Something Happened on the Way to Heaven

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"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven by Phil Collins UK single.png
Artwork for UK release
Single by Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously
B-side "I Wish It Would Rain Down"
Released16 April 1990 [1]
Genre
Length4:50
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)

"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" is a song performed by Phil Collins and released in April 1990, from the 1989 album ...But Seriously . It became his final US top ten hit as a solo artist, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in February 1989. A live version also appears on the Serious Hits... Live! album. 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'?".

Contents

The song was written by Phil Collins and longtime Genesis/Collins guitarist Daryl Stuermer and was produced by Collins and Hugh Padgham. It was also included on ...Hits . The song was originally written for the movie The War of the Roses . [2]

Artworks

The single's UK release featured comedian Tony Hancock on its front cover. [3] The different cover art for the international single release is a still from the 1946 film A Matter of Life and Death [4] (also titled in the US Stairway to Heaven [5] ) created by Powell and Pressburger,[ citation needed ] permitted for use by Rank Film Distributors. [5]

Music video

Directed by Jim Yukich, produced by Paul Flattery and written by both of them for FYI. 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 Collins' piano 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 (Sklar did not perform on the actual studio recording; bass duties were completed by Nathan East). [6]

Formats and track listings

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

Charts

Deborah Cox version

"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
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Banner of the US 12-inch retail single
Single by Deborah Cox
Released2003
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. It peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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.

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