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Radio XXXI, side B, track 2: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Phil Collins - In The Air TonightOh, Phil Collins, I remembered this song, but I didn’t really REMEMBER remember it, you know?  Because if I’d really have remembered it, I would have been a lot more excited about this song coming up on the track list.  Seriously, Phil Collins (or should I say “But seriously. . .” haha!), what a great @#%@#$@# song!  Am I right?  When I think of you, I always think of upbeat, impishly charming songs, mostly because that’s what I imagine you’re like in real life.  But I forget that you’ve made some sad and somber songs, and in this case, a song that’s downright haunting.

From those opening ominous drumbeats to that growling, prowling guitar to some of the most effective, understated electronic voice manipulation I’ve ever heard in a song, this song evokes images of two grim gangsters facing off with each other or two other morally questionable folks, one who witnessed the other do something pretty horrible, threatening each other over coffee at an all-night diner.  In other words, not the kind of images that I’d normally equate with a song by Phil Collins.

At first glance and first listen, it seems like a pretty simple song, but it’s deliberately simple.  And by that I mean that it’s not simple at all.  There are a lot of beautifully ugly things writhing just below the surface of this song, so thanks for reminding me that you’re not JUST an elvishly clever scamp, Phil Collins.

“In The Air Tonight”

<awesome Phil Collins jam>

I can feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

And I’ve been waitin’ for this moment
For all my life

Oh Lord

Can you feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

Oh Lord

Well, if you told me you were drownin’

I would not lend a hand

I’ve seen your face before, my friend

But I don’t know if ya know who I am

Well, I was there an’ I saw whatcha did

I saw it with my own two eyes

So you can wipe off that grin

I know where ya’ve been

It’s all been a pack’a lies

And I can feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment
For all my life

Oh Lord

I can feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

And 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 this silence up

No, you don’t fool me

Well, the hurt doesn’t show
But the pain still grows
It’s no stranger ta you and me

I can feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

Well, 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

And I’ve been waiting for this moment
For all my life

Oh Lord

I can feel it
Comin’ in the air tonight

Oh Lord

And I’ve been waiting for this moment
All my liiife

Oh Loord

I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Loord

Oh Loord oh Looooord

Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment
All my liiiiiife

Oh Lord, oh Lord

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