For Absent Friends

Album: Nursery Cryme (1971)

Songfacts®:

  • Phil Collins sang lead on this track, marking his first lead vocal for the band. Peter Gabriel was the group's frontman at the time, but Collins was tapped to deliver the understated lead on this track.
  • The five members of Genesis shared writer's credits on all songs from the Nursery Cryme album, but according to Phil Collins, he and guitarist Steve Hackett put this song together.
  • This song paints a picture of life in a small British village, telling the story of an older couple, both widowed, who go to church and look back on times gone by and the friends they've lost.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

The Punk Photography of Chris Stein

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.

Artis the Spoonman

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?

Lou Gramm - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"

Lou Gramm - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"They're Playing My Song

Gramm co-wrote this gorgeous ballad and delivered an inspired vocal, but the song was the beginning of the end of his time with Foreigner.

Weezer

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.