♫ One More Night ♫ (Redux)

Philip David Charles Collins, aka Phil Collins, was playing around with his drum machine (a Roland TR-808) when he started singing the chorus of the song. He later recalled that the writing of the song was completed “very quickly.”  The song’s music video, directed by Jim Yukich, features Collins playing the piano in a downtown bar. It was filmed at a pub owned by Richard Branson in London.

Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times originally disliked the song One More Night, but later praised it, saying that “Collins’ soulful but polite vocal style is also capable of capturing the pain of going through yet one more night without her”.  Isaac Guzman of the New York Daily News said that the song brought about “snuggle-inspiring tenderness”.  “Snuggle-inspiring tenderness” …  I like that!

The song did well in both the U.S. (#1) and the UK (#4).  And now, a bit of Phil …

One More Night
Phil Collins

One more night
One more night
I’ve been trying ooh so long to let you know
Let you know how I feel
And if I stumble if I fall, just help me back
So I can make you see

Please give me one more night
Give me one more night
One more night ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me just one more night, oh just one more night
Oh one more night ’cause I can’t wait forever

I’ve been sitting here so long
Wasting time, just staring at the phone
And I was wondering should I call you
Then I thought, maybe you’re not alone

Please give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Please give me one more night, oh just one more night
Oh just one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever

Like a river to the sea
I will always be with you
And if you sail away
I will follow you

Give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
I know there’ll never be a time you’ll ever feel the same
And I know it’s only words
But if you change your mind you know that I’ll be here
And maybe we both can learn

Give me just one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me just one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever

Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Songwriters: Phil Collins
One More Night lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC

♫ 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

♫ In The Air Tonight ♫ (Redux)

Tonight, I more or less spun the wheel, said “Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe” and let the chips fall where they may.  I liked where they fell … can never go wrong with Phil Collins … and so here we are … In the Air Tonight!


I could have sworn that I had played this one here before, for it is among my favourites by Phil Collins, but a thorough search did not find it, so apparently I dreamed I played it!  It happens … some days I wake up thinking that I’ve already cooked supper, or taken a shower, when in fact all I’ve done is sleep!

Collins wrote this song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, in 1980 – he was so devastated that he left Genesis for a short time. All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including the follow-up hit I Missed Again, were at one time intended to be “messages” to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him.

The lingering tension caused by the divorce led Collins to the title, as these negative feelings were In The Air, and affecting not just the couple getting divorced, but the entire family.

By the time the album was released, Collins had moved on and was dating Jill Tavelman, who became his second wife. His split with Jill would inspire the songs on Collins’ 1993 album Both Sides.

The meaning of this song became a pervasive urban myth. The story, which is not true, is that Collins watched as a man who raped his wife drowned. Another version has Collins writing this about about a man who watched another drown, and singing it to him at a concert. Yet another variation claims that when Collins was a young boy, he witnessed a man drowning someone but was too far away to help. Later, he hired a private detective to find the man, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered the song that night with the spotlight on the man the whole time. We repeat, these stories are not true.
This was Collins’ first single as a solo artist; he claims that he offered it up as a Genesis song, but that his bandmates rejected it, saying it was “too simple.” Tony Banks of Genesis insists that Collins never played them the song.

There are shorter versions of this song, but I like this one for its dramatic presentation …

In the Air Tonight
Phil Collins

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
It’s all been a pack of lies

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don’t fool me
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and me

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

Songwriters: Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC

♫ Everyone’s Gone To The Moon ♫

These days, a one-way ticket to the moon doesn’t sound half bad.  Life here on Planet Earth rather sucks at the moment, and given a chance to be among the first to form a colony … of wolves … on the moon, I might jump at the chance.  Only one rule:  No Humans Allowed!  🐺

Jonathan King is 75 years old now, but in 1965 when he wrote, produced and sang Everyone’s Gone to the Moon, he was a 21-year-old undergraduate student at Cambridge University.

The Guardian reported in 2002 that he had sold over 40 million records in his career. As an independent producer, he discovered and named Genesis in 1967, producing their first album From Genesis to Revelation. He founded his own label, UK Records in 1972. He released and produced songs for 10cc and the Bay City Rollers. In the 1970s King became known for hits that he performed and/or produced under different names, including “Johnny Reggae”, “Loop di Love”, “Sugar, Sugar”, “It Only Takes a Minute”, “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Una Paloma Blanca”; between September 1971 and 1972 alone he produced 10 top 30 singles in the UK.

The British Library holds a copy of the sheet music, a single sided piece of foolscap size paper; it is credited to Kenneth King (King’s real name) and published by Marquis Music Co. Ltd of London. The song, which runs to some 2 minutes 34 seconds, was released on Decca backed by Summer’s Coming. Worldwide, Everyone’s Gone To The Moon sold over four million copies, entering the U.S. Billboard Chart at #79 the week ending September 25, 1965, and peaking at #17 in the U.S. and #4 in the UK.

