I Missed Again

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"I Missed Again"
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Single by Phil Collins
from the album Face Value
B-side "I'm Not Moving"
Released27 February 1981 (UK) [1]
RecordedJanuary 1980–January 1981
Label Virgin (UK)
Atlantic (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"
Music video
"I Missed Again" on YouTube

"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 British jazz musician 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", with sadder lyrics - this demo version was later released as a B-side of "If Leaving Me Is Easy". [2] He re-wrote the lyrics, gave the song a different tempo, and re-titled it "I Missed Again" in an effort to make it lighthearted instead of sad. [3]

In other media

The song's music video features Collins on a white background singing and miming the various instruments. It was released on VHS in 1983. [4] [5] which received a Grammy nomination for Best Video, Short Form. [6]


  1. "I Missed Again"
  2. "I'm Not Moving"

Chart performance

In the US, "I Missed Again" was the first single from Face Value. It peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1981. It reached No. 14 in the UK.

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. Similarly, NBC Sunday Night Football played the song immediately after kicker Eddy Pineiro missed the second of two field goals during the Chicago Bears' game against the Los Angeles Rams on 17 November 2019. [15]

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