Dreaming of someone is not a new topic for a song, but this one looks at it from another angle. "We've crossed the border between truth and dreams," Armatrading sings.
Dreams can take you closer to your desire, so putting yourself in that state can make them come true. This can even apply to a song.
"When I'm writing, you might see me just kind of sitting in a chair and gazing up as if I'm doing nothing," Armatrading said in a Songfacts interview. "'Why's she not writing? Why's she not working?'" That dreaming is the thing that's going to bring that song closer to me. And that's what 'Always In My Dreams' is about. It's getting this thing that you want - whatever that thing is – getting it closer."
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.