The first track on Richard Ashcroft's fifth solo album, "All My Dreams" reflects his relationship with his wife, Kate, whom he married in 1995. "All my dreams wrapped up with you," he sings.
"Not all relationships are a perfect ying-yang situation - sometimes people put a lot on someone else," he explained in a Songfacts interview
. "We could, together, reach that dream, but ultimately without that person being willing to follow that path, that reality won't happen. It takes two to tango, as the cliché says, but that's the truth. In any relationship, in a sense, the other person does hold a lot of your dreams within them because if you haven't got a positive love ambition for that relationship, then what the hell are you dreaming for? What are you dreaming about? Ultimately, hopefully, it's spending some healthy time together and being positive.
It's just simple stuff like that, that is actually life. As we see all the trappings and the fear and the anxieties and desires that are constantly beamed at us, of course we're going to lose a little sense, certainly in an urban environment, of an analog world. An analog world that is about tactile things, that is about skin touching, holding, is about tears. It's about that kind of thing."