In the Air Tonight-Is it about a friend who drowned? Jimmy Fallon gets to the truth!

Published On October 26, 2016 | By Kate Wright | Middays

Phil Collins is back! He appeared on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon last night and Jimmy finally got the truth on what “In the Air Tonight” is about. 

The rumour is, the song was written after a friend of his drowned and a person on shore could have saved him, but didn’t.

As Collins stated in a BBC interview:

“I was just fooling around. I got these chords that I liked, so I turned the mic on and started singing. The lyrics you hear are what I wrote spontaneously. That frightens me a bit, but I’m quite proud of the fact that I sing 99.9 percent of those lyrics spontaneously.” “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.”
Here is where the anger comes from. She cheates on him and he’s now out $46.68 million! It broke the British law record previously held by Paul McCartney at $45.37 million when he divorced Heather Mills. Yep, I’d write an angry song too. Thankfully it was a hit!

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