In this soft rock ballad, a lonely Phil Collins pleads with his lover to give him just one more night to prove his devotion (we're not sure how, but it sounds like he has a plan). It was his second #1 single in the US, the first being "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)."
Being a drummer at heart, it's not surprising that Collins started this song on a drum machine. He explained to Playboy that he was playing around with the machine when inspiration hit: "I had a tempo in mind. I was thinking of one of the Jacksons' songs actually when I strung a chorus on it. The line 'one more night' just fit what I was playing. The rest of the song was written very quickly."
Collins isn't trying to be a downer and says the lyrics "are more optimistic in a warm way rather than depressing in a negative way."
This was also included on the compilation albums Hits (1998) and Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (2004).
The music video, directed by Jim Yukich, finds Collins playing piano at a bar in London (owned by Virgin Records founder Richard Branson).
This was featured in the 1986 Martin Scorsese drama The Color of Money, starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.