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Fantasy
Song

Fantasy

Mariah Carey
Album:
Daydream

Song Meaning and Background of Fantasy by Mariah Carey


Fantasy, is a song by the American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey and was released in 1995, as the lead single from her fifth album, Daydream.

The track was written and produced by Carey and Dave Hall.

The lyrics describe a woman who is in love with a man, and how every time she sees him she starts fantasizing about an impossible relationship with him.


"Fantasy" received critical acclaim and the song became a global success, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, and reaching the top-ten in thirteen countries.


In the US, "Fantasy" became the first song by a female artist, and second overall to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100, topping the chart for eight consecutive weeks.


With Daydream, Carey began incorporating urban R&B and hip hop into her music, something very noticeable in "Fantasy".


After Carey began writing songs for her new album Daydream, she decided to include the hook from the Tom Tom Club song "Genius of Love" into an up-tempo song. Afterwards, Carey and Hall began incorporating the sample into the lyrics and melody she had already produced.


Carey described how the idea to sample the song became a reality:

I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love', and I hadn't heard it in a long time. It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for "Fantasy".


I initially told Dave about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it.


Carey recalled how the writers of the song were really intrigued by the idea of Carey sampling the song, and immediately signed over the rights.


After Carey presented Hall with the sample, the chorus and beat, he developed a familiar groove that he felt would "highlight Carey's voice."


After they completed the song, Carey's husband and CEO of Columbia, Tommy Mottola listened to "Fantasy" and agreed to include it on the album.


Hall described his experience with writing the song with Carey:

It was a fun song to do. Mariah brought me 'Genius of Love' and I laid some strings on it and put it into a groove I felt really fit and highlighted her voice. And that song didn't take us but a minute to do, because she really busted that out within two days.

We did a rough copy and let Tommy Mottola hear it and he loved it, so all we had to do was bring it back in and mix it.


Lyrics of Fantasy by Mariah Carey


Oh, when you walk by every night

Talking sweet and looking fine

I get kind of hectic inside

Mmm, baby, I'm so into you

Darling, if you only knew

All the things that flow through my mind

 

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

When I close my eyes, you come and take me

On and on and on, it's so deep in my daydreams

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby (Fantasy)

(And I want you so bad)

 

Images of rapture

Creep into me slowly

As you're going to my head

And my heart beats faster

When you take me over

Time and time and time again

 

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

When I close my eyes, you come and take me

On and on and on, it's so deep in my daydreams

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby (Fantasy)

Oh, oh, it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

When I close my eyes you come and take me

On and on and on, it's so deep in my daydreams

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby (Fantasy)

 

I'm in heaven

With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend

There's no beginning and there is no end

Feels like I'm dreaming, but I'm not sleeping

 

Oh, it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

When I close my eyes, you come and take me

On and on and on, it's so deep in my daydreams

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

Sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

When I close my eyes, you come and take me

On and on and on, it's so deep in my daydreams

But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

Sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

Sweet, sweet fantasy, baby

Release Date

1995

Songwriter/s

Mariah Carey, Dave Hall, Adrian Belew, Chris Frantz, Steven Stanley, Tina Weymouth

Producer/s

Carey, Hall

Label/s

Columbia

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