Take Me Home (Phil Collins song)

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"Take Me Home"
Take Me Home (PC).jpg
Single by Phil Collins
from the album No Jacket Required
  • "We Said Hello Goodbye"
  • "Only You Know and I Know"
Released15 July 1985 (UK)
8 January 1986 (US)
Format7", 12", CD Single
RecordedThe Townhouse, London and Old Croft, Surrey, 1984
GenrePop rock, electronic rock
Length4:37 (Single Version)
5:51 (Album Version)
8:03 (Extended Mix)
6:46 (Extended Mix - Japan only)
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Take Me Home"
"Separate Lives"

"Take Me Home" is a song written and performed by English drummer singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It is the tenth and final track on Collins' third solo album, No Jacket Required. Collins co-produced the song with Hugh Padgham and released it as a single in the UK in July 1985 and the U.S. in March 1986. It did moderately well in the UK, peaking at No. 19.[1] While it was not as successful as other singles from the album, such as "Sussudio" or "One More Night" in the US, it still reached the top 10, peaking at No. 7.[2] The "Extended Mix" of "Take Me Home", released on the 12" single was one of the six songs to be included on Collins' 12"ers album. Remixer John "Tokes" Potoker created an edited Extended mix of the song for the Japanese release of 12"ers, removing around one and half minutes from the full length mix. This version remains exclusive to this release to this day.


"Take Me Home" is considered one of Collins' more well known songs, and has been in all of his tours since the No Jacket Required Tour. The song has remained popular among fans and remains the song of choice for encores at the majority of Collins' solo concerts.


Common interpretations of the song's topic are that it is about a man returning home, or that it is about the psychological manipulations of the totalitarian government from George Orwell's novel 1984.[3]

However, many believe the song lyrics refer to a patient in a mental institution[4] and that it is very much based on the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. [3]

"With a little help from my friends"[edit]

While recording "Long Long Way to Go," Collins asked Sting to provide backing vocals for this song as well. The song also features Collins' former Genesis band member, Peter Gabriel, and Helen Terry on backing vocals.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video directed by Jim Yukich and produced by Paul Flattery,[6] features Collins singing in various places around the world, including London, Paris, Tokyo, New York City, Sydney, Bremen, Memphis (Graceland), Los Angeles (Hollywood),[7] Stockholm, San Francisco, Kamakura, Chicago, St. Louis and Houston. Filming was completed on location when Collins' subsequent No Jacket Required World Tour was staged at the corresponding locale.

At the conclusion, Collins arrives home and hears a woman (his then wife, Jill) from inside the house asking him where he has been. He replies by saying he has been to some of the cities mentioned above. The woman replies "You've been down at the pub, haven't you?"


Reception for the song was mostly positive. Jan DeKnock of the Chicago Tribune said that the song was "hypnotic".[8] Geoff Orens of AllMusic said that the song was an AMG Track Pick, and that the "pulsating 'Take Me Home' utilizes the drama of 'In the Air Tonight' on a more wistful track".[9] David Fricke of Rolling Stone said that the song had "engaging, circular rhythm and languid melodic texture".[10] Marty Racine of the Houston Chronicle thought that "Take Me Home" was one of the few songs that "[rose] above the crowd [on the album]".[11]

Covers, remakes, and usage in media[edit]

"Take Me Home" appeared on the opening episode of the second season of popular Miami-based crime show Miami Vice,[12] much like Collins' own "In the Air Tonight" appeared in the series premiere a year earlier. The song was included on the Miami Vice II soundtrack album. The song was also the closing theme song for the World Wrestling Federation's television show, Saturday Night's Main Event for several years in the late 1980s.[13][14]

"Take Me Home" appeared on the Phil Collins tribute album Urban Renewal, as performed by Malik Pendleton.

In 2003, the hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony based their song "Home" on this single.[15] That version of the song featured the original song's chorus, and reached No. 19 in the UK. Collins appeared in the music video to sing the chorus.[15]

In 2014, R&B singer JoJo included her own revamped interpretation of "Take Me Home" on her three-track Valentine's Day EP, #LoveJo. The cover, which features production from Da Internz, has seen great acclaim for JoJo's vocals and its incorporation of Trap and 808 beats.[16] "The clear standout is her version of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home,' all militant stomp buried under ambient noise," said Sam Lansky of Time magazine. "Her voice soars and crashes over the glitchy, stuttering beat."[17]

In 2016, the song was prominently used in a scene from the season 2 premiere episode of USA's television series Mr. Robot, in which an executive of the show's villainous corporation is blackmailed into publicly burning $5.9 million of his own company's money.[18]

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Phil Collins, except where noted.

7" vinyl single[edit]

  • UK: Virgin / VS777

Side one
1."Take Me Home" (Edit)4:37
Side two
1."We Said Hello Goodbye"4:15

  • US: Atlantic / 7-89472
  • Germany: WEA / 258 830-7
  • Japan: WEA / P2058

Side one
1."Take Me Home" (Edit)4:37
Side two
1."Only You Know and I Know"CollinsCollins, Daryl Stuermer4:21

12" vinyl single[edit]

  • UK: Virgin / VS777-12
  • UK: Virgin / VSM777-12 (limited edition, in gatefold picture sleeve with integral fold-out map and stills from the "Take Me Home" video)

Side one
1."Take Me Home" (Extended Mix)8:07
Side two
1."Take Me Home" (Album Version)5:52
2."We Said Hello Goodbye"4:15

CD single[edit]

  • Japan: WEA International / WPCR-2066

1."Take Me Home" (Edit)4:37
2."We Said Hello Goodbye"4:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[19] 23
Irish Singles Chart[20] 13
UK Singles Chart[1] 19
Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[21] 64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[2] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[2] 2



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  11. ^ "Records". Houston Chronicle. 24 March 1985. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Prodigal Son". Miami Vice. Season 2. Episode 1. 27 September 1985.
  13. ^ "Saturday Night's Main Event #7". Richfield, Ohio. 4 October 1986. NBC. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  14. ^ "Saturday Night's Main Event #16". Springfield, Massachusetts. 30 April 1988. NBC. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  15. ^ a b "everyHit.com – UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyhit.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  16. ^ http://randomjpop.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/ep-review-jojo-lovejo.html
  17. ^ "Happy Valentine's Day From JoJo: Hear the Singer's Excellent New EP". Time. 14 February 2014.
  18. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/14/mr-robot-eps20unm4sk-pt1tceps20unm4sk-pt2tc-review
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  21. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 71. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.

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