Everyone’s Gone to the Moon
Jonathan King

Streets full of people, all alone
Roads full of houses, never home
Church full of singing, out of tune
Everyone’s gone to the moon

Eyes full of sorrow, never wet
Hands full of money, all in debt
Sun coming out in the middle of June
Everyone’s gone to the moon

Long time ago
Life had begun
Everyone went to the sun

Cars full of motors, painted green
Mouths full of chocolate-covered cream
Arms that can only lift a spoon
Everyone’s gone to the moon

Everyone’s gone to the moon
Everyone’s gone to the moon

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Kenneth King
Everyone’s Gone to the Moon lyrics © Marquis Songs Usa

♫ Against All Odds ♫

I was resigned to the fact that I would not have time to do a music post tonight, but then, as I was working on my Jolly Monday post, racing the clock, knowing I still had much work to be done, this one popped loudly into my head.  I do mean loudly!  I figured I had already played this one, being a devotee of Phil Collins and his music, but a nagging little doubt sent me to the archives to confirm … or deny, as it happened, for somehow I have not played this one.  And so, ladies and gentlemen … I give you … PHIL COLLINS!!!

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

♫ In The Air Tonight ♫

I could have sworn that I had played this one here before, for it is among my favourites by Phil Collins, but a thorough search did not find it, so apparently I dreamed I played it!  It happens … some days I wake up thinking that I’ve already cooked supper, or taken a shower, when in fact all I’ve done is sleep!

Collins wrote this song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, in 1980 – he was so devastated that he left Genesis for a short time. All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including the follow-up hit I Missed Again, were at one time intended to be “messages” to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him.

The lingering tension caused by the divorce led Collins to the title, as these negative feelings were In The Air, and affecting not just the couple getting divorced, but the entire family.

By the time the album was released, Collins had moved on and was dating Jill Tavelman, who became his second wife. His split with Jill would inspire the songs on Collins’ 1993 album Both Sides.

The meaning of this song became a pervasive urban myth. The story, which is not true, is that Collins watched as a man who raped his wife drowned. Another version has Collins writing this about about a man who watched another drown, and singing it to him at a concert. Yet another variation claims that when Collins was a young boy, he witnessed a man drowning someone but was too far away to help. Later, he hired a private detective to find the man, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered the song that night with the spotlight on the man the whole time. We repeat, these stories are not true.
This was Collins’ first single as a solo artist; he claims that he offered it up as a Genesis song, but that his bandmates rejected it, saying it was “too simple.” Tony Banks of Genesis insists that Collins never played them the song.

There are shorter versions of this song, but I like this one for its dramatic presentation …

In the Air Tonight
Phil Collins

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
It’s all been a pack of lies

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don’t fool me
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and me

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

Songwriters: Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC

♫ Against All Odds ♫

Some people are born with talent oozing out of their pores, while others of us do well to remember which sock goes on which foot each morning.

Philip David Charles Collins, aka Phil Collins, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He was the drummer and singer of the band Genesis and is also a solo artist. Between 1982 and 1989, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totaled, Collins had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s.

My claim to fame is that I can fold a really neat stack of towels.

Collins originally wrote this song for his album Face Value and titled the song How Can You Just Sit There?  But he decided he didn’t like the song well enough to include it in the album and it was set aside.  Until … movie director Taylor Hackford, who was directing Against All Odds at the time, appeared at the end of one of Collins’ concerts to ask him to write the title song for the film.

As was the case with several of his early solo songs, it was inspired and written shortly after the breakup between him and his first wife, which he says transformed him from being a musician into also being a lyricist.

“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.”

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

Songwriters: Phil Collins
Against All Odds lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

♫ One More Night ♫

Philip David Charles Collins, aka Phil Collins, was playing around with his drum machine (a Roland TR-808) when he started singing the chorus of the song. He later recalled that the writing of the song was completed “very quickly.”  The song’s music video, directed by Jim Yukich, features Collins playing the piano in a downtown bar. It was filmed at a pub owned by Richard Branson in London.

Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times originally disliked the song One More Night, but later praised it, saying that “Collins’ soulful but polite vocal style is also capable of capturing the pain of going through yet one more night without her”.  Isaac Guzman of the New York Daily News said that the song brought about “snuggle-inspiring tenderness”.  “Snuggle-inspiring tenderness” …  I like that!

The song did well in both the U.S. (#1) and the UK (#4).  And now, a bit of Phil …

One More Night
Phil Collins

One more night
One more night
I’ve been trying ooh so long to let you know
Let you know how I feel
And if I stumble if I fall, just help me back
So I can make you see

Please give me one more night
Give me one more night
One more night ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me just one more night, oh just one more night
Oh one more night ’cause I can’t wait forever

I’ve been sitting here so long
Wasting time, just staring at the phone
And I was wondering should I call you
Then I thought, maybe you’re not alone

Please give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Please give me one more night, oh just one more night
Oh just one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever

Like a river to the sea
I will always be with you
And if you sail away
I will follow you

Give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
I know there’ll never be a time you’ll ever feel the same
And I know it’s only words
But if you change your mind you know that I’ll be here
And maybe we both can learn

Give me just one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me just one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever

Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Songwriters: Phil Collins
One More Night lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC