♫ Separate Lives ♫

I was pondering playing The Turtles Elenore tonight, but wasn’t all that thrilled with the selection.  I do like the song, just wasn’t in the mood for it tonight.  As I was skimming through this evening’s comments, I came to one by blogging buddy Dweezer 19, in which she mentions the Phil Collins song Separate Lives, featured in the 1985 movie White Nights.  There really isn’t much by Phil Collins that I don’t like, so I thought I’d listen to this one and see if it suited my mood better.  It does.

Songwriter Stephen Bishop recorded his own version for his album Sleeping With Girls for Polydor Records, released in 1985. Bishop received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It lost to Lionel Richie’s Say You, Say Me, which I played yesterday,  from the same film.

Marilyn Martin, who sings with Phil in this version, was a prominent session singer who landed a record deal with Atlantic after singing backup for Stevie Nicks on her 1985 album Rock A Little. An executive at Atlantic thought she would be a good fit for this duet, and paired her with Collins, who approved. Martin had a minor hit in 1986 with Night Moves before she moved on to a career in real estate.

Separate Lives
Phil Collins, Marilyn Martin

You called me from the room in your hotel
All full of romance for someone that you met
And telling me how sorry you were, leaving so soon
And that you miss me sometimes when you’re alone in your room
Do I feel lonely too?

You have no right to ask me how I feel
You have no right to speak to me so kind
I can’t go on just holding on to time
Now that we’re living (living) separate lives

Well I held on to let you go
And if you lost your love for me, well you never let it show (never let it show)
There was no way to compromise
So now we’re living (living)
Separate lives

Ooh, it’s so typical, love leads to isolation
So you build that wall (build that wall)
Yes, you build that wall (build that wall)
And you make it stronger

Well you have no right to ask me how I feel
You have no right to speak to me so kind
Some day I might (I might) find myself looking in your eyes
But for now, we’ll go on living separate lives
Yes for now, we’ll go on living separate lives
Ah, separate lives

Songwriters: Stephen Bishop
Separate Lives lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

17 thoughts on “♫ Separate Lives ♫

  1. This song spoke to me when it was released as a single. I already knew quite a bit about living separate lives, as the husband had left to go find himself. Apparently he is still looking, having never returned, or found himself somewhere else and stayed. But I liked the song and love Phil Collins. I have the original soundtrack from the movie, that one doesn’t have Lionel Ritchie’s “Say You, Say Me” on it and I forget the reason. It is on the reissue as a bonus track. Other than the music, to me the best part of the movie was the dancing. Thank-you!

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    • I will have to watch that … one of these days! I do love Phil Collins, and also Lionel. Your husband had no sense, apparently. Did you ever get divorced, or are you still legally married to the fool?


  2. A sad song. I do not like the first verse at all. I have never done such a thing to an ex, and only had it done once to me, but face to face. There are no rules in love, but there are courtesies. That is not one of them. Game-playing is not kind under any circumstances…

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