Phil COLLINS


... But Seriously

(1989)



1. Hang In Long Enough 4'44
(Phil Collins)
2. That's Just The Way It Is 5'21
(Phil Collins)
3. Do You Remember ? 4'36
(Phil Collins)
4. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven * 4'51
(Phil Collins / Daryl Stuermer)
5. Colours 8'51
(Phil Collins)
6. I Wish It Would Rain Down 5'28
(Phil Collins)
7. Another Day In Paradise 5'22
(Phil Collins)
8. Heat On The Sheet 3'52
(Phil Collins)
9. All Of My Life 5'35
(Phil Collins)
10. Saturday Night And Sunday Morning ** 1'26
(Phil Collins / Thomas Washington)
11. Father To Son 3'28
(Phil Collins)
12. Find A Way To My Heart 6'10
(Phil Collins)

Total Time: 59:44


  • Phil Collins - Keyboards (1-9, 11, 12), Drums (1, 4-12), Percussion (2, 3, 10, 12), Tambourine (6, 8), Vocals (1-9, 12)
  • Daryl Stuermer - Guitar (1-4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Dominic Miller - Guitar (1, 4, 5, 7, 9)
  • Eric Clapton - Guitar (6)
  • Steve Winwood - Hammond Organ (9)
  • The PHOENIX HORNS (1, 4, 5, 10, 12)
  • Nathan East - Bass (1, 4)
  • Leland Sklar - Bass (2, 5, 7-12)
  • Pino Palladino - Bass (3, 6)
  • Don Myrick - Alto Sax (9)
  • David Crosby - Vocals (2, 7)
  • Stephen Bishop - Vocals (3)
  • Guys and Girls - Choir (6)
  • Alex Brown - Backing Vocals (1, 4, 8, 9)
  • Lynn Fiddmont - Backing Vocals (1, 4, 8, 9)
  • Marva King - Backing Vocals (1, 4, 8, 9)

    The PHOENIX HORNS are:

    Don Myrick - Saxophones,
    Louis Satterfield - Trombone,
    Harry Kim - Trumpet,
    Rhamlee Michael Davis - Trumpet

    Produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham.
    Engineered by Hugh Padgham.
    Assisted by Simon Osborne
    Mixed by Hugh Padgham and Phil Collins.
    Music Prepared by Maurice Spears
    Assistant Engineer in LA: Ed Goodreau
    Cover Photography: Trevor Key

    All Songs Written by Phil Collins
    Except
    *Written by Phil Collins and Daryl Stuermer
    and
    **Written by Phil Collins and Thomas Washington
    Published by 1989
    Philip COLLINS Ltd / HIT & RUN MUSIC (Publishing) Ltd
    Except
    * 1989 Philip COLLINS Ltd / STUERMER SOUND Inc / HIT & RUN MUSIC (Publishing) Ltd
    and
    ** 1989 Philip COLLINS Ltd / THESAURUS MUSIC Inc / HIT & RUN MUSIC (Publishing) Ltd

    Recorded at The FARM, Surrey, England
    and
    A & M STUDIOS, LA, USA

    Recorded Digitally except Bass and Drums
    All Horns Recorded in Real Time!
    Horns Arranged by
    Tom Tom '99

    Many Thanks To:

    Tony Smith, Carole Willis, Vicky Andrews and all at HIT And RUN MUSIC without whom, etc.
    Geoff Callingham, Steve Jones, Mike Bowen, Dale Newman, Geoff Banks and Howie a fearless crew
    Angela for feeding us
    Danny Gillen, friend and general good egg
    Chris Hollebone and Sony for the tape machine !
    Sue McGonigle, Lamont and Barbara Dozier
    All the crew at A & M STUDIOS
    Crosby ... we finally did it !
    Mr. Osborne for sterling work with the S1000
    All my friends at ATLANTIC, VIRGIN and WEA RECORDS and of course, love to my wife Jill, Lily, Simon and Joely, what would I do without you !



    1. Hang In Long Enough

      The signs are getting clearer, clearer than you need
      The writing's on the wall, for you to see

      You never thought you'd ever get the taste
      You never thought that it could be this good
      Just tell me what you want and I'll find the key
      Reach out and touch it's all yours.

      If you hang in long enough, you'll do it
      Just hang in long enough

      You're down on the ground, or so you say
      You'd sell the hole in your pocket, if you could find a way
      Don't ask me how I know, you don't wanna hear
      It's been a long hard road, and the end is getting near.

      You never thought you'd ever get the chance
      You never thought your break would come along
      If you tell me what you want, I'll find the key
      Just reach out and touch it's all yours

      If you hang in...

      They always say
      The best things in life are free
      But you want to have everything
      Well you're going to have to beg if you want it all.

