Phil COLLINS


Both Sides

(1993)



1. Both Sides Of The Story 6'43
(Phil Collins)
2. Can't Turn Back The Years 4'40
(Phil Collins)
3. Everyday 5'44
(Phil Collins)
4. I've Forgotten Everything 5'15
(Phil Collins)
5. We're Sons Of Our Fathers 6'25
(Phil Collins)
6. Can't Find My Way 5'09
(Phil Collins)
7. Survivors 6'05
(Phil Collins)
8. We Fly So Close 7'34
(Phil Collins)
9. There's A Place for Us 6'52
(Phil Collins)
10. We Wait And We Wonder 7'01
(Phil Collins)
11. Please Come Out Tonight 5'49
(Phil Collins)

Total Time: 67:17


All Instruments played by Phil Collins
Apart from the Drum Machine, everything was played live.

Written, Produced & Performed by Phil Collins
Engineered by Paul Gomersall
Assisted by Mark Robinson
Continuous surveillance by Geoff Callingham & Mike Bowen
Mastered by Bob Ludwig,
GATEAWAY STUDIOS, US
Cover Photography by Trevor Key
Line Artwork -
HILLS ARCHER INK

All Tracks Published by 1993 Philip COLLINS Ltd / HIT & RUN MUSIC (Publishing) Ltd

Recorded at home on 12 tk, (PC Engineering) with additional over dubs Recorded at The FARM, Surrey, England

Special Thanks To:

Steve Jones, Danny Gillen, Dale Newman, Annie C., Angela for feeding us, Mr Jelly & Mr Belly, Les & Peg, Winona Ryder, Witley Wines, Desiree Cousteau, Carol, Ron Bird, David & Jan Crosby - just for being great friends. And Home
... And of course Tony Smith, Carol & Vicky, Robin and all at HIT & RUN.
Jill, Lily, Simon and Joely, I love you
Finally a professional thank you to Gretsch, Sabian, PROMARK, E-MU, NOBLE & COOLEY, KORG, REMO, BEYER, NORTH STAR and SONIC SOLUTIONS



1. Both Sides Of The Story

'Though we might hate to admit it, there are always two sides to every story ...'
    Find yourself in the gutter in a lonely part of town
    where death waits in the darkness with a weapon to cut some stranger down
    sleeping with an empty bottle, he's a sad and an empty hearted man
    all he needs is a job, and a little respect, so he can get out while he can

    We always need to hear both sides of the story

    A neighbourhood peace is shattered it's the middle of the night
    young faces hide in the shadows,
    while they watch their mother and father fight
    he says she's been unfaithful, she says her love for him has gone
    and the brother shrugs to his sister and says
    "looks like it's just us from now on"

    We always need to hear both sides of the story

    And the lights are all on, the world is watching now
    people looking for truth, we must not fail them now
    be sure, before we close our eyes
    don't walk away from here
    'til you hear both sides

    Here we are all gathered in what seems to be the centre of the storm
    neighbours once friendly now stand each side of the line that has been drawn
    they've been fighting here for years, but now there's killing on the streets
    while small coffins are lined up sadly, now united in defeat

    We always need to hear both sides of the story

    And the lights are all on, the world is watching now
    people looking for truth, we must not fail them now
    be sure, before we close our eyes
    don't walk away from here
    'til you see both sides

    White man turns the corner, finds himself within a different world
    ghetto kid grabs his shoulder, throws him up against the wall
    he says "would you respect me if I didn't have this gun
    'cos without it, I don't get it, and that's why I carry one"

    We always need to hear both sides of the story

2. Can't Turn Back The Years

'No matter how much you think you want or need it, the past has to remain just that, the past ...'
    Could've given you everything that you need
    but I cannot turn back the years
    The perfect love was all you wanted from me
    but I cannot turn back the years

    So we have to be strong, and I'm finding that hard
    we have to move on, but no matter how hard I try
    if your heart's in pieces, you look for the truth
    and when I look deep down inside I know, it's too bad I love you

    Sometimes. hits me in the morning, hits me at night
    that I cannot turn back the years
    so I look out my window, turn off my light
    but I cannot turn back the years

    Can't make it seem easy, when you're all that I see
    can't live in a dream and I won't serenade the truth
    people are hurting and they're looking to me
    and I look at you there's nothing more to say, it's too bad I love you

    But I'm never gonna give it up

    All that I lived for, all that I dreamed
    but I cannot turn back the years
    You're the water i drink, you're the air that I breathe
    but i cannot turn back the years

    So we have to be strong, and I'm finding that hard
    we have to move on, but no matter how hard I try
    if your heart's in pieces, you look for the truth
    and when I look deep down inside I know, it's too bad I love you

    But I'm never gonna give it up

3. Everyday

'Love can make you do things you never dreamed possible ...'
    I got lost, couldn't find my way
    and I guess there's nothing more to say
    love can make you blind, make you act so strange
    but I'm here and here I will stay

