All of These Dreams
Music/Lyrics: Anastasio, Marshall, Herman
Vocals: Trey (lead), Mike, Page (backing)
Albums: Round Room
Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)
Last Update: 2011-10-03
"All of These Dreams” is one of the most traditional songs in the Phish repertoire. The song establishes itself on vocal harmony, a solid chorus, and a simple melody, enveloping some of the most straightforward and accessible lyrics to come from the pen of Tom Marshall.
“All of These Dreams” and “Anything But Me” both emerged from the wake of a screaming fight between Trey and Tom during a song writing session in a Philadelphia hotel room. According to Trey, the two tunes “express something that I usually am a little too shy to express,” though precisely what that is he leaves unsaid. As the members of Phish enter middle-age, it seems their world is one where depth of meaning, awareness of love, and stripped-down simplicity may find at least equal footing with the compositional complexity, whimsical goofiness, and improvisational intensity that defined their first twenty years.
While the “official” concert debut was during the hiatus-ending tour on 1/3/03 at Hampton, “All of These Dreams” was first performed live on 12/19/02 at the taping of The Late Show with David Letterman. This appearance was Phish’s sixth on Letterman and their second on television that week, after also performing on Saturday Night Live.
While performances of the song don't vary one to the next, representative performances can be found on 2/14/03 Vegas, at the 20th anniversary Boston festivities on 12/2/03, on 3/8/09 during the Hampton reunion run, and as a mid-set breather at the white-hot 10/26/10 Manchester, NH gig.