Got out of bed, wasn't feeling too good
With my wallet and my passport, a new pair of shoes
The sun is shining so I head for the park,
With a bottle of Tequila, and a new pack of cigarettes

I got a cousin and she got a friend,
Who thought that her aunt knew a man who could help
At his apartment I knocked on the door,
He wouldn't come out until he got paid.
Now don't tell anybody what I wanna do
If they find out you know that they'll never let me through.

It's no fun being an illegal alien
It's no fun being an illegal alien

Down at the office had to fill out the forms
A pink one, a red one, the colours you choose,
Up to the counter to see what they think
They said 'It doesn't count man, it ain't written in ink'.
Don't trust anybody least not around here, cause

It's not fun being an illegal alien,
It's not fun being an illegal alien,
It's not fun being an illegal alien,
It's not fun being an illegal alien,
An illegal alien, O.K.

Consideration for your fellow man
Wouldn't hurt anybody, sure fits in with my plan
Over the border, there lies the promised land

So don't tell anybody what I wanna do
If they find out you know that they'll never let me through.

It's no fun being an illegal alien,
It's no fun being an illegal alien,
It's no fun being an illegal alien,
It's no fun being an illegal alien.



Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by PDXGuy96

Illegal Alien Lyrics as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford

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    Whoa, I saw a Genesis discography and I thought "Isn't that a Sting song"? I was getting it confused with Englishman in New York. I'm not sure that I've ever heard this song.

    pentinon December 13, 2007   Link
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    Judging by Phil's voice, it sounds like a Jamaican trying to get into a country through illegal means, hence illegal alien.

    K-nuxXxon May 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    ...but then upon inspection of the video, he's a mexican trying to get a free pass into America "where everything comes easy"

    K-nuxXxon April 13, 2006   Link
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    probably the worst genesis song ever

    sadmachineon September 19, 2008   Link
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    I've just bought the videos and you are right, however returning to the song itself, It's very clear the original meaning it's a jamaican who's an "illegal alien" ie has already landed on the easy life country but is trying hard to get legality

    donectoron May 26, 2006   Link
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    Ya know, as stupid and racist as this song was in the eighties, ya gotta hand it to genesis for writing a semi political song thirty years ago that is more relevant than ever. You would think society would have figured out a solution to the "illegal alien" question.

    sandman71on September 02, 2015   Link

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