    So everyday I cry
    yes everyday I fall
    do you ever wonder why, why I love everything about you

    But everyday I say I'll try to make my heart be still
    'til then every way there is to cry, ourselves to sleep we will

    It picked me up, knocked me off my feet
    I've got no way to explain
    still I love you, love you, love you but this fire inside
    will never see the light of day

    So everyday goes by
    and everyday I fall
    it makes me wonder why,
    my life's worth nothing without you

    But everyday I say I'll try
    to make my heart be still
    'cos every way there is to cry,
    ourselves to sleep, we will

    You'll never know, no, no, no ,no ,no
    you'll never know just how close we were
    you'll never know, no, no, no ,no ,no
    you'll never know
    no you'll never see

    The book closes and we try to forget
    but I know that things won't change
    how we feel, how life goes on
    and that seems so strange

    And so the light fades away
    try, try, try as I may
    I can't stop thinking about you
    it seems my life's worth nothing without you

    But everyday I say I'll try
    to make my heart be still
    'til then every way there is to cry,
    ourselves to sleep, we will

    Everyday, everyday you know I try so hard
    everyday, everyday it gets a little harder

4. I've Forgotten Everything

'... I get along without you very well' ( Hoagy Carmichael. 1939 )
    I've forgotten everything about you
    'til someone says your name
    I've forgotten all the reasons I loved you
    'til someone tells me that you rang

    The memories are hazy now
    I don't recall at all
    there's nothing, there's nothing there
    just me
    and I don't understand why

    I can't recollect my feelings
    'til someone mentions that they saw you
    I really don't remember all the things you said
    'til someone shows me where you live

    Why is everything so hazy now
    I don't recall at all
    there's nothing, there's nothing there
    just me
    and I don't understand why

    I can't recall your smile
    the touch of your hand holding mine
    and I can't remember why
    holding you seemed so right

    The memories they're hazy now
    I don't recall at all
    there's nothing, there's nothing there
    just me
    and I don't understand why

    I've forgotten everything about you
    'til someone says your name
    I've forgotten all the reasons I loved you
    'til someone tells me that you rang

5. We're Sons Of Our Fathers

'It seems that family values have changed since I was a kid, at least I remember it that way ...'
    When I grow up to be a man
    like my father was when I was young
    I hope i can make him so proud of me
    Proud enough to call me his son

    What makes these people so different now
    what makes these times so strange?
    seems most people got most everything they need
    how come we see this change

    Our sons and daughters seem to be beyond our control
    their smile is fading fast, they're losing their soul
    when will we ever learn, yet I'm a believer

    When I was a boy, did we have more respect?
    this world seemed a nicer place to be
    but time slowly passes and one day you look around
    you hardly recognise what you see

    Our sons and daughters seem to be beyond our control
    their smile is fading fast, they're losing their soul
    now when will we ever learn, yet I'm a believer

    They're beyond our control

    We're all sons of our fathers
    sometimes I feel like mine
    and I can hear him say, the things I say
    seems all things come around in time

    Why these things happen we'll never know
    guess that was then and this is now
    we always knew that change was gonna come
    but I want to go back, please tell me how

    Our sons and daughters seem to be beyond our control
    their smile is fading fast, they're losing their soul
    when will we ever learn, yet I'm a believer

6. Can't Find My Way

'... To try to do the right thing...always the right thing.'
    I've been doing some thinking, here on my own
    it's been on my mind
    this debt I owe to you
    I have to repay in kind

    But I can't find my way

    Tired and weary, I follow the path
    that leads to your door
    but it occurred to me, all that I have
    is already yours

    But I can't find my way

    Oh, just to sit a while
    Oh, just to sit and watch you smile

    But I can't find my way

    Keep the faith you say
    to keep the faith I pray
    be strong you say
    just follow the light

    Wheels keep turning but the close I get
    the farther I seem
    peace will only come
    finding the peace within

    But I can't find my way

7. Survivors

'... I never meant to break your heart, please forgive me.'
    No I never meant to hold you back
    I never meant to turn away
    please forgive me

    I never meant to break your heart
    I'd give my last breath before I do
    please forgive me

    No I never meant to hold you down
    I never meant to break your heart
    somehow, somehow
    we are survivors

    No I never meant to hold you back
    I never meant to turn away
    here we are standing here
    survivors in the night

    No I never meant to break your heart
    I'll always be here for you
    here's my word, take my hand
    survivors in the night

    No I never meant to let you down
    I'd give my last breath before I do
    all I ever wanted was to be right here
    survivors in the night

    When all is said and done
    we'll find a way
    to put all this behind us
    we'll find some way
    'cos you know that I won't be leaving
    yes I'm here and i won't be leaving

