What Phil Collins thinks about after he realizes there are no worlds left to conquer.

This week in 1990, the number one song in all the land was “Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Collins. Now I am not going to pretend this is a favorite song of mine. And I am also pretty sure that this is a song that has RARELY prompted someone to grab a person they care about and ask them to listen to it (and then be disappointed by their reaction).

But it is totally a song you can imagine being on in the background where something that doesn’t have a lot of emotion tied to it happens. I don’t think many people tie major events in their lives to this song. Partly because I contend that most people don’t know what it is about just by listening, myself included.


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

Phil Collins – Another Day in Paradise – wut?

What the hell does that mean? Well at first I was being a smart ass and thought it was about a guy having an affair with a homeless woman, but after watching the video, I WAS KIND OF RIGHT!

Not the affair part, but the homeless part. And that is a problem, Phil Collins. If your song makes no sense until you spell it out in the video, you should have spelled it out in the damn song. And if any of you are going to tell me: “But Acadia, listen to the first two lines of the song!” Then I will reply: I do not pay attention to songs right at the beginning. That’s just how I do. Don’t listen-shame me. EDIT: Well now that I really listen it is more clear but that could be confirmation bias and not my poor attention span.

Anyway, I guess take a look and then feel shitty that his song did nothing to help the homeless. Ugh – this took a depressing turn. Nice going, Phil

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, ’cause it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

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
She can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice, ’cause 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, think about it

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
Cause she didn’t fit in there

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

It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
It’s just another day for you and me
It’s just another day for you and me
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
In paradise

Phil Collins – Bumming everyone out.