"Misunderstanding" as written by and Phil Collins....
There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake
I waited in the rain for hours
And you were late
Now it's not like me to say the right thing
But you could've called to let me know
I checked your number twice, don't understand it
So I went home
Well I'd been waiting for this weekend
I thought that maybe we could see a show
Never dreamed I'd have this feeling
Oh but seeing you is believing
That's why I don't know why
You didn't show up that night
There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake
I was waiting in the rain for hours
And you were late
Since then I've been running around trying to find you
I went to the places that we always go
I rang your home but got no answer
Jumped in my car, I went round there
Still don't believe it
He was just leaving
There must be some misunderstanding
There must be some kind of mistake


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"Misunderstanding" as written by Phil Collins

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  • +2
    General CommentHe could have just checked her Facebook status... Oh, that's right, Zuckerberg wasn't alive back then.
    jedicharleson February 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about being stood up for a date. I think its sung in a chronological order. The first verse is initial feeling: 'Maybe she's just running late'

    Then "But you could've called to let me know
    I checked your number twice, don't understand it
    So I went home" Is the point where he realizes that the girl isnt going to show up.

    Most Obviously however: "That's why I don't know why
    You didn't show up that night"
    M3on October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis an awesome 80's song with a kind of doo-wop sound. Obviously the song's about the heartbreak and pain some experiences when the person they love and they think they love in return goes out and cheats on him/her.
    ckm4everon June 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout facing the truth.
    when love is gone..
    naivadaon June 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSometimes, even when you can see the evidence right before your eyes, you can still find a way to deny it's over.

    There must be some misunderstanding - because I can't really be seeing her standing me up, cheating on me, and preparing to leave...
    TheMonolithon July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm happy for you and sad for me. Didn't know I had so many tears in this body. Hoping this is making you happy so this pain will be worth it. So strange not having you even with the limits. Of course wishiing the last year could have worked out the way we hoped. I also wish I could sleep, day 3 with 2 hour or less. A billion million kisses would not have been enough. As always I pray for the very best of everything for you. And, YES, I love you, then, now and always.
    1001SEANYon October 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously about a guy whose relationship is over, but he's in denial for a while. At first I don't think he knew that it was over but in the end he drives by her house and realizes there is someone else now.
    wildside76on October 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I hear the song and read the lyrics, I'm not so sure there ever was a relationship. Kind of sounds like the singer had a crush on a woman that he had regular contact with (maybe they ran into each other quite a bit, lived in the same neighborhood, etc.). Over time he built up a relationship in his mind. At some point he worked up the nerve to ask her out and she said yes to be nice or to get rid of him. She really wasn't in to him and may have even been creeped out a bit. At that point he continues to stalk her.
    Derfon February 02, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDidn't you notice that near the end the lyrics say:

    Still don't believe it
    He was just leaving

    I think this song is about attraction between a guy and another guy (he and not she was leaving), but now one of them thinks there must have been a misunderstanding...
    miketorelloon May 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery time I hear it I get the impression that it is a song told from a stalker's perspective. If not a stalker then from the perspective of a person infatuated with the other one.
    Chungaon March 26, 2016   Link

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