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What is the meaning of Phil Collins "In the air tonight"?

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asked Aug 25, 2013 in Music by Prenkris Newbie (130 points)

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"In the Air Tonight" is a song written in 1979 and recorded in 1980 by English singer and musician, Phil Collins and popularized by the hit tv series Miami Vice. It first appeared on Collins' 1981 solo album entitled Face Value. Released as a single in the United Kingdom in January 1981, the song was an instant hit quickly climbing to #2 on the UK Singles chart. It was also an international hit peaking at #19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1981.
answered Aug 26, 2013 by bbrown Inquisitive Expert (97,580 points)
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Not sure how true this is but I heard it related to a drowning of someone close to him (possibly a family member) and the life guard did nothing to help. Phil then sent said life guard an invitation to one of his concerts where he played that song for the first time. The life guard knew what he was getting at in his lyrics and ended up committing suicide that night.

I believe what I was told though I don't have anything other than my friends word to back it it up so I won't tell you that this is definitely true.


"we'll if you told me you were drowning, I wouldn't lend a hand

ive 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

its all been a pack of lies"
answered Sep 13, 2013 by Member (470 points)


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