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The Story Behind "In the Air Tonight"

October 28, 2016

 

Phil Collins spoke with The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in October and told him the real story behind his hit "In the Air Tonight".

 

"That will outlive me" Collins said about one of his most famous songs.

 

Fallon asked Collins if this song was written about witnessing a man drown and Collins responded with "unfortunately none of it is true."

 

Collins instead tells the true story of how he wrote the song about the range of emotions he was feeling while going through his divorce.

 

"In the Air Tonight" is one of the hits on Colins' box set "The Singles" released this past summer.

 

Watch the full clip from The Tonight Show below:

 

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