Need I say I love you
Need I say I care
Need I say that emotion's,
Something we don't share
I don't want to be sitting here
Trying to deceive you
Cos you know I know baby
I don't wanna go.

We cannot live together
We cannot live apart
That's the situation
I've known it from the start
Every time that I look at you
I can see the future
Cos you know I know baby
I don't wanna go.

Throwing it all away
Throwing it all away
Is there nothing that I can say
To make you change your mind
I watch the world go round and round
And see mine turning upside down
You're throwing it all away.

Who'll light up the darkness
Who will hold your hand
Who will find you the answers
When you don't understand
Why should I have to be the one
Who has to convince you
Cos you know I know baby
That I don't wanna go.

Some day you'll be sorry
Someday when you're free
Memories will remind you
That our love was meant to be
Late at night when you call my name
The only sound you'll hear
Is the sound of your voice calling
Calling after me.

Just throwing it all away
Throwing it all away
There's nothing I can say
You're throwing it all away.


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Throwing It All Away Lyrics as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford

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  • +6
    General CommentI think Steve has no clue what he's talking about. Phil has stated this song was inspired by his divorce.
    Cotygeekon January 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionThis song is about a relationship.

    I think that the part that has the most emotion in it is:

    Now who will light up the darkness
    Who will hold your hand
    Who will find you the answers
    When you don't understand
    Why should I have to be the one
    Who has to convince you
    Cos you know I know baby
    That I don't wanna go.

    Someday you'll be sorry
    Someday when you're free
    Memories will remind you
    That our love was meant to be
    Late at night when you call my name
    The only sound you'll hear
    Is the sound of your voice calling
    Calling after me.

    That part really gets you.
    arielisboredon June 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis is a song about divorce or the ending of a long-term relationship. In the song he is pleading with her, not do this. Also, he sees the problem, is that they are no longer communicating and sharing emotions. They are no longer showing their vulnerabilities to each other. But, he does not say in the song, what has caused this to happen. He loves her, and believes she still loves him, Also, he still wants a future with her, and wants her to consider the future consequences, which will not be good, of this ending. He wants to overcome these problems, and is pleading with her, to work out the relationship. But, he is feeling he is losing the battle.
    TheLinkon August 23, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song really hit home for me. My wife left me, and it broke my heart. I heard this song, and it felt like I was going to lose it. Even though I'm remarried, it still brings back the loss I felt.
    nerevar59on October 30, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a killer, isn't it? What a place to be in. Especially the bridge: "someday when you're sorry..."
    Damn, hits hard.
    bradleybon December 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a killer, isn't it? What a place to be in. Especially the bridge: "someday when you're sorry..."
    Damn, hits hard.
    bradleybon December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. Very emotional song, obviously about a broken marriage. One of my favorite songs by Genesis.
    touchthestarsformeon November 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this song is about a girl who led him on, led him to believe she wanted more, and thats what the guy had... but she desides thats not what she wanted and wanted to turn down all he had, which was everything she could ever want....i would know this happen to me and this song is what first hit me....
    deemsnb33on January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment------------- I think the broken marriage meaning is quite clear. The fact that this is the last song on the Invisible Touch album with lyrics is quite significant - why isn't it In Too Deep or Tonight, Tonight, Tonight the last track? Because this is Collins sticking his chin up going - you left me? Fine, you're screwed now - you're throwing it all away and you will miss me like the dickens. Little did Collins know he would be developing the blue print for writing every single by a female R&B singer in the new millennium.
    RandomPersonYouAreReadingon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song FactThis is obviously a song about Phil's divorce. Surprisingly (or not), the music was so optimistic and catchy that it was used in a beer commercial in Japan.
    oakmanon April 16, 2020   Link

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