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Song by Adele
from the album 19
Released January 25, 2008
Recorded May 2007; Rak Studios (London)
Genre Blue-eyed soul
Length 3:41
Label XL Recordings
Writer(s) Adele Adkins
Producer(s) Jim Abbiss
19 track listing
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"Daydreamer" is the first track from Adele's first album, 19. It precedes "Best for Last" on the album. "Daydreamer" was also one of three songs recorded for her unreleased demo which gained her a record deal (the other two being "Hometown Glory" and "My Same").[1] On June 8, 2007, Adele made her first TV debut on Later... with Jools Holland, performing "Daydreamer."

Adele's fans are referred to as Daydreamers as a reference to this song.

Background and composition[]

This song was the first track on Adele's debut album 19. According to her, it was about falling for a friend of hers who was bisexual. Adele explained to the Sun newspaper January 18, 2008 that this song is about falling for a bisexual friend:

It was about a friend of mine, who's still one of my best friends and he was bi. I am so jealous of girls anyway that having to fight with boys as well, I just couldn't do it. But I started falling in love with him around my 18th birthday. He convinced me that it would be fine but that night he kissed one of my best boyfriends and I was like: 'Get lost!'[2]

She further stated, "I had no problem with him being bisexual, but I can't fight off girls and boys. I get jealous enough as it is. It's about everything I'd hoped he'd be and we'd be, but he would never be and we would never be. So, it's me daydreaming about him."[3]

"Daydreamer" was written in the key of A Major.[4] Adele played guitar on the studio version of the track.[5]

Live performances[]

Adele performed "Daydreamer" on Later... with Jools Holland on June 8, 2007, as her television debut. It was performed throughout her An Evening with Adele tour in support of the album 19, and was performed on select dates of her Adele Live tour in support of her album 21 as well.

She also performed it for her television special Adele Live in New York City; during the performance, she played the guitar for the song, which she cited as the reason for not wearing fake nails during the concert.[6]


Chart (2008) Peak


UK Singles Chart 171



  • Adele – songwriting, vocals, guitar
  • Jim Abbiss – producer, mixer
  • Richard Wilkinson – mixer, recording
  • Serge Krebs – mixing assistant
  • Helen Atkinson – recording assistant


Daydreamer, sitting on the seat
Soaking up the sun, he is a real lover
Making up the past
And feeling up his girl like he's never felt a figure before
A jaw dropper
Looks good when he walks
He's the subject of their talk
He would be hard to chase
But good to catch
And he could change the world with his hands behind his back

You can find him sitting on your doorstep
Waiting for the surprise
It will feel like he's been there for hours
And you can tell that he'll be there for life

Daydreamer, with eyes that make you melt
He lends his coat for shelter plus he's there for you
When he shouldn't be
But he stays all the same, waits for you, then sees you through
There's no way I could describe him
What I'll say is, just what I'm hoping for

But I will find him sitting on my doorstep
Waiting for the surprise
He will feel like he's been there for hours
And I can tell that he'll be there for life
And I can tell that he'll be there for life