New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

They came at night leaving fear behind
Shadows were on the ground
Nobody knew where to find him
No evidence was found
"I'm never coming back"
They heard him cry
And I believe him
Well he never meant to do anything wrong
It's gonna get worse if he waits too long

Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere
That I can find you
Oh now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh no

Searching through the day and into the night
They wouldn't stop till they found him
They didn't know him and they didn't understand
They never asked him why
"Get out of my way"
They heard him shout
Then a blinding light
Ooh all I could see was him running down the street
Out of the shadows and into the night

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh

Don't give up
Keep running, keep hiding
Don't give up
Billy, if you know you're right
Don't give up
You know that I am on your side
Don't give up
Oh Billy, you better, you better, you better run for your life

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh

They came at night leaving fear behind
Shadows were on the ground
Nobody knew where to find him
No evidence was found
"I'm never coming back"
They heard him cry
And I believe him
He never meant to do anything wrong
It's gonna get worse if he waits too long

Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere
That I can find you, oh
Now Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
Cos you're not anywhere that I can find you, oh



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/phil_collins/dont_lose_my_number.html

Correct | Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:

songmeanings

  • U
    UnregisteredJun 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    It's about a person being in a dangerous or attacked mode and their fleeing for their life and no one understands them.
  • p
    Paul_TersigniAug 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    As far as I can tell the song is about a young man who is falsely accused of a crime and only Collins believes in his innocence. This meaning seems very apparent throughout the song to me, and if we go through the lyrics they maybe become clear to you too.

    First verse:
    The police come looking for the young man in the night asking about his whereabouts (obviously those that they question are scared either for or OF Billy, and Billy himself is scared of being found). No evidence against Billy was found nor any trace of him. Billy swears never to return to town (he will not turn himself in because he is innocent) Collins believes in his innocence (and that he will never return). The last lines suggest that maybe he did something that looks like a crime but it either wasn't him or it was for a justified reason. (some kind of accident. Maybe killed someone in self defense by accident or something like that.)

    Chorus:
    Basically just telling Billy that he believes in his innocence and that even though no one else believes him he should know that he can contact Collins when he needs to but that the responsibility is his since even Collins has no idea where he is hiding from the Police.

    Verse 2:
    Still looking for Billy. They don't know Billy like Collins does; as someone who would not commit a violent crime. They never took the time to ask for Billy's side they simply assumed guilt. The latter portion of the verse is Phil Collins recalling the incident that got Billy into trouble. people hearing Billy yell "get out of my way" and then shooting someone (the blinding light) and then he obviously took off down the street running past Collins.

    Chorus again.

    Bridge:
    So all the "don't give up" stuff is pretty self explanatory at this point. Continue to run and hide if you know you're innocent and that Phil believe he is innocent. The Run for your life part makes me think maybe death sentence? So again adding to the whole, shot and killed someone idea.

    And so on.

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    U
    Unregistered
    Min 50 words
    Not bad
    Good
    Awesome!
    Explain

    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Good
    Cool
    Awesome!
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.
    ×