When I Stop Dreaming

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When I stop dreaming
That's when I'll stop loving you

The worst I've ever been hurt in my life
The first time I ever, Lord, I wanted to die
Was the night when you told me you loved someone else
And asked me if I could forget

When I stop dreaming
That's when I'll stop wanting you

I'd be like a flower unwanted in spring
Alone and neglected transplanted in vain
To a garden of sadness where its pedals will fall
In the shadow of undying pain

When I stop dreaming
That's when I'll stop thinking of you

You can teach all the flowers to bloom in snow
You may take a pebble and teach it to grow
And you can teach all the raindrops to return to the clouds
But you can't teach my heart to forget

When I stop dreaming
That's when I'll stop crying for you


When I Stop Dreaming
Written byCharlie Louvin & Ira Louvin
Performed byCharlie Louvin with Elvis Costello
Produced byMark Nevers & Charlie Louvin
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Charlie Louvin - vocal
Pete Cummings - acoustic guitar
Mac McCaughan - organ, guitar
Paul Burch - guitar
David Russell - fiddle
Chip Young - acoustic guitar
Chris Scruggs - acoustic guitar
Dennis Crouch - upright bass
Mitchell "Brownie" Brown - bass, background vocal
Dianne Berry - acoustic guitar, background vocal
Tony Crow - piano
William Tyler - acoustic guitar
Brian Kotzur - drums
RecordedJune 2006, The Beech House, Nashville
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2007
AlbumsCharlie Louvin: Charlie Louvin, 2007
Length3:03

First known performance:
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Recordings by other artists

  • The Louvin Brothers, A-side of single, 1955
  • Charlie Louvin, on The Many Moods Of Charlie Louvin, 1965
  • The Browns, on When Love Is Gone, 1965
  • Skeeter Davis, on Written By The Stars, 1965
  • The Wilburn Brothers, on Country Gold, 1966
  • Don Gibson, on Great Country Songs, 1966
  • Ray Charles, on A Portrait Of Ray, 1968
  • Hank Locklin, on Country Hall Of Fame, 1968
  • Dottie West & Don Gibson, on Dottie & Don, 1969
  • Jim & Jesse, on Saluting The Louvin Brothers, 1969
  • Don Everly, on Don Everly, 1970
  • Roy Orbison, on The Big O, 1970
  • Hank Williams Jr., on All For The Love Of Sunshine, 1970
  • Charlie Louvin & Melba Montgomery, on Baby You've Got What It Takes, 1971
  • Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals, on High On A Mountain, 1972
  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette, on Let's Build A World Together, 1973
  • The Statler Brothers, on Carry Me Back, 1973
  • Emmylou Harris, on Luxury Liner, 1977
  • Jim & Jesse & Charlie Louvin, on Jim & Jesse & Charlie Louvin, 1982
  • Raul Malo, on The Nashville Acoustic Sessions, 2004
  • Johnny Cash, on Personal File, 2006 (recorded 1973)

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