      So hang in long enough, you'll do it
      Hang in long enough

      They'll let you out, then pull you in
      Playing hell with your emotions,
      You'll feel like giving in.

      So just hang in long enough ...

    2. That's Just The Way It Is

      All day long he was fighting for you
      And he didn't even know your name
      Young men come and young men go
      But life goes on just the same

      And I don't know why
      Why do we keep holding on
      I don't know why
      Pretending to be oh so strong
      Oh why
      Is there something I don't know
      Or something very wrong, with you and me
      or maybe

      That's the way it is, there's nothing I can do,
      That's just the way it is.

      They've been waiting for word to come down
      They've been waiting for you night and day
      They won't wait any longer for you
      It may already be too late

      And I don't know why...

      You see the dying, you feel the pain
      What have you got to say
      If we agree that we can disagree
      We could stop all of this today

      It's been your life for as long as you can remember
      But you cannot fight no more
      You must want to look your son in the eyes
      When he asks you what you did it for

      'Cos all day long he was fighting for you
      And he didn't even know your name
      Young men come and young men go
      But life goes on just the same

      I don't know why ...

    3. Do You Remember ?

      We never talked about it
      But I hear the blame was mine
      I'd call you up to say I'm sorry
      But I wouldn't want to waste your time

      'Cos I love you, but I can't take any more
      There's a look I can't describe in your eyes
      Yes we could try, like we tried before
      When you kept on telling me those lies

      Do you remember...?

      There seemed no way to make up
      'Cos it seemed your mind was set
      And the way you looked it told me
      It's a look I know I'll never forget

      You could've come over to my side
      You could've let me know
      You could've tried to see the difference between us
      But it seemed too far for you to go.

      Do you remember...?

      Through all of my life
      In spite of all the pain
      You know people are funny sometimes
      'cos they just can't wait
      To get hurt again

      Do you remember...?

      There are things we won't recall
      Feelings we'll never find
      It's taken so long to see it
      Cos we never seemed to have the time

      There was always something more important to do
      More important to say
      But "I love you" wasn't one of those things
      And now it's too late

      Do you remember ... ?

    4. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

      We had a life, we had a love,
      But you don't know what you've got 'til you lose it
      Well that was then and this is now
      And I want you back
      How many times do I have to say I'm sorry

      How can something so good go so bad
      How can something so right go so wrong
      I don't know, I don't have all the answers
      But I want you back
      How many times can I say I'm sorry

      You can run, and you can hide
      But I'm not leaving less you come with me
      We've had our problems but I'm on your side
      You're all I need, please believe in me

      I only wanted someone to love
      But something happened on the way to heaven
      It got a hold of me and wouldn't let go
      And I want you back
      How many times do I have to say I'm sorry

      You can run...

      They say you can't take it with you
      When you go
      And I believe it
      But taking what I've got or being
      here with you, you know
      I'd rather leave it

      You can run ...

    5. Colours

      Deep inside the border
      Children are crying
      Fighting for food
      Holding their heads
      Breaking their bread with a stone

      All along the roadside
      people are standing
      watching the sun
      shielding their eyes
      Brushing the flies from their face

      Tell me, what can you say
      Tell me, who do you blame
      Like a mirror you see yourself
      These people each have a name

      All around the township
      Young men are dying
      (of) hunger and thirst
      The well has run dry
      The tears from her eye feeds her son

      Tell me...

      You can say you're pulling back
      We see the pictures everywhere
      But what we don't see is what's
      Going on behind the closed doors
      And you don't seem to care

      Do you expect me to believe you
      How can you really think
      You can take your horse down to the water
      Hold a gun at his head
      And make him drink

      No matter what you say, it never gets any better
      No matter what you do, we never see any change

      People living without rights
      Without their dignity
      How loud does one man have to shout
      To earn his right to be free

      You can keep your toy soldiers
      To segregate the black and white
      But when the dust settles
      And the blood stops running
      How do you sleep at night?

      No matter what you say...

      What makes you so high and mighty
      What makes you so qualified
      You can sit there and say
      How many have their freedom
      But how many more have died

      You decide to sit in judgement
      Trying to play God yourself
      Someday soon the buck is gonna stop
      Stop with you and noone else

      No matter ...

    6. I Wish It Would Rain Down

      You know I never meant to see you again
      and I only passed by as a friend
      All this time I stayed out of sight
      I started wondering why

      Now I, I wish it would rain down, down on me
      Yes I wish it would rain, rain down on me now

      You said you didn't need me in your life
      I guess you were right
      Well I never meant to cause you no pain
      But it looks like I did it again

      Now I, I wish ....

      Though your hurt is gone, mines hanging on, inside
      And I know it's eating me through every night and day
      I'm just waiting on your sign

      'Cos I know, I know I never meant to cause you no pain
      And I realize I let you down
      But I know in my heart of heart of hearts
      I know I'm never gonna hold you again

      Now I ...

