"Separate Lives" as written by and Stephen Bishop....
You called me from the room in your hotel
All full of romance for someone that you met
And telling me how sorry you were, leaving so soon
And that you miss me sometimes when you're alone in your room
Do I feel lonely too?

You have no right to ask me how I feel
You have no right to speak to me so kind
We can't go on just holding on to time
Now that we're living separate lives

Well I held on to let you go
And if you lost your love for me, well you never let it show
There was no way to compromise
So now we're living (living)
Separate lives

Ooh, it's so typical, love leads to isolation
So you build that wall (build that wall)
Yes, you build that wall (build that wall)
And you make it stronger

Well you have no right to ask me how I feel
You have no right to speak to me so kind
Some day I might (I might) find myself looking in your eyes
But for now, we'll go on living separate lives
Yes for now, we'll go on living separate lives
Separate lives



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"Separate Lives" as written by Stephen Bishop

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    General CommentOkay, I am not sure if no one is commenting because the lyrics say it all, or because they have never heard this song.

    Anyway, I have talked to a lot of friends who have had breakups, and a lot of them say the same thing. The girl who just dumped them expects the relationship to stay close and for them to be best friends.

    To me, this song is saying what is really in the mind of all those guys. I consider myself pretty forgiving, but I would feel exactly as this song says, that she has no right to act as if nothing is different.
    traviswrdunbaron January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow. Can your heart really be THAT hard? This is an amazing song which musically and lyrically speaks to an experience that all of us have had. I mean most of us....
    mmonaganon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother powerful song. Great song.
    zeebenon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love how their voices belnd together. I think it's a beautiful song.
    joliefrijoleon November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell this is the first time I've posted on this site after reading so many lyrics my ex posted on Napster; her way of cryptic communication in the history field to hopefully get a positive response from me to fuel her Narcissistic Personality Disorder traits. This song is so fitting for me, it really helps me to move along. My ex before we parted had a guy set up to help fuel her egotistical side, from what I can read into, she wants me to sit on the sidelines as her friend and watch me suffer. I'm known by my own family and friends to be an extremely nice guy buy my ex tried to condition me to believe otherwise. I'm hoping this has sent the correct message back to show to her, if you love someone then you totally respect them, but then again someone with NPD have no empathy for other people's suffering. If anyone else has ever had to suffer this kind of ordeal, then from my Heart to Yours and run for the hills and never look back.
    Pulsey69on June 16, 2015   Link
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    General Commentabsolute cringeworthy 80s standard. As usual with any phil collins song there is no substance to be found in this laughable duet.
    sivillaon December 28, 2006   Link

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