The Phil Collins Song Referring To ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’

Just as all branches of art inspire each other, literature works can lead to a song’s creation. Since music and literature have something in common, storytelling, it’s usual to see artists inspired by novels. Moreover, many musicians admitted to having books as sources for their songs. Phil Collins is one of the influential songwriters who gives importance to storytelling in his works.

Primarily known as Genesis’s lead vocalist and drummer, Phil Collins had an essential spot in the rock scene, especially from the early ’80s to the ’90s. While writing his songs, Collins’ primary inspiration was his memories and other art forms. Ken Kesey’s novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ once inspired him for the song he wrote for his 1985 album ‘No Jacket Required.’

Phil Collins Created A Song After A Novel

‘No Jacket Required,’ for which Phil Collins had many successful songs, earned Grammys, and received much praise from music critics. With the sound and lyrics, the album had a significant impact on the rock world. The single ‘Take Me Home‘ from the album became among the tops in the US. It is still among one of the best songs of Collins.

Besides its sound, the song also gained attention with its lyrics. In the track, the audience is listening to the interior monologue of a patient in a mental institution. The vocalist revealed in a past conversation with VH1 Storytellers that the novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey, published in 1962, inspired him. The book’s setting was a mental hospital, as in the song. The director Milos Forman also made the same-titled movie based on the novel in 1995 which Jack Nicholson starred as the main character Randle McMurphy.

As a successful vocalist, Phil Collins found inspiration for his works everywhere. As he has told about his experiences and memories, the novels are also a source of inspiration for him. One of them was the novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,’ which had a notable place in the literature during the creation process of ‘Take Me Home.’ Though the song was not as successful as other singles from the album in the US, it still reached the top 10, peaking at number 7, proving that drawing inspiration from such a classic literature work can pay off.

You can listen to the song below.