If Leaving Me Is Easy

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"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
Phil Collins IfLeavingMeIsEasy.jpg
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Face Value
B-side "In the Air Tonight"
"I Missed Again"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy" (demo)
Released May 1981
Format 7"/ 12"
Recorded 1980
Length 4:56
Label Virgin (UK)
Atlantic (International)
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"I Missed Again"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"Thru These Walls"

"I Missed Again"
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"Thru These Walls"

"If Leaving Me Is Easy" is a song by Phil Collins from his 1981 album Face Value. Released as the third single from the album, it reached #17 in the UK, but was never released as a single in the United States. Collins sings in a high falsetto in its chorus. The song was later covered by The Isley Brothers for their 1985 album Masterpiece.

Involvement of Eric Clapton[edit]

This was the first of two Phil Collins singles that featured Eric Clapton. The other single was "I Wish It Would Rain Down" from Collins' final album of the 1980s, ...But Seriously. Collins later admitted to The Mail on Sunday that the pair "were both a little the worse for wear," when they recorded this.[1] He also recorded some dobro for "The Roof is Leaking," which was not used on the final recording.

Live versions[edit]

Collins revealed on the "Making of Face Value" episode of Classic Albums that he decided to stop performing this song live on stage following his 1985 No Jacket Required tour because he disliked the audience yelling and screaming instead of being quiet while he performed this song. According to SongFacts.com,[2] Collins performed the song on the BBC music show Top of the Pops with a bucket of paint and paintbrush on top of his electric piano, a reference to his first wife's affair with a painter and decorator.


Chart (1981) Peak
German Singles Chart 61
UK Singles Chart 17



  1. ^ "If Leaving Me Is Easy". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ "If Leaving Me Is Easy by Phil Collins Songfacts". www.songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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