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Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" + Lyrics

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Phil Collins "Against All Odds" (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins from the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name starring, The Dude (Jeff Bridges- The Big Lebowski). Accordingly, "Against All Odds" was created explicitly for the movie. A number one MTV video for several weeks, MTV ranked it as number 4 in its 1984 year-end top 20 video countdown. Taylor Hackford (Director), who previously used a song for the 1982 American drama film An Officer and a Gentleman, planned the same for the neo-noir 1984 film Against All Odds, which is a remake of Out of the Past. It is a power ballad in which a person implores an ex-lover to "take a look at me now", knowing that reconciliation is "against all odds" while considering it worth trying. The single, while it reached number two in the United Kingdom, peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, the first for Collins. The song has been covered by several singers, some of which versions have been successful in both the US and UK markets. One of the most notable versions was the pairing of Mariah Carey and boyband Westlife, whose single peaked at number one in the United Kingdom in September 2000. Collins was approached to write the title song to the film Against All Odds while it was still in its "rough cut form". At the time the soundtrack was being completed, Collins was on tour as the lead vocalist/drummer with British progressive rock group Genesis. Director Taylor Hackford flew in to Chicago to catch one of the concert's venues. Collins watched the movie on a video recorder in his hotel room, and agreed to appear on the soundtrack. Originally titled "How Can You Just Sit There?", the song was initially from the sessions for Collins' debut solo album Face Value (1981), and it was one of about a dozen written for his first wife, who had left him. Collins wrote the entire song, while arranger Arif Mardin produced it. The strings and piano tracks were recorded in New York to accommodate the tour, while Mardin did the vocals and drums in Los Angeles. Rob Mounsey played piano and keyboard bass, Collins sang and played the drums with his (and Hugh Padgham's) trademark gated reverb sound, and a string arrangement by Mardin completed the production. Lyrics: How can I just let you walk away - just let you leave without a trace? When I stand here taking every breath with you, oooo You're the only one who really knew me at all How can you just walk away from me when all I can do is watch you leave? 'cause we've shared the laughter and the pain, and even shared the tears You're the only one who really knew me at all So, take a look at me now - well, there's just an empty space And there's nothing left here to remind me - just the memory of your face Take a look at me now, well, there's just an empty space And you coming back to me is against the odds and that's what I've got to face I wish I could just make you turn around - turn around and see me cry There's so much I need to say to you - so many reasons why You're the only one who really knew me at all So take a look at me now, well, there's just an empty space And there's nothing left here to remind me - just the memory of your face Now, take a look at me now 'cause there's just an empty space But to wait for you is all I can do and that's what I've got to face Take a good look at me now 'cause I'll still be standing here And you coming back to me is against all odds - it's the chance I've got to take Take a look at me, now