Is dream, dream, dream, dream
Dream, dream, dream, dream
Like lovers do
And it might come true
Dreams by John Legend

Fun fact! Joe Jonas co-wrote this song along with Darhyl “DJ” Camper Jr., Stephens, West, Jessyca Wilson

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[Produced by Darhyl Camper, Dave Tozer, John Legend & Kanye West] Dreams by John Legend

Co-executive producer of the album Dave Tozer spoke to The Source Magazine on producing the song:

That was one of the earlier ones as well. I remember being in the studio in LA, we were working on something else and John was doing a writing session with Joe Jonas I think, actually. And Joe Jonas was in the studio, as well. And it was an idea I think that was started for Joe Jonas, it was just an initial idea and then sort of didn’t work out for that and John developed it for himself. And I really like those vocoders that are on the end of the production and that goes into a cool place. And it’s just got a nice attitude to that one. Kanye made some suggestions to that one in terms of editing it and how to do it and so we incorporated those and then it’s a pretty simple song with a classic John tune.

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What if I told you
The dreams on the other side
The dreams on the other side
Go there with me tonight
What If I Told You? (Interlude) by John Legend

The halfway point between the LP. You’ll notice the next track is called “Dreams”.

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[Produced by Dave Tozer, Kanye West, Ken Lewis & The Twilite Tone] What If I Told You? (Interlude) by John Legend

Speaking to Sonic Scoop, executive producer Dave Tozer commented on the production:

This one has beautiful horns, you’ll hear how it works with the next song “Dreams.” It’s cool because it’s got this feel of an old sample to it, just this retro feel and vibey-ness. I really enjoy making tracks that aren’t samples feel like samples by applying the right kind of character to the recording & mix. It has a very nostalgic quality.

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Oh the sunshine in your eyes could break the ice
I can tell that you deserve the best in life
If I offer you the chance to live tonight
Then take it
We can make it
Tomorrow by John Legend

In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Legend commented on working with Dave Tozer & Kanye West and what the record means to him:

We made something I think really presents where I am in my life right now. Lyrically, the title kind of embraces where I’m heading in life, I’m about to get married. It’s the beginning of something new, I’m optimistic about it, and you can hear that in the tone of the tracks. I wanted to make a really great modern soul album.

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And it's on tonight
How about we go and save the night
I can see you want it and so do i
How about we go and save the night
Let's save the night
Save the Night by John Legend

John dropped into Sway In The Morning and shed some light on what it was like working with long time friend & label mate Kanye West on the album. West executive produced and co produced this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdKwCLCIFeM

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[Produced by The Runners & Co] Save the Night by John Legend

Executive producer Dave Tozer spoke with Sonic Scoop on the production of the track:

I like that song. The rhythm’s hitting. We had a demo of the chorus from The Runners, but originally it was in a completely different key. The first thing I did was change the key to put it in a better spot for John’s range, then John and I rewrote the song, starting with the chorus melody, then we wrote the rest of the parts around it. We gave the verses more of a bluesy vibe and we added some 808s, a ton of claps, and really made those drums hit.

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[Produced by 88 Keys, Dave Tozer & Kanye West] Hold on Longer by John Legend

Co-executive producer of the album Dave Tozer spoke to The Source Magazine on producing the song:

That one is very sort of Stevie Wonder influenced. It’s there in the writing, but it’s also there in the production, in the arrangement as well. One of the things that we added to it was these moog synthesizers doing high harmony lines in the middle of the song, which is a staple of 70’s era, Stevie. Once he got a hold of synthesizers, he had those things singing. So we have some of those in there because the track called for it, being a fan of that era of Stevie’s music, you’re hearing that when you’re listening to a song like that. So we put them on there and then we have a full-string orchestra on that one…and [it’s] another great vocal recording and performance by John on that…And an interesting thing you’ll notice on all his vocals, mostly all of the things we cut on this album, we recorded to tape before putting it into the computer, and it’s sort of an old-school way I guess, but there’s a lot of character that you get from that and the recording quality really it makes the vocal in particular shine.

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How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you
All of Me by John Legend

During an interview with Elle Magazine Legend commented on singing the song to his then girlfriend and now wife Chrissy Teigen:

Well, I played it for her as soon as I wrote it back in 2011, it was pretty early in the project. It’s one of the older songs on the album as far as when I wrote them. I just sang it for her acapella, and she loved it. She cried.

He further revealed to Glamour Magazine he sung it to her at their wedding

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We’ve got a lot of nerve, girl
We walk around here like we own this place
Who Do We Think We Are by John Legend (Ft. Rick Ross)

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