Throwing It All Away

By N. Mark Castro

hands together MJ

Throwing It All Away” was the seventh track on the 1986 album Invisible Touch by Genesis. The working title was “Zephyr and Zeppo”, which was structured around a guitar riff by Mike Rutherford (Mike & The Mechanics), who also wrote the lyrics.

This haunting piece was a big hit back in my youth, and to those unfamiliar with the ancient mysteries of arithmetic, that’s 26 years ago, far older than my assistant Rachel.

Wait, did I say in my youth?

I lied.

I was a kid then.

Oh but that music echoed the melancholic vocals of the legendary Phil Collins … and never had it so much meaning to me than it does now.

Throwing It All Away

Need I say I love you
Need I say I care
Need I say that emotions,
Something we don’t share
I don’t want to be sitting here
Trying to deceive you
Cos you know I know baby
That I don’t wanna go.

We cannot live together
We cannot live apart
That’s the situation
Ive known it from the start
Every time that I look at you
I can see the future
Cos you know I know babe
That I don’t wanna go.

Throwing it all away
Throwing it all away
Is there nothing that I can say
To make you change your mind
I watch the world go round and round
And see mine turning upside down
You’re throwing it all away.

Now who will light up the darkness
Who will hold your hand
Who will find you the answers
When you don’t understand
Why should I have to be the one
Who has to convince you
Cos you know I know baby
That I don’t wanna go.

Someday you’ll be sorry
Someday when you’re free
Memories will remind you
That our love was meant to be
Late at night when you call my name
The only sound you’ll hear
Is the sound of your voice calling
Calling after me.

Just throwing it all away
Throwing it all away
There’s nothing I can say
Were throwing it all away
Yes were throwing it all away…

Years later, here they were performing live, and still carrying the wounded heart of a love exactly as the title implies.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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