Speaking of Dreams

Speaking of Dreams
Studio album by Joan Baez
Released November 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Folk
Label Gold Castle
Producer Alan Abrahams
Joan Baez chronology
Diamonds & Rust in the Bullring
Speaking of Dreams
Play Me Backwards

Speaking of Dreams is a 1989 album by Joan Baez that mixed personal compositions like the title song with political statements like "China", which was inspired by the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. (Baez also dedicated the album to the students of Tiananmen Square who "nonviolently, and at an enormous price, have changed the face of China forever.") The album featured collaborations with Paul Simon, Jackson Browne and the Gipsy Kings, and marked the beginning of a period where Baez notes she put her music ahead of the political activism that had preoccupied her for much of the prior decade.

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Track listing

  1. "China" (Joan Baez)
  2. "Warriors of the Sun" (Baez)
  3. "Carrickfergus" (traditional, Alan Connaught)
  4. "Hand to Mouth" (George Michael)
  5. "Speaking of Dreams" (Baez)
  6. "El Salvador" (Gregory Copeland) (duet with Jackson Browne)
  7. "Rambler Gambler/Whispering Bells" (traditional) (duet with Paul Simon)
  8. "Fairfax County" (David Massengill)
  9. "A Mi Manera (My Way)" (Paul Anka) (with the Gipsy Kings)
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