"That's All" as written by and Michael/collins Rutherford....
Just as I thought it was going alright
I find out I'm wrong, when I thought I was right
S'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all
I could say day, you'd say night
Tell it's black when I know that it's white
S'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all

I could leave but I won't go
Though my heart might tell me so
I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes
So why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
S'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all

Turning me on, turning me off
Making me feel like I want too much
Living with you's just putting me through it all of the time
Running around, staying out all night
Taking it all instead of taking one bite
Living with you's just putting me through it all of the time

I could leave but I won't go
It'd be easier I know
I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes
But why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
S'always the same, just a shame, that's all

Truth is I love you
More than I wanted to
There's no point in trying to pretend
There's been no-one who
Makes me feel like you do
Say we'll be together til the end

I could leave but I won't go
It'd be easier I know
I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes
But why does it always seem to be
Me looking at you, you looking at me
S'always the same, just a shame, that's all

Just as I thought it was going alright
I find out I'm wrong when I thought I was right
S'always the same, just a shame, that's all
I could say day, you'd say night
Tell me it's black when I know that it's white
S'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all

That's all


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"That's All" as written by Michael Rutherford Anthony Banks

Lyrics © IMAGEM U.S. LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

That's All song meanings
Add your thoughts

18 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentAbout a week ago I heard some of this song on the radio and HAD to find it.

    I might interpret this different than other people, but it reminds me of a guy that I know. He was all over me for a long time, but I turned him down. Now I'm like him, and somewhere hope he's not over me just yet.

    "Just as I thought it was going alright
    I find out I'm wrong, when I thought I was right
    s'always the same, it's just a shame, that's all"

    ^This part is sort of skipping to the end of the story that he's telling, so I'll get back to it.

    "I could say day, and you'd say night
    tell it's black when I know that it's white
    always the same, it's just a shame, that's all"

    This is like my guyfriend and I, we disagree on SO MUCH, and we bicker (often in a fun way.) However sometimes it's too much which is "just a shame."

    "I could leave but I won't go
    though my heart might tell me so
    I can't feel a thing from my head down to my toes"

    ^Despite the fighting, I still want the guy. Could give up on him liking me back, but I won't.

    "but why does it always seem to be
    me looking at you, you looking at me
    it's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all"

    ^This is one of my favorite parts. I see it like I'm telling off the other person, "you're looking at me too, you just won't admit it."

    At the same in those lines I'm trying to figure out why we're both are attracted to each other if we don't get along.

    "Turning me on, turning me off,"

    ^Sometimes I can hardly keep myself from jumping him, others I almost hate him for things he does.

    "making me feel like I want too much
    living with you's just putting me through it all of the time"

    ^ He's sort of teasing me, and he makes me feel like I want to much. As if I'm the only one who wants a real relationship.

    "Running around, staying out all night
    taking it all instead of taking one bite
    living with you's just putting me through it all of the time"

    ^Going to the extremes and trying to take it to fast. Being around this guy always makes me do stuff like that.

    "Truth is I love you
    more than I wanted to"

    ^This part completely won the song over for me. Those two lines fit so perfectly that it makes me want to cry or die or something! The song's sort of fun and angry, and then -boom- these lines are INTENSE.

    "there's no point in trying to pretend
    there's been no-one who
    makes me feel like you do
    say we'll be together till the end"

    ^Why pretend, we're meant to be together, despite everything that wants to stop us.

    "But just as I thought it was going alright
    I find out I'm wrong when I thought I was right"

    ^ This is the part in the song were the song starts out, before it goes back to the beginning.
    Things were almost seeming like they were going to work out, but it turns out I really am the only one looking for a real relationship. I thought there was a chance, but it's as if he doesn't even want anything with me anymore.

    "it's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all"

    ^ I'll always feel this way for him. It's gone away for times, but it always comes back. Just a shame because there's nothing I can do to change his mind.

    "Well I could say day, and you'd say night
    tell me it's black when I know that it's white
    it's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all"

    ^Going back to talking about the differences and what a shame it is.

    Okay, so not that anyone cared to read all that, and probably no one will. Anyway, if you made it all the way through, that's my interpretation of this song.

    Yeah this is one seriously great song.
    brown sugar pleaseon June 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a guy and his girlfriend arguing about the smallest things. His heart wants out of the relationship, but he doesn't, so he tries to tough it out. I'm only a teen, but I THINK THIS SONG IS AWESOME!!!! "I could say, and you'd say night. Tell me it's black when I know that it's white. It's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all. That's all..."
    ckm4everon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto quoye the man himself 'its a song about living with someone that turns out to be a pain in the arse' - think most of us can relate to that which is why its so good.
    parberooon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh man, this is one of Genesis' best. I like the video and how they're dressed in rags playin' in the ally. But I haven't seen it in ages! There needs to be an 80's video station or marathon or somethin...but, oh yeah, I don't have cable. Anyway, one word............classic.
    LeArtiston March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont' have cable either...but when I get digital, they MUST have a Genesis/Phil Collins marathon!!!
    ckm4everon April 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song.
    WerdzHertzon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the few songs where I don't mind Phil Collins voice.
    Fluffyinsanityon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI found a website where you can watch some of their videos: youtube.com/….
    Also, do you think it could possibly be about him loving her & not that his heart wants out really, but his logic/head tells him maybe it's not the healthiest or best situation but despite their arguing all the time he loves her too much to leave, despite perhaps knowing it's the smart thing to do?
    Lis517on September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLis517 I totally agree with you. This song, to me, is definitely about a bittersweet relationship. They fight. They seem to pick at each other. But, they love each other very much. "But I love you
    more than I wanted to
    there's no point in trying to pretend
    there's been no-one who
    makes me feel like you do
    say we'll be together til the end"

    So even though they are torn up by disagreement at points that may be frequent, they also are wild about each other. I mean that paragraph is pretty strong.

    This relationship that they share must be a very PASSIONATE one.
    rubyangel9on May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentliving with someone can be quite cumbersome if you're not wholly right for each other. even if there's passion or fire there, that doesn't make it right, i like to think this song is about just dealing with that part of life that most people have to, where you know it might not be the best move, but you stick with it and just complain under your breath, "it's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all." at some point most of us were or are waiting for that "good thing" out there, but we deal with what we've got because it's there, and if you're lonely that's enough for you.
    wesitronon May 26, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain