♫ Against All Odds ♫

I have a few “go-to” artists when I am in need of a pick-me-up, as I am tonight.  I’ve been under the weather all day and just needed a voice to soothe me.  Among those favourites are of course Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, and Phil Collins.  So, searching back through the archives, I’ve played this one only once and it’s been two years, so … I shan’t apologize but only hope that you enjoy Phil Collins as much as I do!


Released in 1984 this was the first of seven US solo #1 hits for Collins, all of which charted in the ’80s. He was still charting hits with Genesis during this time as well, including the #1 Invisible Touch in 1986.  Collins had originally written the song for his album Face Value, but then decided against its inclusion.  The song likely would have gone unnoticed had not film director Taylor Hackford asked Collins to write a song for the film Against All Odds.

“Against All Odds was written in the same misery that the rest of Face Value came from, but I wasn’t drawn to it initially. I didn’t like it as much as ‘You Know What I Mean,’ and I thought there was only room for one of those on the album. I don’t know what would have happened to it if Taylor Hackford hadn’t got in touch.”

And in a 2007 interview, Collins recalled …

“That song was written during my first divorce. My first wife and the kids had gone and I was left there. The song was written out of experience as opposed to a ‘what if’ song. If that personal stuff had not happened to me at the time, I probably would never have made an album, and if I was to have made an album eventually, it probably would have been a jazz/rock thing. Without that stuff I wouldn’t have felt the stuff I felt sitting at a piano night after night, day after day writing stuff.”

This won Collins the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance. It was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You.

Against All Odds
Phil Collins

How can I just let you walk away,
Just let you leave without a trace?
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh ooh
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave?
‘Cause we’ve shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh, Take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that’s what I’ve got to face,

I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There’s so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

Now Take a look at me now
‘Cause that’s just an empty space
But to wait for you is all I can do
And that’s what I’ve got to face

Take a good look at me now
‘Cause I’ll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It’s the chance I’ve got to take
Take a look at me now

Writer/s: Phillip David Charles Collins
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

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