I Dreamed a Dream
I Dreamed a Dream Rachel Shelby
Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 3 - Showstoppers
Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One
Glee: The Music, Best of Season One
Released: May 18, 2010
By: Cast of Les Misérables
Sung by: Rachel Berry and Shelby Corcoran
Place: The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion, Shelby's Car and Rachel's Bedroom
Episode: Dream On

I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables is featured in Dream On, the nineteenth episode of Season One. It is sung by Rachel and Shelby in a vivid dream sequence of the two singing together.

They sing this song when Rachel hears her mom's voice for the first time on a tape that Jesse gives her. It is the second song from Les Misérables sung by Rachel, the first being On My Own in Pilot, the first episode of Season One.


I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted

Shelby (Rachel):
But the tigers come at night (But the tigers come at night)
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart (As they tear your hope apart)
As they turn your dream to

Rachel and Shelby:

And still I dream she'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

Rachel and Shelby:
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream
I dreamed


  • This is the first of four Rachel-Shelby duets. The second is Poker Face in Theatricality, the third is Somewhere in I Am Unicorn, and the fourth is Next to Me in Sweet Dreams.
    • This is also Shelby's first song of the series.
  • In the musical Les Miserables this is sung by Fantine who leaves her daughter Cosette to Jean Valjean (the main character). In Glee, Shelby gives up Rachel to a gay couple who later, become her parents.
    • Lea Michele has played young Cosette in a production of Les Mis.



Les Miserables - I Dreamed a Dream04:30

Les Miserables - I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed A Dream from Glee02:49

I Dreamed A Dream from Glee

Glee - I Dreamed A Dream03:11

Glee - I Dreamed A Dream

Glee - I Dreamed A Dream (Acapella)02:38

Glee - I Dreamed A Dream (Acapella)


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