I Missed Again

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"I Missed Again"
Phil Collins IMissedAgain.jpg
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Face Value
B-side "I'm Not Moving"
Released 7 March 1981
Format 7" / 12"
Recorded January 1980–January 1981
Length 3:47
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (international)
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"In the Air Tonight"
"I Missed Again"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"In the Air Tonight"
"I Missed Again"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"

"I Missed Again" is a song from Phil Collins's debut solo album, Face Value. This song is the seventh song on the CD and the first song on the second side on the record. The song features a tenor sax solo from one of Britain's most famous jazz musicians, Ronnie Scott.


Like many of the songs on Face Value, "I Missed Again" is about Collins's anger and frustration about his first wife leaving him. The original demo was entitled "I Miss You, Babe", and the lyrics were made much sadder. He re-wrote the lyric, gave the song a different tempo, and re-titled it "I Missed Again" in an effort to make it lighthearted instead of sad.[1] The demo version is the b-side for the single "If Leaving Me Is Easy".

In other media[edit]

The song's music video features Collins on a white background singing and miming the various instruments.

The song was featured in a late 1980s promotional commercial, which featured bloopers, by the National Basketball Association. It was also used in the early 1990s by the BBC in a montage of snooker players missing shots.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "I Missed Again" was the first single from Face Value. It peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1981. It reached #14 in the UK.


  1. "I Missed Again"
  2. "I'm Not Moving"
  • Gavin Cochrane – photography


  1. ^ Collins, Phil (October 21, 1999). "Making of Face Value". Classic Albums. Isis Productions. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 71. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". The Official New Zealand Music Chart; nztop40.co.nz. 1981-07-05. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

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