October 19, 2016   Link

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