Meaning of “One More Night” by Phil Collins

Meaning of the song One More Night by Phil Collins.

Meaning of the song One More Night by Phil Collins.

What is the meaning of the song One More Night by Phil Collins?

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One More Night is a song by English singer and songwriter Phil Collins from his Diamond-certified third solo album No Jacket Required. The song is basically about is clearly about a man pleading with his lover to give him one more chance (in this case ‘one more night’) so he can let her know how much he truly loves her. While some Phil Collins fans suspect the song is biographical, it has never been established whether this is true or false. Since Collins himself has never talked publicly about that aspect of the song, we might never know whether the lyrics of the song are simply a work of fiction or they are inspired by one of Collins’ past relationships such as that of the legendary In the Air Tonight.

Facts about One More Night

  • Collins wrote both the music and lyrics of One More Night.
  • According to Collins, he started writing the song using a drum machine. Speaking to Playboy magazine, Collins said he was playing around with his drum machine when he first got the inspiration for the song and subsequently came up with the song’s chorus. According to Collins, once he started writing process the song, it didn’t take him very long to complete it.
  • Unlike most famous pop and rock songs, this song comes with no hook.
  • Having peaked at the number one position in a number of countries, including the United States, One More Night is one of Collins’ most successful singles of his solo career.
  • The song was produced by Collins and Hugh Padgham.
  • It was officially released in the United States on 30 November, 1984 and in the United Kingdom on 1 April, 1985.
  • Because of how famous and successful One More Night became, the song is always included in Collins’ concert playlists.
  • The pub, in which Collins was playing the piano in the song’s music video, is owned by British billionaire businessman Richard Branson.
  • The song was used in the 1986 American drama film The Color of Money starring such actors as Tom Cruise and Paul Newman.
  • The famous saxophone solo at the end of the song was played by renowned saxophonist Don Myrick, who went on to appear in the song’s music video, where he performed the legendary sax solo.

7 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I don’t think it’s about a man pleading with his lover to give him one more chance. I think it’s about a guy who is in love with a woman who does not love him back. The “one more night” is referring to giving him one more night to get up the nerve to tell her how he feels. The “I can’t wait forever” is him saying that, eventually he will stop waiting and tell her. “I know there’ll never be a time you’ll ever feel the same” – the man admits that he knows she probably will never love him the way he loves her, but he still holds out hope that she may someday change her mind, and he’ll be there still if she does.

  2. Pamela says:

    Thank you.

  3. SoTrae1 says:

    Yes…. I believe the same…unrequited

  4. Anonymous says:

    Guys the whole song is gay, Phil is asking the other dude to stay.

  5. Andrew says:

    I think it’s about a woman he loves who also loves him too but won’t commit and he’s been waiting so long suffering and can’t wait forever so he will just take one more night and move on. He’ll be there if she changes her mind.

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