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    Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

    Post by maxim9691 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:39 am

    Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

    Phil seems a bit confused at why the song was written and the legend that he created about it.
    I don't know what this song is about. When I was writing this I was
    going through a divorce. And the only thing I can say about it is that
    it's obviously in anger. It's the angry side, or the bitter side of a
    separation. So what makes it even more comical is when I hear these
    stories which started many years ago, particularly in America, of
    someone come up to me and say, 'Did you really see someone drowning?' I
    said, 'No, wrong'. And then every time I go back to America the story
    gets Chinese whispers,
    it gets more and more elaborate. It's so frustrating, 'cos this is one
    song out of all the songs probably that I've ever written that I really
    don't know what it's about, you know?

    The fable 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

    I find this version interesting because I remember seeing Phil Collins on a TV Talkshow describing the origins of the song and he told the above story, nearly word for word. Now maybe Phil was having a bit of fun with the audience, I don't know , but it would seem he created this false hood.

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