Something Happened on the Way to Heaven

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"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
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Single by Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously
B-side "I Wish It Would Rain Down"
Released 16 April 1990 (UK)
19 July 1990 (US)
Format 7", 12" single, CD maxi, Cassette
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:50
Label Atlantic, Virgin, WEA
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"I Wish It Would Rain Down"
(1990)
"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
(1990)
"That's Just the Way It Is"
(1990)
"I Wish It Would Rain Down"
(1990)
"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
(1990)
"That's Just the Way It Is"
(1990)

"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" is a song performed by Phil Collins and released in 1990, from the album ...But Seriously. The song reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that same year. A live performance of the song also appears on the Serious Hits... Live! album. The song was written by Phil Collins and Daryl Stuermer and was produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham. It was also included on ...Hits on which it is the track number eight. The cover art shown here is a still from the 1946 film A Matter of Life and Death by Powell and Pressburger. The single's UK release featured a different cover, depicting comedian Tony Hancock.[1] The song was originally written for the movie War of the Roses.[2]

Lyrics[edit]

The only time the title of the song is used is the second line of the third verse. The song is often identified by the recurring hook of "How many times can I say 'I'm sorry'?".

Music video[edit]

A dog is napping in a meadow, dreaming of being in a silent movie in which it saves a woman tied to a set of railroad tracks from being run over by a train. The opening of the song is heard faintly in the distance, coming from the open back door of a concert hall, and the dog wakes up and ventures inside. Here, Collins and his band do a sound check and then perform the song as the dog explores the facility, eating from the band's buffet table, climbing among the catwalks, and sitting briefly at an unused keyboard and drum kit. These sequences are intercut with shots from the dog's black-and-white perspective, including a brief dream in which it sits at a formal table loaded with food.

At two different times, the dog relieves itself onstage, first by defecating near backing singer Arnold McCuller - only discovered when he steps in the resulting mess - then later by urinating on bassist Leland Sklar's leg. The latter occurs near the end of the song, and the video ends after Collins smiles and wipes Sklar's shoe with a towel.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" – 4:37
  2. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (One World Remix) – 5:38
  3. "I Wish It Would Rain Down" (Demo) – 5:19
7" single
  1. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (Edit) – 4:37
  2. "I Wish It Would Rain Down" (Demo) – 5:19
12" maxi
  1. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" – 4:37
  2. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (One World Remix) – 5:38
  3. "I Wish It Would Rain Down" (Demo) – 5:19

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Deborah Cox version[edit]

"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven (Deborah Cox song).jpg
Single by Deborah Cox
Released 2003
Genre House
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer

In 2003, Canadian singer Deborah Cox recorded a R&B cover of the track, which was included on the Phil Collins tribute compilation Urban Renewal. A club/house remix was issued as a single, which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart in November 2003 and stayed at the top spot until February 2004. The track spent 11 weeks at number one, ten of them consecutively, making it the first single on the chart to accomplish this feat, which she would hold until 2009, when Lady Gaga broke that record with her single "Poker Face", which spent 15 weeks at the top.

Preceded by
"Baby Boy" by Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
"Gia" by Despina Vandi
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single (Deborah Cox version)
22 November 2003 – 24 January 2004
7 February 2004
Succeeded by
"Gia" by Despina Vandi
Hey Ya! by Outkast

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hancock record collection - Page seven
  2. ^ Phil Collins. Not Dead Yet. London, England: Century Books. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-780-89513-0. 
  3. ^ Collins, Phil (17 May 2010). "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven - Official Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven". Top Digital Download. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Phil Collins: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Phil Collins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Phil Collins - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  14. ^ "Phil Collins Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Billboard". allmusic. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Single top 100 over 1990" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

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