When I Dream of Michelangelo

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"When I Dream of Michelangelo"
Single by Counting Crows
from the album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
ReleasedDecember 2008
FormatAirplay only
Songwriter(s)Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim Bogios, Millard Powers
Producer(s)Brian Deck
Counting Crows singles chronology
"Come Around"
"When I Dream of Michelangelo"
"Palisades Park"

"When I Dream of Michelangelo" is the eighth track on Counting Crows' 2008 album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (the second on the more reflective "Sunday Mornings" half of the record).

Although it was not released as a single, it was featured as the B-side to "1492" on a free downloadable "digital 45" that preceded the release of the album. In December 2008, it would also be serviced to the Adult Alternative (or Triple A) radio format as the third airplay single this era, following up the chart-topping "Come Around". On 21 March 2009 issuing of Billboard's Triple A chart, it was at #11 in its eighth week on the chart.[1]

The track shares a lyric from the band's earlier single "Angels of the Silences", from which the song's title originates: "I dream of Michelangelo when I’m lying in my bed".

Song meaning[edit]

Duritz acknowledged in a 23 April 2008 interview via Leo's Music Cast that the song is among the first he ever started writing:[2]

Duritz explained the song's evolution more elaborately in a March 2008 interview with James Campion:[3]


  1. ^ "Information Not Found". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  2. ^ Owen, Brent (23 April 2008). "Q&A: Adam Duritz". Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  3. ^ Campion, James (26 March 2008). "Adam Duritz Out of the Abyss: Counting Crows Front Man Battles Identity Crisis and Serious Mental Illness to Emerge with a Powerful New Two-Act Record". Retrieved 12 March 2009.

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