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Song Released: 1981


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Look up on the wall, there on the floor,
Under the pillow, behind the door.
There's a crack in the mirror.
Somewhere there's a hole in a window-pane.
Do you think I'm to blame?
Tell me do you think I'm to blame?

(When they do it) you're never...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 5th, 12:42am report


    I never thought too hard on it. Sounded like about suspicion,and consequence. A mystery of some sort. Or a metaphor. Good song.



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    BillyJ
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    Mar 13th, 2018 3:13pm report


    According to Phil Collins, ABACAB was a way of remembering the sequence of the song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KhF52l83M8

    A was the verse
    B was the chorus
    A was the verse
    C was the bridge
    A was the verse
    B was the chorus



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2017 10:27pm report


    According to all the members of Genesis in an interview available on the 1976 to 1982 blue box set. A refers to verse 1. B refers to chorus 1. A refers to verse 2. C refers to chorus 2. A refers to verse 3. B refers to back to chorus 1. The word abacab totally refers to the songs arrangement. If I was going to give the word abacab a meaning it would be " to be wrongfully blamed for something you did not do." Because the lyrics suggest that in the chorus before abacab is used.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 2nd, 2016 11:40pm report


    Letting out his feeling to his wife that cheated on him. Abacab is just a crazy sense he was in when he found out, and what that crazy sense would think about doing to her. But there's a hole in there somewhere....



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    kooljohn176
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    May 20th, 2016 5:59pm report


    A great tune with a tight beat sung by GENISIS singer PHIL COLLINS that was probably not meant for ''Abacab'' to have a meaning or any sense like many songs that are just meant to ryme with words to create a great sound. Unless ''ABACAB'' is used as a ''Metaphor'' for a Invisible entity or as the intruder that came into his life by thoughts that haunt him psycologicly when he found out or was told that his loved one was fooling around or seeing someone else on the side. So he seems to be freaking out and imagines what's going on that caused these ''mentally created thoughts'' coming through walls,ceiling and mirror cracks made to feel even worse and paranoid looking at the pictures of her. Anotherwords, when, Out of love for someone you love, sometimes a person compromises against his principles to keep the love going that never really loved him back to the point that to many haunting entities are trying to come in through the cracks that the love is not filling anymore.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 19th, 2016 1:12am report


    It's about Phil's wife at the time who was cheating on him...this came from Phil himself. BTW Phil didn't write Lion King that was Elton John!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 9th, 2015 8:33am report


    No meaning? Are you kidding... No insight.. Phil was losing his wife.....She was no doubt cheating on him... If this wasn't the intent then it clearly points to a similar type of case...



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    anonymous
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    Aug 21st, 2014 8:39pm report


    Beating, murder and wrapped up.



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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 2014 5:36pm report


    The song is about infidelity. It opens by describing things that seem out of place at the flat, but that he didn't do... "Crack in the mirror, hole in the windowpane"... "Tell me, do you think I'm to blame?" Then talks about the actual act... "When they do it you're never there..." Later refers to it directly... "Taken someone else's girl".... Then, and this is a stretch, I think he talks about torturing/killing them via asphyxiation while they are asleep in bed... "Covered in cellophane... You know there's a hole in there somewhere!"

    Pretty f'd up for the guy who wrote the Lion King !



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2013 7:05pm report


    It is the progression of chords in the song. A B A C A B.
    The rest of the lyrics are so non sensical to have any real meaning other than that they were high and drunk when they wrote them to the music they had been jamming on. They aren't supposed to be any kind of profound hidden revelation to anything at all. Just a series of sentences that fell out onto the sheet at a time of creativity.




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