You could have rescued me from drowning. He says, the inspiration for this song came from years ago. After that it was put to music. Not because hisw ife , so that's a lie. Just that you were fuckin' round.
Elvis told me in 1985 that he hated Oriental so I know that story is false. 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. In the 2009 movie The Hangover, Mike Tyson appears in a hotel room looking for his missing tiger. I took the time to read it and I believe that Phil put great thought into the lyrics of this before this song was composed. He was talking to his angry, over zealous alter ego. She did have an affair while he was gone, but felt that Collins checked out of the marriage when he left for the tour. It paid for this house we're in right now! The pads are pan on the left with a 100 msec delay applied to the right channel.
And the guy who didn't save him. He said he began working on the drum machine, found a rhythm he liked, then added some chords on the keyboard that sounded good, and the words just came to him. Especially when he gets into playing the drums. So, it relates back to the original rumor and then carries it into a new generation and a new genre of music fans. His wife did cheat on him and Phil did in fact catch him. The story has to do with Phil Collins supposedly watching his close friend drown from a nearby cliff, while he stood helpless, too far away to rescue.
Also at this point, bar 89, the Bass guitar and bass drone are introduced followed soon at bar 91 by high pitch string drones. And the only thing I can say about it is that it's obviously in anger. I try to make this the last song I listen to on my iPod before I fall asleep. The meaning of this song became a pervasive Urban Myth. Phil himself says the whole alblum was about hsi first wife and to make her feel guilty. I have heard that Phil wrote it about some guy drowning his buddy when they were kids threw him out of boat and watched him drown while Phil watched from shore.
This song utilizes a drum machine and vocoder, mellow synth pads and bold drum rolls, all traits of Oldfield's music. While this makes an interesting story, none of these variations ever happened. Gotta put you on your ass to see what it does to you. At this point of the song, you can easily tell he is gaining more confidence in defeating his alter ego, the old Phil and will succeed in becoming the better person by changing his ways. It could mean something different to everyone. Finally, the iconic drum fill comes in at the end of the verse and lead to the final choruses, 3, 4 and 5. It has got absolutely nothing to do with people drowning or whatever, neither with him getting divorced.
Maybe a sole survivor where an entire family was gunned down, who knows. Some wrong done, a witnessed act of cruelty, etc. I remember the first principle I had for making my record was that I would get a voice down very quickly so everything else would fit to the voice. The latest rumors are that he is in Afghanistan working as a spy. Half of the people who hear this will be more intrigued with the idea, than with the song itself.
I think Phil has covered up the real meaning with his story of the lyrics not really having any particular reference to a specific example event in his life. You could eliminate certain sounds and program bass drums and snare drums, so I programmed a bass drum part into it, but basically the rest of it was already on there. As Collins has stated many times, the lyrics have no meaning at all; he was simply singing lines that came into his head while he was playing with his keyboard. Needless to say, it's one of my favorites. The song was written about what would happen if he ever came face to face with his friends killer.
The drums are priceless, pure Collins groove. He ends the song where he does because the following verse was about gutting the guy with a fish hook. I just played some chords on the Prophet V and made up some lyrics. I have three problems with Nonpoints cover of this song: 1. My balance on the high beams of life, keep my dreams in strife.
Phil Collins explains: 'People ask me, 'Aren't you embarrassed? The lyric is obviously metaphoric. Producing reliable fact-checking and thorough investigative reporting requires significant resources. Those were some expensive wives. The song is simply about an ordinary average guy going through a divorce. If you look at the lyrics, you'll see this song was definitely written by someone on the downslope of a bad relationship. I understand that the drowning makes sense, but why would he lie about it? And then every time I go back to America the story gets Chinese whispers, it gets more and more elaborate. The story has to do with Phil Collins supposedly watching his close friend drown from a nearby cliff, while he stood helpless, too far away to rescue.