Oh use saying that it's alright, it's alright.
Where were you after midnight, midnight.
Heard a Bang, Bang, Bang; Down they go
It's just a job you do
'cause the harder they run, the harder they fall.
I'm coming down hard on you.

No one saw what you looked like, what you looked like
Like a stranger coming out of the night, out of the night
Someone put the word on you, I hope my aim is true.

I got a name, I got a number, I gotta line on you
I got a name, I got a number, I'm coming after you

Don't keep saying that it's alright, it's alright,
It seems you went just a little too far this time
Heard a Bang Bang Bang, and down you go,
It's just a job I do,
'cause the harder you run the harder you fall,
I'm coming down hard on you, hard on you.

I got a name, I got a number, I got a line on you
I got a name, I got a number, I'm coming after you

Keep running, Keep running; city to city
Even if you're innocent,
You can cause too much embarrassment
And though your heart is breaking,
And you know there's no mistaking.
For you feel your life line breaking
Can feel your hands are shaking
No-one answers the telephone
You can never even go home alone
and though your heart is breaking
and you know there's no mistaking.
The footsteps close behind.

Don't pretend that you sleep at night, sleep tight
Can't you feel that the time is right, it's alright.
Heard a Bang Bang Bang, down you go
No-one really cares
'cause the harder you run, the harder you fall.
I'm coming down hard on you.

I got a name, I got a number, I got a line on you
I got a name, I got a number, I'm coming after you

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Just a Job to Do Lyrics as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford


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  • +2
    General CommentI've heard the hitman idea too, but I think the line "Keep running keep running, city to city, even if you're innocent" disproves this. It suggests that most people would think he wouldn't run if he was innocent. If a hitman were after someone, they wouldn't care about innocence, they're gonna kill you regardless.

    Because this "can cause to much embarrassment" it makes me think he's running away from a trial. That would make the narrator something like Dick Tracy, a cop (the fugitive) or a bail bondsman.
    T.G. Rebon November 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom what I understand, and I believe this was a direct quote from Phil Collins, that this song was an interpretation of Dick Tracy.
    squonkon January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt doesn't sound as though the pursuer has any intention of taking his target in alive. Guilty or not, the fugitive would "cause too much embarrassment" if he was allowed to defend himself in court.
    Letmeinon April 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's more like "The Fugitive" really.
    Letmeinon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember reading somewhere that the song is actually about a hitman for hire.
    Stingfanon August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentummm....lets see...ive got a name...ive got a number...and BANG BANG BANG...yeah...this song is about a hitman.
    maxxaon April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt appears that Mike Rutherford wrote this song right around the time the Falkland Island's war was occurring and the war was very controversial in British social life, especially among artistic communities. The lyrics appear to have been purposely left open ended in terms of whether whether the pursuer or pursued is a good guy or a bad guy.
    theospeak1on July 24, 2018   Link

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