    No I never meant to cause you pain
    no I never meant to hurt you
    all I want to do now, is to try my best
    survivors in the night

    When all is said and done
    we'll find someday
    we can forget all this
    somehow, some way

    And as long as I'm here
    there'll be no worries any more
    and all these promises I'm making now
    I'll hold each day

    So don't ever. don't ever, don't forget
    that I never, never meant to break your heart
    all I ever wanted was to stand beside you
    survivors in the night

    We are survivors in the night

8. We Fly So Close

'We never realise just how close we come to disaster whether in love or everyday life ...'
    My harbour lights are fading fast
    soon they'll disappear
    alone I sit in darkness
    hoping someone might come near
    though I wait, though I try
    no one ever comes
    and the feeling that I have flood over me
    the river starts to run

    We fly so close
    we fly so close
    sometimes we fly too close

    Every place you run to, everywhere you turn
    there are places that you know you should not go
    but some bridges just won't burn
    all my life, though I try
    I cannot change the past
    and the ghosts that come back to haunt you
    make you realise at last

    We fly so close
    we fly so close
    sometimes we fly too close
    we fly too close

    My heart is racing much faster now
    life passes before my eyes
    something's I see, they make me smile
    something's they make me cry
    so I look, so I try to find
    a lesson I can learn
    the passing of time hasn't changed my mind
    and the ghosts I know return

    You know we fly so close
    we fly so close
    sometimes we fly too close
    we fly too close

    We fly so close, you and I sometimes
    sometimes we fly so close,
    we'll never know how many times
    we fly so close
    we fly so close

9. There's A Place for Us

'... There's a place for us, somewhere a time and a place.'
    So here we are together
    just you and me
    sitting side by side
    don't know why
    with time just racing by
    but I don't want to go

    Well I don't know much about it
    'cos all I am is what you see
    in front of you
    there's no more
    feels so close and yet so far
    but I don't want to go

    Here I am, take my hand
    here I am, please take my hand

    I'd like to sit here with you if that's alright
    if you don't mind I could sit and stare all night
    sit here waiting for you to hold me tight

    It's sad but I know it's true
    you see I know you well
    you'd only laugh at me
    and that would hurt me so
    just look at me here
    you've got me pleading with you
    but i don't want to go

    'Cos you know that I love you so
    yes you know that I love you so

    Here. I will be here love
    for you love, I will always be here love

    If you look real close
    you'll see my heart is on my sleeve
    and it'll be here waiting
    waiting for you, waiting for me
    someone once said that if you truly, truly believe
    you can make things happen
    make things appear to be all that they seem
    tell me do you believe?

    We'll find a hideaway
    together we'll find a way
    somewhere, somehow, we'll find some way
    there must be somewhere
    there must be someplace
    we can find somewhere
    where they don't know my face
    believe me we can find it
    yes we can find it
    somewhere, there's a place for us
    somewhere, a time and a place for us
    somewhere

10. We Wait And We Wonder

'To the outsider it seems that we in Britain live daily under the cloud of terrorism. That familiarity
sometimes makes you think of it as almost normal, then suddenly something will happen ...'
    We stand, hang our heads disbelieving
    then not knowing how could such a thing be wrong
    we wonder just what they must be thinking
    to take a life of one so young

    So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
    how far must we go, to prove to you?

    We wait and we wonder how this happened
    killing the old, the innocent, the young
    while sons follow in fathers footsteps not understanding
    that what they do could somehow be so wrong

    So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
    how far must we go, to prove to you?

    So we will wait and we'll wonder

    No regrets, no forgiveness, no compasssion
    these brave heroes only know to hit and run
    slowly my sadness turns to rage and we wonder
    how can these scars ever heal, when all is said and done

    So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
    how many tears must fall to prove to you?
    please tell me, when will it be over now, how soon?
    and how far must they go, to prove to you?

    So we wait and we wonder

11. Please Come Out Tonight

'... When all is said and done, there's just you and me.'
    Please come out tonight I need you here
    its been a long, long time and I can't wait
    let's find out, let's see what it's like out there
    if it rains we'll find somewhere, somewhere dry and warm

    You'll say "my, it's been a long, long time"
    I'll say "how are you? I've been fine"

    Please come out tonight, let's go out and see the world
    we can try to find, find somewhere
    it seems so long ago, I can hardly remember the time
    it's all I want, it's all I want, so let's see what we find

    You'll say "there's so much you need to know"
    I'll say "are you really sure you have to go?"

    We don't need a reason, no explainations
    just stay with me here, tonight
    I won't say a word
    I just need you here

    Please come out tonight, let's go out and find ourselves
    you can lean your head on my shoulder, remember?

    You'll say "My, is that the time?"
    I'll say "why not stay with me tonight?"

    We don't need a reason
    it's so warm inside
    there's no one between us
    if someone comes we can hide
    just lay here beside me
    just see what it's like

    Please come out tonight