What a way to start! By 1978, he had been part of Genesis for nearly eight years, and had reluctantly accepted the role of frontman following Peter Gabriel’s departure. However, he had been planning to do a solo album for some time by 1981.
Phil wrote the song during the grief he felt after divorcing his first wife Andrea Bertorelli in 1980. The divorce contributed to his 1979 hiatus from Genesis, until the band regrouped in October of that year to record the album Duke. The song reached number two in the UK, and has sold over 3 million copies in the States. It also reached the top 10 in at least 13 other countries, and has arguably become his signature song.