The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)

1960’s garage band music with a Psychedelic edge. This group came from Los Angeles first named The Sanctions and in 1966 renamed themselves to the Electric Prunes. The first two hit singles, “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” and”Get Me To The World On Time.” were on their first album (The Electric Prunes).

The entire album and those two songs were recorded in late summer and the fall of 1966. They were released before Christmas of 1966 and climbed up the Billboard charts very slowly. The first hit, “Too Much To Dream” peaked in February of ‘1967 at #11 in the Billboard 100.

the song was written by Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz.

I had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room
I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume
Your eyes were filled with love the way they used to be
Your gentle hand reached out to comfort me
Then came the dawn
And you were gone
You were gone, gone, gone

I had too much to dream last night
Too much to dream
I’m not ready to face the light
I had too much to dream
Last night

The room was empty as I staggered from my bed
I could not bear the image racing through my head
You were so real that I could feel your eagerness
And when you raised your lips for me to kiss

Came the dawn
And you were gone
You were gone, gone, gone

Oh, too much to dream
Oh, too much to dream
Too much to dream last night
Oh, too much to dream


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

9 thoughts on “The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)”

  1. This tune is fantastic! You’ve had several posts recently, (E.Prunes, Count Five, Knickerbockers,) from American psychedelic/garage bands of the late 60s. There is an amazing compilation double LP released in 1972 on Elektra called “Nuggets” which specifically covers this era. The album was curated by a young A&R staffer at Elektra named Lenny Kaye – pre Patti Smith Group. Its a great album and Rhino bought the rights to it during the CD era and released an expanded version of it, and ultimately an entire series of Nuggets. Anyway, everyone should own a copy.

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    1. I’ve read about “Nuggets” while writing these…Thanks that will be on a purchase list I have…. I’ve always had a love of 60s Garage Bands.
      I’m trying to feature one frequently… I’ve listened to bands like The Balloon Farm, Seeds, Sonics etc… raw rock and roll…

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  2. The lyrics are pitiful. The opening sounds like what a very large mosquito would do next to a microphone. And, someone was a “Pipeline” (The Chantays) fan.

    I also wonder, with the electronic-sounding violin layered in, if Peter Murphy wasn’t a fan. It reminds me of his “Cuts You Up”.

    Haunting song. I’ve never heard it before but, I like it.

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