Found that man reported missing,
He wandered in his home.
It don't seem to bad if you consider
Just what he's been through.

Seems he met up with a gang of thieves,
Who mistook him for a man of means,
They locked him up then found he had no money,
So they let him go again.
Now he's back at home and happy
Just to see the kids.

I wish that I could really tell you
All the things that happened to me
And all that I have seen.
A world full of people their hearts full of joy,
Cities of light with no fear of war,
And thousands of creatures with happier lives,
And dreams of a future with meaning and no need to hide.

Oh, keep it dark.

It seems strange to have to lie,
About a world so bright.
And tell instead a made-up story,
From the world of night.

I wish, that I could really tell you,
All the things that happened to me
And all that I have seen,
A world full of people their hearts full of joy,
Cities of light with no fear of war,
And thousands of creatures with happier lives,
And dreams of a future with meaning and no need to lie,
No need to hate,
No need to hide.

Oh, keep it dark.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

Keep It Dark Lyrics as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +2
    General Commentapparently this ones about a bloke bein abducted by aliens, shown a world much better than the one we all inhabit and so on bein dropped off back at home opted to lie about hwat had happened rather than be locked up for telling the truth of his experience... surpression of your own freedom of speech song i spose regardin how the world perhaps isnt ready to know what a mess its in just yet.
    parberooon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentparberoo got it right first time - aducted by aliens, upon his return our hero is forced to lie about his wonderful experiences about a 'world so bright'. The phrase 'keep it dark' literally means keep it a secret, the advice the aliens have given him if he doesn't want locking up for being a nutcase.

    It is the reverse situation to A Trick of the Tail where an 'alien' (the beast with the horns) strays into the human world and can't wait to get back to 'the city of gold'.
    proggieon November 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what city the video was shot in? It looks European.
    yrogerg1on September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFabulous use of the bass pedals, drives the song far better than a standard bass guitar riff
    nagromnaion December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm about to reveal how much of a nerd I am...if he got abducted by aliens, it seems very "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to me. Remember how they erase the memories of prehistoric cultures so nobody can recall what the futuristic world is like? Keep it dark, folks, keep it dark.

    And who would believe that a gang of thieves would let somebody go? If they "locked him up and found he had no money," they would probably either kick the crap out of him or kill him.
    actionfrankdollon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningparberoo nailed it right on the head
    itsbeenjismon June 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, especially its chorus, is absolutely charming. Imagining this other, bright world leaves me with a smile. Although, actually, the story of the man who has been to a better world and now is forced to live again in ours, not even being able to talk about what he's seen, is quite sad.

    We know he has been abducted by aliens because Tony Banks said so in one or more interviews. The lyrics themselves don't reveal this, I think.
    WhiteWolfDiefon October 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems the abducted by aliens story fits best. The news tells the story that this man was kidnapped by thieves, so when the man returns he goes with that since the true story, the one about aliens, cities of lights, no war... would not be believed by the general public even though it's a more beautiful (and real... well in the song anyway) story.
    justfellinon June 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatchy tune. Post-Gabriel Genesis at its best. 6/4 time signature. The lyrics are self-explanatory. Surprised that it did not catch on at pop and rock radio stations back in the early 80's.
    EdwardRCon July 11, 2022   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI don't really see the alien abduction thing, but I'll let you know what I think these lyrics mean.

    I don't know if these lyrics communicate one story, but I think it definitely is a hopeful yet bitter message. Actually, it seems to me as if perhaps that the part after "Now he's back at home and happy/just to see the kids" is the man who, according to earlier in the song, fell victim to some creeps who wanted to rob him. Maybe his kids asked him what happened, and he's like "well, i wish i could tell you that everything's great and man, i wish the world was really nice and a sparkling utopia" but—oh wait, that's not really how things are. Shut up, face the truth—keep it dark. It's almost like the lyrics are despairing for the state of the world, wishing that things were wonderful, but in reality it's all quite dark.
    AdamantVisionon January 29, 2008   Link

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