Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

Following my recent semi-theme of poems about musical legends, I thought I’d share one concerning Phil Collins. Whatever jokes in my previous posts may suggest, I am a huge fan of Phil Collins’ work both in Genesis and as a solo artist. This poem is part of a project I’ve been working on for a couple of years now, which I am currently calling ‘The Phil Collins Saga’. The Phil Collins Saga features a fictionalised version of Phil Collins who is essentially a pathetic loser (please note ‘fictionalised version’. I don’t want to be sued.). He makes a deal with Death who promises him fame, wealth, and popularity. In return, Death is able to control the minds of billions of people worldwide through Phil’s music. It’s a story about greed, friendship, and the consequences of our actions. ‘Something Happened On The Way To Heaven’ finds Phil at the peak of his power and influence over the minds of his fans.

Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

We had a life
He starts the show
We had a love
The trumpets blow
But something happened…
Lights are low

Then suddenly grow brighter

The old bean gazes
At his crowd
The brass is blaring
High and loud
And Phil just sits there
Vain and proud

He’ll make it an all-nighter

The people scream
And bleat like sheep
The women shout
As grown men weep
Collapsing in
A sobbing heap

While others start undressing

The power of
The reaper’s deal:
They cease the roar
And start to kneel
Believing he’s
The power to heal

They clamour for his blessing

He strides upon
The upturned palms
Inducing tears
Inspiring psalms
Then others rush
To lick the arms

Of those on whom he trod

His face now glows
With holy light
His shining bonce
A wondrous sight
He bids them all
A blessed night

Then leaves the stage a God

It's very hard to sleep with you all watching me like that Phils

It’s very hard to sleep with you all watching me like that Phils

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  1. Pingback: Bring Me Phil Collins | Ben's Bad Poetry

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