Earlier in 1981 on February 1st the song peaked at #2 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Woman" by John Lennon...

A classic example of this style is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" about a suicidal homosexual. Sometimes in songwriting, the artist can use the perspective of a person they know, and I think in this song he is writing about the man who his wife cheated with.

Basically the man has been waiting for Phil's wife to leave him, and if he saw Phil drowning he wouldn't lend a hand.

This song utilizes a drum machine and vocoder, mellow synth pads and bold drum rolls, all traits of Oldfield's music.

Just as his ex-band members and ex-wife have said about his inconsistent claims, the proof lay in the song itself. Collins released this song three months later, in Jan 1981.

After reading many comments on the songs meaning, as a songwriter, I can tell you the majority of songwriters are just happy to find a great riff and melody for a song, and finish it.

Any claims about lyrics meaning this or that, is usually nonsense.

They may even believe I'm an advocate for world peace and unity, when in actual fact, I just want your money.

In almost any situation, people will take every opportunity that propels them to an advantage. Contrary to what is printed about this song and it's origins, it was inspired by Mike Oldfield and Collin's time working with him on his QE2 album.

This happened to be my Divorce Song and if I could the one thing I've been waiting for all my life is the Bastard to Die.