There is an urban legend about this song, claiming that Phil Collins wrote this song after witnessing a friend drown, but he was unable to help. Supposedly there was a person close to the incident who could have helped, but he stood idly by. Collins then tracks down the person in question, and gives him front row tickets to one of his shows to humiliate him.

In fact, the song is about Collin's frustration and bitterness over the end of the marriage with his first wife.