TotW 11/10/2018 - 11/16/2018: PHIL COLLINS - Take Me Home

  • What do you think about "Take Me Home"? 15

    1. 15 points - outstanding! (10) 67%
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    PHIL COLLINS - Take Me Home

    Year: 1985

    Album: No Jacket Required [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Collins

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 05:53

    Musicians: Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer, Sting, Peter Gabriel

    Played Live: 1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: There is hardly a song Phil Collins has played more often than Take Me Home. Since its release in 1985 it has been played as the closing song at almost all of Collins's live shows. Genesis fans may be interested to know that the backing vocals were sung by Peter Gabriel.



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    ...cried a voice in the crowd.


  • A 13, one of Phil's best, enhanced by a good video, itself enhanced by him using an example of my dad's first car, a 100E Ford.

    Ian


    There is a church bell

    That rings on the hour

    Filling the streets

    Stopping the world awhile

  • One of my absolute favourites, aided by the wonderful video showing Phil at a host of familiar landmarks (including Sydney Harbour). I can't get enough of it. After ITAT this is the song I'm most looking forward to hearing next January. Outstanding.

  • This would generally be considered the best song on NO JACKET REQUIRED (although I personally rate "We Said Hello Goodbye" a little higher).


    Definitely a great song, but not perfect. To me, the line "I've been a prisoner all my life" sounds like it should be the first line of a short section (maybe just 4 lines long) that would be the emotional high point of the song. Instead, it just leads to the line "and I can see you," which sounds really anticlimactic to me.

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    Genesis fans may be interested to know that the backing vocals were sung by Peter Gabriel.

    The full credit for backing vocals lists Peter Gabriel, Sting, Helen Terry & Phil.

    Monsieur Neddy wears spectacles in bed, that he may see dreams more clearly.

    -- "Dream Gerrard," Traffic

  • Great song, definitely one of his best on a, for me, cringeworthy album that perfectly embodies everything I hated in music in the second half of the 80s.

    Edited once, last by Fabrizio ().

  • This is one of my favourite songs by Phil. I like the fact that the lyrics are a bit enigmatic and open to interpretation. My interpretation is that it might be from the perspective of someone with dementia in a long-term care facility. Many people with dementia don't have a memory and understanding of their current circumstances. They feel confused about why they are being kept in an unfamiliar place and simply want to go home. They often believe they are in an earlier period of their lives, when their spouse was alive, when they were still working (hence the discontinuity between verse 3 and the earlier verses).


    Musically, I love the drone and repetitive rhythm mixed with some simple chords.

  • This would generally be considered the best song on NO JACKET REQUIRED (although I personally rate "We Said Hello Goodbye" a little higher).


    Definitely a great song, but not perfect. To me, the line "I've been a prisoner all my life" sounds like it should be the first line of a short section (maybe just 4 lines long) that would be the emotional high point of the song. Instead, it just leads to the line "and I can see you," which sounds really anticlimactic to me.

    The full credit for backing vocals lists Peter Gabriel, Sting, Helen Terry & Phil.

    It's 'and I can say to you'.


    http://www.metrolyrics.com/tak…-lyrics-phil-collins.html


    However I do agree that the line is unsatisfactory. Say what to you?

  • It's 'and I can say to you'.


    However I do agree that the line is unsatisfactory. Say what to you?

    Dang, yet another thing I've always heard wrong. I'll have to listen again.


    "Say what to you?" I guess the answer to that would be "take me home"!

    Monsieur Neddy wears spectacles in bed, that he may see dreams more clearly.

    -- "Dream Gerrard," Traffic

  • A brilliant song - one of my fave's by Phil. Phil himself said in recent youtube interview with an Australian tv show that Take Me Home & Can't Turn Back The Years were his own personal favourite songs..





    I struggle to hear Sting and Peter Gabriel on the backing vocal. Can anyone separate the vocal track in the mix to isolate the vocals more clearly?


    This is not a criticism, but the song has always reminded me of a jazzed up take on Peter Gabriel's 'Lead A Normal Life' off Gabriel IV

    "She looks at me and gently smiles, as if she knew I'd ask her all the time..."

  • At one point I was convinced I could hear Peter Gabriel clearly on the background vocals of TMH. But now I cant. I'd also love to hear those channels isolated. If only we could get a 5.1 mix of the Phil albums. Paging Nick Davis!

  • The production of this song was incredible. My favorite song of No Jacket Required and the best song in the album (with We Said Hello Goodbye). The beat was incredible, the chorus very incredible, the vibe very haunting, the harmony of Sting and Peter Gabriel very fit in the chorus. A excellent song and her best single in the album.