How can I just let you walk away
Just let you leave without a trace?
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh
You're the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave?
'Cause we've shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh, take a look at me now
Well there's just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that's what I've got to face

I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
Well there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

Now take a look at me now
'Cause that's just an empty space
But to wait for you is all I can do
And that's what I've gotta face

Take a good look at me now
'Cause I'll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It's the chance I've got to take

Take a look at me now

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Against All Odds Lyrics as written by Phillip David Charles Collins


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  • +7
    General CommentWhat more to say that hasn't been said? Phil Collins is such a powehouse! Dudes voice is amazing and this song... its so deep. A man letting a woman know no matter what, he'll wait for her. Even though in his heart.. he knows its a slim chance. :( Mostly all of his songs are so beautiful, in whichever meaning they convey.
    SteelerChick00on July 20, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General Commentbeautiful. this song came on when i was driving home from work, and i instantly thought how much i love my boyfriend :) it's about a guy, who is deeply in love with a girl, and everything they have with one another is so unique and special, and that he'd be lost without her. just amazing
    Jennybean8on July 07, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is the ultimate tear jerker! It simply is amazing!

    And the story behind the song was that Phil wrote the song about his divorce...
    NeoSyncon June 13, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThis song means everything to me. theres this girl who i let slip away one year ago, we've barely talked since. ive talked to her a few times but she is either playing hard to get or isnt interested. i want to show to her how much she still means to me. i want her to "take a look at me now". all i need anymore is a second chance with her. its the only thing i could wish for.
    MrAflacon August 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou know there are two ways to look at the song. As though you are the one singing the song, or you are the subject. From the subject's point of view. it is about being very much loved by someone, someone who almost expected you to leave their love life, and you do. I do not believe that necessarily these two individuals were together, they could have just been two people that we kinda testing the waters, and the one person backed out. But the singer However, even though the odds are slim that they will be together, is going to wait around. It is as though this person will wait till the end of the world. SAD SAD SAD.
    truthhurtson August 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA lot of me wishes that I couldnt relate sooo well to this song. After going through the worst "break up" of my life, I dont think that I'll ever be able to listen to this song ever again. To me what it really means is just how badly you wish the person could see the pain that they've put on you and just how badly you wish they cared. It's also about remember everything that you had and everything that goes along with losing a person. It really is a heartwrenching song.
    Jules***on August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHis is an amazing song about a guy who's life has completely fallen apart because his love has left him. All he can do is sit and wait and PRAY for her to come back into his life. It's almos as if he expected her to leave, although he does resent her for it. I can REALLY relate to this song.
    maxpower114on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is only one thing that I learns from this song: NEVER EVER GIVE UP you hope! Does not matter if that is your bro/sis/gf/bf/anyone special you 'missing', never ever lost your power in WISH. And of course, BE SMART, there must be something better than /But to wait for you, is all I can do/. ;). I brave enough to say this 'cause this happens to me, YEAH, and I am on the track to get her BACK now. Just last steps now... ;)
    bleedingpegasuson April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn Philly got an amazing voice
    c0nfuzion June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery time I hear this song I think about the movie by the same name.. it wasn't the greatest movie out there but this song is great!! It's about loving someone, but no matter what your relationship can no longer be or you can not stay together. Heartbreaking :-(
    pheebgirlon August 18, 2002   Link

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