♫ That’s All ♫

Once again, I owe a debt of gratitude to blogging friend Michael Seidel for planting this long-forgotten song in my mind earlier this evening.  Thanks, Michael … I am forever in your debt!

One of my all-time favourite singers is Phil Collins, who got his start with British rock band Genesis.

Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks was one of the first to use an Emulator, which was one of the first digital samplers (it was introduced in 1981). Banks would record his bandmate Mike Rutherford as he noodled around on his instruments, then play around with those samples to craft a track, which is how this song developed.  Says Banks …

“We were just improvising in the studio and Mike was playing a bit on guitar.  With the Emulator, I was able to sample bits and pieces as we were going along. I sampled this bit of Mike’s, which didn’t sound very good, so I actually slowed it down to about half or quarter speed, and it sort of played a suggestion of the riff that became ‘That’s All.’ It wasn’t quite the same, but it had a suggestion of it.

I played it on the piano like that, and I thought, this is really good. Phil went at it with a sort of ‘Rocky Raccoon’ style drumming on it, which made it something it hadn’t really been at all in the first place. Then I just wanted to keep it simple, chord-wise, and let it go where it would, rather than trying to combine it with another bit, which is sometimes what we used to do. We really let the song develop in itself, and I was pleased with that. That’s a simpler Genesis song, but one that really works.”

That’s All was Genesis’ first Top 10 hit in the U.S., setting the stage for their tremendous success the rest of the decade as they adapted their sound from obtuse progressive rock to tighter pop songs.

Until tonight, I did not realize that the Mike Rutherford of Genesis is also the Mike in Mike and the Mechanics!  See, I’m not too old to learn new things!

That’s All
Genesis

Just as I thought it was going alright
I find out I’m wrong, when I thought I was right
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all
I could say day, you’d say night
Tell me it’s black when I know that it’s white
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all

I could leave but I won’t go
Though my heart might tell me so
I can’t feel a thing from my head down to my toes
So why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all

Turning me on, turning me off
Making me feel like I want too much
Living with you’s just putting me through it all of the time
Running around, staying out all night
Taking it all instead of taking one bite
Living with you’s just putting me through it all of the time

I could leave but I won’t go
It’d be easier I know
I can’t feel a thing from my head down to my toes
But why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all

Truth is I love you
More that I wanted to
There’s no point in trying to pretend
There’s been no-one who
Makes me feel like you do
Say we’ll be together till the end

I could leave but I won’t go
It’d be easier I know
I can’t feel a thing from my head down to my toes
But why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all

Just as I thought it was going alright
I find out I’m wrong, when I thought I was right
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all
I could say day, you’d say night
Tell me it’s black when I know that it’s white
It’s always the same, it’s just a shame, that’s all – that’s all

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Michael Rutherford
That’s All lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

15 thoughts on “♫ That’s All ♫

    • Hmmmm … Salisbury Hill … by … Peter Gabriel??? Oh yeah … I remember that one! So, are you saying you might like to hear that one played here soon? I think that might be arranged … 😉

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    • Heh heh … it’s that obvious, is it? Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, and Jim Croce are my top 5 ‘go to’ artists. There are many others, of course, but I have probably overplayed those five!

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