Song Lyric Sunday – March 15, 2020 – Against All Odds I’ve managed to find a song

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week, from his options of Give /Get /Take /Receive /Send I’ve chosen to link to the word TAKE.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

I imagine you’ve all heard of Phil Collins, the drummer, and backing vocals singer, for the rock band Genesis, who rather reluctantly took over as lead singer when Peter Gabriel left the band in August 1975.

The rest, as they say, is history. He had tremendous success as the lead singer, went on to have a very successful solo career, and also formed the Phil Collins Big Band. Despite his popular success he was often slated by the critics and even dubbed “The most hated man in rock” by the Daily Telegraph.

I guess he is, in British terms, a Marmite star. You either love him, or hate him. I happen to love him!

I am sharing with you the song Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) This version is linked to the film Against all Odds directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras and Jane Greer.

There is a second version below, performed at Live Aid in 1985. He had a rather hectic schedule that day, performing at both the London, and Philadelphia concerts!

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

How can I just let you walk away
Just let you leave without a trace?
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh ooh
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave?
‘Cause we’ve shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh, take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that’s what I’ve got to face

I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There’s so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

Now Take a look at me now
‘Cause that’s just an empty space
But to wait for you is all I can do
And that’s what I’ve got to face

Take a good look at me now
‘Cause I’ll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It’s the chance I’ve got to take
Take a look at me now

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Phillip David Charles Collins

Against All Odds lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Concord Music Publishing LLC

 

On 13th July 1985, Collins took part in the Live Aid concerts, a continuation of the fundraising effort started by Band Aid. Collins was the only performer to appear at the London concert at Wembley Stadium,  and the U.S. concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on the same day. After he performed “Against All Odds” and “In the Air Tonight” and sang alongside Sting, Collins travelled to Philadelphia via Concorde to perform his solo material, play drums for Clapton, and drum with Plant and Jimmy Page for a Led Zeppelin reunion.

Broadcast across the world via one of the largest satellite link-ups of all time, the concerts were seen by around 40% of the global population.

In this video you will see a rare bum note in his playing, and he was accused of not rehearsing properly for the American end of his busy day. I think he can be excused for that!

I hope you enjoy!