    7. Another Day In Paradise

      She calls out to the man on the street
      "Sir, can you help me?
      It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep,
      Is there somewhere you can tell me?"

      He walks on, doesn't look back
      He pretends he can't hear her
      Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
      Seems embarrassed to be there

      Oh think twice, it's another day for
      You and me in paradise
      Oh think twice, it's just another day for you,
      You and me in paradise

      She calls out to the man on the street
      He can see she's been crying
      She's got blisters on the soles of her feet
      Can't walk but she's trying

      Oh think twice...

      Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
      Oh lord, there must be something you can say

      You can tell from the lines on her face
      You can see that she's been there
      Probably been moved on from every place
      'Cos she didn't fit in there

      Oh think twice ...

    8. Heat On The Sheet

      You've gotta shout if you've got something to say
      I know it's getting bad, you read it every day
      And you, you can try your best ot fight it
      But you can't make it on your own

      Someone better tell the people up there
      I think they ought to know, the bubble's just about to bust
      Tell them they'd better beware
      The word is on the street, get up on your feet, and shout out

      The kids out there don't know how to react
      The streets are getting tough and that's a matter of fact
      and I, I can't take it any longer
      But we can't make it on our own

      The people there find it hard to relate
      They don't know how it feels to be standing there on your own
      Believe me, it's never too late
      It's time to make a move, get up on your feet and shout

      Stop, look down, everybody, do you see what's going on
      around you, stop...

      Shout out, shout it out, shout loud
      Shout out, shout it out, shout loud

      There are pepple who give and there are people who take
      But I believe it's gonna get better
      Realise what a difference you make
      And don't turn away, Hey! I'm talking to you!

      So there's only the one solution
      Stop and think what's going on
      You can draw your own conclusions
      But we won't make it on our own

      Someone better tell the people up there
      I think they ought to know
      The bubble's just about to burst
      Tell them they'd better beware
      The word is on the street
      Get up on your feet and shout

      Stop, look down, everybody
      Do you see what's going on
      Around you, stop ...

    9. All Of My Life

      All of my life, I've been searching
      For the words to say how I feel.
      I'd spend my time thinking too much
      And leave too little to say what I mean
      I've tried to understand the best I can
      All of my life.

      All of my life, I've been saying sorry
      For the things I know I should have done
      All the things I could have said come back to me
      Sometimes I wish that it had just begun
      Seems I'm always that little too late
      All of my life

      Set 'em up, I'll take a drink with you
      Pull up a chair, I think I'll stay
      Set 'em up, cos I'm going nowhere
      There's too much I need to remember, too much I need to say

      All of my life, I've been looking
      But it's hard to find the way
      Reaching past the goal in front of me
      While what's important just slips away
      It doesn't come back but I'll be looking
      All of my life

      Set 'em up...

      All of my life, there have been regrets
      That I didn't do all I could
      Making records upstairs, while he watched TV
      I didn't spend the time I should
      It's a memory I will live with
      All of my life.

    10. Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

      ( instrumental )

    11. Father To Son

      Somewhere down the road, you're gonna find a place
      It seems so far, but it never is
      You won't need to stay, but you might lose your strength
      on the way

      Sometimes you may feel you're the only one
      Cos all the things you thought were safe, now they're gone
      But you won't be alone, I'll be here to carry you along
      Watching you 'til all your work is done

      When you find your heart, you'd better run with it
      Cos when she comes along, she could be breaking it
      No there's nothing wrong, you're learning to be strong
      Don't look back
      She may soon be gone, no don't look back
      She's not the only one, remember that

      If your heart is beating fast, then you know she's right
      If you don't know what to say, well, that's all right
      You don't know what to do?
      Remember she is just as scared as you

      Don't be shy, even when it hurts to say
      Remember, you're gonna get hurt someday, anyway
      Then you must lift your head, keep it there
      Remember what I said
      I'll always be with you don't forget
      Just look over your shoulder I'll be there.

      If you look behind you, I will be there.

    12. Find A Way To My Heart

      Find a way to my heart, and I will always be with you
      From wherever you are, I'll be waiting
      I'll keep a place in my heart, you will see it shining through
      So find a way to my heart, and I will, I will follow you

      This journey's not easyfor you, I know
      If your footsteps get too faint to hear, I'll go
      Cos you know, questions are never that easy
      And never the same
      You have the answer believe me
      If you have the faith

      Find a way to my heart...

      Time may come, and time may go, I know
      If you should call out for me, I'll go
      But you know, there is a code to be broken
      I wrap it around
      Without a word being spoken
      Without a sound

      There's a reason I hide my heart
      Out of sight out of mind
      And when I find out just who you are
      The door will be open for you to..

      Find a way to my heart ...