After getting to know Elvis, '68 producer Steve Binder felt strongly that Elvis should have a message song for the finale of the TV special. He asked W. Earl Brown to write one for Elvis and the result was this song. Elvis embraced the words and sang it with great passion, telling Steve..."I'm never going to sing another song I don't believe in." The "If I Can Dream" single was released with "Edge of Reality" (recorded for the film "Live a Little, Love a Little") as its flipside in November 1968. The single spent 13 weeks on the U.S. pop chart peaking at #12. In the U.K. it was on the chart for 10 weeks, peaking at #11.