"Don't Lose My Number" as written by and Phil Collins....
They came at night leaving fear behind
Shadows were on the ground
Nobody knew where to find him
No evidence was found
'I'm never coming back'
They heard him cry
And I believe him
Well he never meant to do anything wrong
It's gonna get worse if he waits too long

Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere
That I can find you
Oh now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cause you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh no

Searching through the day and into the night
They wouldn't stop till they found him
They didn't know him and they didn't understand
They never asked him why
'Get out of my way'
They heard him shout
Then a blinding light
Ooh all I could see was him running down the street
Out of the shadows and into the night

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh

Don't give up
Keep running, keep hiding
Don't give up
Billy, if you know you're right
Don't give up
You know that I am on your side
Don't give up
Oh Billy, you better, you better, you better run for your life

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh

They came at night leaving fear behind
Shadows were on the ground
Nobody knew where to find him
No evidence was found
'I'm never coming back'
They heard him cry
And I believe him
He never meant to do anything wrong
It's gonna get worse if he waits too long

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
'Cause you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Don't Lose My Number" as written by Phillip David Charles Collins

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Peermusic Publishing

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  • +1
    General CommentExcept of course the fact that that particular 'billie' was a woman. To me, its the classic, wrong place wrong time story.
    traviswrdunbaron January 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song describes an outcast ("they didn't know him"), well-meaning ("He never meant to do anything wrong") character probably being wrongly ("You know that I am on your side") accused by the society for an act they consider "wrong." This has been going on for a while ("It's gonna get worse if he waits too long"), and in all likelihood it's going to end badly for him ("Oh Billy, you better, you better, you better run for your life"). It is probably about a crime for which he's the primary suspect, and he flees jurisdiction the night the cops came to take him into custody. I haven't seen the video.
    Korollaryon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHm, never thought about it in that way. It seems like a close friend is trying to bring a young boy, going astray, back to reality or to doing right. And the older friend says "don't lose my number" to let the boy know that, even if he does wrong, he's there for him to call on.
    LeArtiston March 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt makes me think of a young boy being kidnapped
    Boonechic_21on April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always think of the movie The Legend of Billie Jean. To me it fits perfectly.
    LoriGon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know this may not be what the song was intended to be about, but to me this song always seemed what Faber would have said to Montag in Fahrenheit 451.
    Abq_physon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to the notes and back cover of the album "No Jacket Required," on which this was originally released, the song is actually called "Don't Lose My Number." That's okay though, because "Billy Don't Lose My Number" is probably a better title, the one that most people would think of. It's interesting that he omits the character name in the title.
    stoolhardyon April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell despite that, the title is changed to its correct self. Anyhoo, great song - one of the best of the album. Although the video doesn't explain that much I'm inclined to do with the billy the kid ideal!
    K-nuxXxon November 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this today in a cookware store and couldn't hear the words very well, so I thought he was telling a woman not to loose his number because she was his everything. Either way, it's a great song. I Love Phil Collins.
    Always-Sweeter67on January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds simply like a mother dealing with a teen running away from home. It is a common theme in Genesis and Collins music.
    RandomPersonYouAreReadingon July 31, 2009   Link

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