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I think [this was] the beginning for me of going in a more urban direction

Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey & David Hall
Produced by Mariah Carey, David Hall & Walter Afanasieff
Samples “Blind Alley” by The Emotions


3:54     Album Version
4:28     Bam Jam Soul
4:34     Club Joint Mix
10:43   Def Club Mix
6:20     Def Instrumental
6:41     Def Tribal Mix
4:54     Eclipse Dub
4:35     Theo’s Club Joint
7:12     USA Love Dub


  • "Dave Hall hates writing major chord type stuff that's really up. Whenever we write together he says, "Oh, so I guess you wanna do one of those happy joints, right?!" I'll say, "C'mon Dave, people like that stuff." Then we saw the success of "Dreamlover" I guess that made him more open.” - Blues & Soul (UK) Issue: October 24, 1995 “Daydream Believer” by Jeff Lorez
  • "I think the beginning for me of going in a more urban direction was doing "Dreamlover" with Dave Hall. Although it's still poppy, it has a loop under there and the feel was just different from what I'd done. I still love that song. I knew I always wanted to go in that direction anyway but it was sort of always a struggle because when record companies see that they can have success with you as one thing, it gets very frightening and unsure for them to see you do something else. “ - Blues & Soul (UK) Issue: September 23, 1997 “Butterfly kisses,,, or in bed with Mariah!” by Jeff Lorez
  • “I loved what Dave [Hall] was doing at that time. I wanted to do something that had a happy feeling, and that’s really not Dave. It’s very anti what he’s about. So he said, ‘Oh, you want to do that happy stuff? All right, all right.’  He was not into doing it.  Then we listened to a lot of loops and we used the ‘Blind Alley’ loop and I started singing the melody over it… [The loop] is from an old record.  That’s very low in the mix - you really can’t even hear it.  It was used on a rap record called ‘Ain’t No Half-Steppin’ by Big Daddy Kane and probably a lot of other things.  But it never had this kind of song over it.  We built the song from the melody and Dave ended up liking it… I wrote the verses first.  I always do the melody first.  Sometimes I’ll have an idea for a lyric. If I’m collaborating with someone, I’ll direct them in the direction that I’m going chordwise, because I’ll get all these melody ideas and then I lose them if I don’t have someone really good on keyboards right there with me.  That’s why I tend to collaborate because I lose he ideas by the time I figure out the chords.  All these melody ideas just go.”- 2003 Fred Bronson “The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits” Page 820
  • “I was working with Dave ‘Jam’ Hall who was working with mainly hip-hop artists and we were ‘digging in the crates’ and decided to us the loop from ‘Blind Alley’ which was sampled by several big hip-hop artists. I loved the freedom of writing on top of that beat and brining it into what most people consider a pop record.” - 2015 #1 to Infinity liner notes



1994 Released on the Music Box album
1998 Included on the #1s compilation.
2001 Included on the Greatest Hits compilation.
2009 Included on the The Ballads/Love Songs compilation.
2010 Included on the Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey compilation.
2015 Included on the #1 to Infinity compilation.

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