Look up on the wall, there on the floor
Under the pillow, behind the door
There's a crack in the mirror
Somewhere there's a hole in a window pane
Do you think I'm to blame?
Tell me, do you think I'm to blame?

(When we do it) you're never there
(When you show it) just stop and stare
(Abacab) he's in anywhere

If you're wrappin' up the world
'Cause you've taken someone else's girl
When they turn on the pillow
Even when they answer the telephone
Don't you think that by now
Tell me, don't you think that by now

(When we do it) you're never there
(When you show it) just stop and stare
(Abacab) he's in anywhere
(Abacab) doesn't really care

Do you want it? You got it, now you know
Do you want it? You got it, now you know

It's an illusion, it's a game
Or reflection of someone else's name
When you wake in the morning
Wake and find you're covered in cellophane
Well, there's a hole in there somewhere
Yeah, there's a hole in there somewhere
Baby, there's a hole in there somewhere
Now there's a hole in there somewhere

(When we do it) you're never there
(When you show it) you stop and stare
(Abacab) he's in anywhere

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by scott10187

Abacab Lyrics as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford


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    General CommentI sat and read these lyric after having sung them for years anf not really listened to myself. Its a song about a bloke taking advantage of other people women (obviously) but I think perhaps its sung from the position of either someone looking on or perhaps more indirectly, his conscience. References to lookin around for things like cracks in mirrors and what have you suggest paranoia which could relate to the conscience thing. - I always thought that the 'dont you think that by now' part was singing 'dont you think they'll find out'... anyway, yeah i think its a paranoid song regarding someone thats leading taken women on without having the same feelings for them that they perhaps have for him. -Maybe thats only the meaning you take if you can impose your own life onto it? were that the case then... good song!
    parberooon May 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA_B_A_C_A_B was a method used to remember the original sequence of the song when it was in it's embryonal state. "A" was the verse, "B" was the chorus, and "C" was the bridge. So the original version went verse, chorus, verse, bridge, verse, chorus. However that sequence was later changed, but the name stuck. I am almost sure the lyrics were Mike Rutherford's.
    Jibril_Abdullahon August 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSections of songs are usually broken up by the musical themes running through the song, or even what key a particular section of a song is based in. The structure of the song is denoted by letters, and every time a new section is written, and if it sounds different (or if the chord structure is different) than prior sections, then it is assigned a new letter.

    Originally, there were sections of the song ABACAB named A, B, and C. So, there would be a section A, then B, then A was repeated, then a new section named C, came, then sections A and B were repeated, closing the song. Down the line, the original song was re-worked, and the structure no longer followed that original order (ABACAB), but they liked the name so they kept it and incorporated it into the chorus.
    gianthogweed73on June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentABACAB is just the chord progression of the song
    magpi1on January 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok to clear up the title of the song, i bought the platinum hits collection and in the book they say that it is the musical structure, at one point while they were making the song it was A_B_A_C_A_B but eventually it changed to something else... as far as the meaning of the lyrics not sure yet :P
    nseoion June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone, help me out. Is Abacab a code name for something/someone? It seems like it could be the intuition that a person gets but doesn't understand, like when a person gets the feeling that they're not being told the truth. "If you're wrapping up the world
    'Cos you've taken someone elses girl,
    When they turn on the pillow,
    Even when they answer the telephone,
    Don't you think that by now..."
    But I'm so not sure.
    LeArtiston March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about the meaning of the song, but the word "Abacab" refers to the parts of the song. "B" representing Tony Banks's part, and "C" represents P.C, obviously.
    ckm4everon April 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy brother and I always used to use this as our fallback on multiple choice tests in high school. I'm not saying that's the meaning, just a convenient usage.
    NoRainon June 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCan I point out that ABACA is the format of Rondo form in Musical Terminoligy. So perhaps the song is in Rondo form, with an extra B section? I'm not that familiar with the song so I can't confirm it myself.
    Publiuson February 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou folks assuming a musical reference are correct. The title refers to the musical structure of the song. But what about the lyrics? I think it's Phil's answer to Peter's "Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" in that people will respond to anything formuliac and familiar.
    pshow99on April 07, 2005   Link

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