I must've dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street

Now did you read the news today?
They say the danger's gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
They're burning into the night

There's too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go 'round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion?

Well, this is the world we live in (oh oh oh)
And these are the hands we're given (oh oh oh)
Use them and let's start trying (oh oh oh)
To make it a place worth living in

Ooh, Superman, where are you now
When everything's gone wrong somehow?
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go 'round
Tell me why this is a land of confusion?

This is the world we live in (oh oh oh)
And these are the hands we're given (oh oh oh)
Use them and let's start trying (oh oh oh)
To make it a place worth living in

I remember long ago
Ooh, when the sun was shining
Yes, and the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight
So long ago

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know we'll never keep

Too many men
There's too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go 'round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion?

Now this is the world we live in (oh oh oh)
And these are the hands we're given (oh oh oh)
Use them and let's start trying (oh oh oh)
To make it a place worth fighting for

This is the world we live in (oh oh oh)
And these are the names we're given (oh oh oh)
Stand up and let's start showing (oh oh oh)
Just where our lives are going to


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Chuckles01

Land of Confusion Lyrics as written by Phillip David Charles Collins Anthony George Banks

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

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  • +3
    General CommentI think it's about the general abuse of political power, applying to any such situation throughout the ages
    ProfessorSeageron April 17, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt isn't about any particular event or war. It is a relevant at ANY point in time. The video to this song was excellently made. The guitar riff was also taken from The Who, which is subtly hinted with a last minute change made to the original lyrics. "MY GENERATION will set it right"
    The-Dullahanon December 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's just about how the major world powers seem intent on damaging our world. Think the spitting image / sartirical video to this song says it all.
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority.
    takeititsyourson August 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song talks about the political power of the government and how they make it"the land of confusion". Song is a warning to those in power
    RushRuleson June 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest video ever
    PeskyJaseon April 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about how Ronald Reagan and the Russians were going to blow up the planet in the 1980s. Pretty scary.
    SJSwaneyon May 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuozzerx: I don't see how that's possible since the album containing this song was released in 1986 while the Gulf War was 1991.
    Rebus_Valstayon April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think quozzerx meant to say Cold War. I think it's an anti-Reagan song. The video for this song is the wierdest I've ever seen, but it's fun to watch. Download it sometime if you haven't seen it. They make fun of Ronald Reagan alot in the video too.
    pollockon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely anti-Reagan. The first part of the video makes it obvious that Reagan is living in the "land of confusion".
    j2f125on September 26, 2006   Link

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