In this song, Phil Collins takes out his frustrations over his divorce from his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli.
His first solo album was Face Value
released in 1981 shortly after their split. Some of the tracks on that album, notably "In The Air Tonight
" and "If Leaving Me Is Easy
," find him expressing the misery he felt going through the ordeal. For his next album, Hello, I Must Be Going!
, he took a different tack.
"I was getting letters from lawyers asking for unbelievable things," Collins told Rolling Stone
This made him bitter and resigned to put it behind him (he had already begun dating Jill Tavelman, who would become his second wife), and in this song, he makes it clear that even though he's being dragged through the mud, he doesn't care anymore.