"Inside and Out" as written by and Michael/collins Rutherford....
Brother Seems they're letting him out next year
He's behaving himself, I hear
Governor Conway says it will be fine
Just as long as he can tow the line

It's the same old story
But it says here "Mum you're not to worry"
'Cos some you lose and some you lose

At this party, he was on his own
All he did was say he'd take her home
But it seems they didn't go straight there
'cos on the porch, she told him,
"put your hand here"

Yes it's that same old story
They told her mum she's not to worry

Police "If what she says is so,
we'll never let him go!"

Him "Never a word could be heard
Not even the sound of a bird
Singing it over again, telling a different story
Never the same as before
See the summer going out by the door"
Brother And now that you've paid for those lies
Get another disguise

"It's twenty years now since our Kid came free
Oh I remember August '53
But it wasn't quite like they said
With that behind you, you can't plan ahead
Yes it's the same old story
They say you're free, but don't worry
What they said's not so
They'll never let you go!"

Him "Never a word could be heard
Not even the sound of a bird
Singing it over again, telling a different story
Never the same as before
See the summer going out by the door"
Brother And now that you've paid for those lies
Get another disguise

Lyrics submitted by AdamantVision

"Inside and Out" as written by Phil Collins Anthony Banks


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    General CommentAdamant i think that the final instrumental part reflects the feelings of being free, though all the problems one can have after being in prison
    stexon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA lyric that probably would not be written today because nobody would dare!

    We hear both sides of the story....the young man who doesn't think he did anything wrong during a sexual encounter with a girl after a party....Clearly the girl reported him for rape or sexual assault and he was found guilty.

    His family are told it will be OK, if he toes the line in prison he will be fine when they release him. The girl's family are told something different, that effectively the system never let's someone who commits sexual offenses go truly free.

    And after he comes out, he finds that is the case...the shadow of the conviction haunts him for the rest of his life.

    It's not made clear whether he is guilty, the song is more about how a serious conviction - especially for sexual assault - can stay with you for decades.
    absinthedudeon May 27, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI understand how the first part of this song has to do with a guy's brother reading a letter to him and his mother, explaining his life for the past few years after having been thrown in jail on questionable charges. What I have always wondered is the significance of the instrumental part at the end. I know it doesn't have lyrics but the mood changes considerably and I've never been quite sure what it means compared to the rest of the song.
    AdamantVisionon February 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere's no info on this song on any other site that I have found, but to me it seems to tell the not-so-uncommon story of a young horny male who accidentally crosses the 'line' one night and ends up in the slammer, gets out, and finds that society will have nothing to do with him -- even if it all did indeed start with the so-called victim inadvertently indicating via body language that she wanted what he had to offer. I don't know about Britain, but here in the states, once you are a convicted felon your employment options are drastically limited and it often takes an act of God or a damn good lawyer to convince the 'powers that be' that the recipient of said felony is once again capable of being a functioning and law-abiding citizen.

    My take on it anyway.
    atlknighton September 11, 2011   Link
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    General Commentatlknight has hit the nail on the head with this one. I doubt it is a song that would be written now as it would be seen as misogynistic in these politically correct times. The subject, the narrator's brother, has been locked up for some time on a rape charge after being given the come-on by his victim. Recently a politician in the UK got into bother by suggesting that there are various levels of rape. The uproar from the Guardianistas (middle class lefties) in this country was huge as rape is rape and there can be no mitigating factors.

    The song never made the LP, being released on an EP along with Match of the Day and Pigeons.
    proggieon November 03, 2012   Link

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