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Phil Collins

I've been waiting for this moment for all my life

MMDE: Hold on

Current: Oh Lord

Was Phil Collins singing "Hold on" or "Oh Lord" in "In The Air Tonight"?

Many swear it was "Hold on", but has somehow now been changed to "Oh Lord".

There is an interesting back story to this - Phil recounted the time he saw a boy drown another one, and had it in mind when he wrote the lyrics. The problem there is it doesn't actually help clear up the mystery, since clearly either can be used whilst still making sense and fitting into that narrative.


"Hold on" makes a little more sense after the line "I've been waiting for this moment for all my life". It's still unclear though. People have even tried lipreading the video, with no luck.

There's another twist which is difficult to grasp, so hold on. Some are saying they can hear both simultaneously. Oh Lord!