If Leaving Me Is Easy

Album: Face Value (1981)
Charted: 17
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  • This was released as the third single from Face Value in the UK, but was never released as a single in the United States.
  • Like many of the songs on Face Value, this is based on Collins' anger and frustration about his first wife Andrea leaving him for a painter and decorator. He told The Mail on Sunday: "One of my favorite songs. It was so simple and yet said so much about how I felt at the time… the main chorus line being a real truism."
  • The song features Eric Clapton on guitar. Collins commented to The Mail on Sunday that, "we were both a little the worse for wear." The legendary guitarist also contributed to another Collins song "I Wish It Would Rain Down" several years later.
  • Collins performed the song on the BBC music show Top of the Pops with a bucket of paint and paintbrush on top of his electric piano, a reference to his first wife's affair with a painter and decorator.
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