random thoughts about songs – Phil Collins

Posted: December 26, 2011 in Music, review

In the song “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven” by Phil Collins, there’s a line that says:

“I don’t know; I don’t have all the answers.”

I heard the song not too long ago, and I’ve thought of that line several times recently when I’ve been tempted to fret over something that’s out of my control. I find just thinking of those words freeing; I feel like the singer is saying he’s not holding himself to that impossible standard of understanding everything that’s going on in his life. At the same time, the way Phil sings that line – in my mind anyway – it sounds optimistic, as if he’s responding to someone who’s trying to bring him down (you know, like those fretting voices in your head) by admitting his shortcoming, but not being held back by it.

Great job, Phil!


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