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Another Day in Paradise


Phil Collins

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This addresses the problem of ignoring the needy and homeless. It's a rare Phil Collins hit with a socially conscious message.
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, sings on this. Crosby worked with Collins on and off through the late '80s to early '90s; Collins performed background vocals for Crosby's 1993 song, "Hero," from the album Thousand Roads. (thanks, Jeff - Kendall Park, NJ, for above 2)
R&B singer Brandy recorded this in 2001. (thanks, Cindy - Sydney, Australia)
This won a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Collins told The Mail on Sunday: "I wrote this after being in Washington DC where I was amazed by how many people I saw living in boxes."
The song won the 1990 Brit Award for Best Single.
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Comments (15):

If you love this song, you should listen to the demo version,"Homeless". It's on Youtube.
- electric926, Unknown, NJ
Brandy ruined the song. ITs commercial pop, and it doesn't keep the feeling of sorry for the homeless... you like her voice, its very acted with Ray-J.
Phil made an excelent work with this song, though we haven't done a lot of things fro changing this world.
- Federico, Unknown, Argentina
next time your sitting around with a full stomach and friends and family enjoying your life, your partners and your money. just remember theres people out there who have NOTHING, and they never chose it that way. Some poeple out there end up in those circumstances from Abuse, disabilities and everything. and by the way a lot of people who are asking for one whole big dollar may just be DYING for a donut or something, and do they get help. no they die. while everyones enjoying theyre day in paradise.
- Brian, Vancouver, Canada
i hate this... wat if the person u were ignoring just turns to be u.. i kno u wouldnt like it if they did the same to u..

BTW i still loved the song... i started to cry
- hajra, new york city, NY
I remember hearing this song back in 1989 when it came out. I was only 4 years old and in pre-school, mind you, but I do remember it.
- Ben, Gosford, Australia
"Another Day in Paradise" was the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single from December 23, 1989 to January 13, 1990, making it the last number-one of the 80s and the first of the 90s.
- Kye, Tullahoma, TN
Roger, subtle attempt to turn a social problem into a partisan issue, which it isn't.

In fact, Phil gives generously to charities for the homeless, which he can clearly aford to do.

Oh, and to the point, thats the incorrect use of the word "liberal".
- Edward, Aberystyth, Wales
I am going to have to go with Dave on this one, Brandy and for that matter everybody else who covers this song just make it look bad> Phil was the only one meant to sing this song!
- Tommy, Dacula, GA
Jam Tronik (1990) and Brandy (2001) have both released abysmal covers of this song since...
- Dave, Cardiff, Wales
The saddest part is, lots of people who approach you on the street, begging for money, are con artists. It puts people who really do need help in a bad light.
- Kelli, Cedar Rapids, IA
So...Phil, what have you done about the homelessness problem in America? The multi millionaire limousine liberals love talking about all the problems in America, but what have they done and what is his solution?
- Roger, Los Angeles, CA
Phil said in an interview couple of years ago, that he wrote this song after having visited Washington DC, with so many homeless and poor people close to the Central of Politics and Finance. In the lyrics the woman asks a businessman or a politician if he could help her, but he seems to be embarassed that he might be responsible for her situation in some way.
- Rene, Hamburg, Germany
i love how this song is about one of lifes problems
- Cindy, sydney, United States
This was played at my school when I was in grade 7- It was a music video for this and it showed the life of a girl who was poor and has no money. she only has 3 things in the fridge and her mom is gone. she has to look after her and While she's at school, she stays out in gym because she is sick. while at lunch, she has nothing to eat, but a guy with a broken arm tosses his sandwhich into the garbage. She then sneaks the sandwhich out of the garbage can and goes to the bathroom, goes into a stall and eats it. she then breaks down. The rest i cant remember. but anywasy, great song and video and great song, itself.
- Takashi, Tokyo, Japan
This is one of the best songs he has ever written, and I believe that besides "Take Me Home," this one is a masterpiece. What a powerful song, and a heart-breaking message to go with it.
- Justin, Felts Mills, NY
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