Lyrics to Chance Meeting

Lyrics to the song Chance Meeting as recorded by Roxy Music.

Words & Music by Bryan Ferry

I never thought I'd see you again
Where have you been until now?
Well how are you?
How have you been?
It's a long time since we last met

It seems like yesterday
When I first saw you
In your red dress mine
How could I forget that day?
I know that time spent well is so rare



Chance Meeting

Album Track

This haunting ballad has been a live favourite through the early tours featured on the live Roxy album 'Viva' with impressive oboe work by Andy Mackay. A session was done for John Peel for his BBC sesions on 23rd June 1972.

Chance Meeting remained unplayed from 1974/5 until Bryan Ferry's As Time Goes By Tour. This was the first Roxy song played on that 1999 tour which was warmly received by the fans who didn't know what to expect when he toured with a Jazz band performing '30's standards. The string section and the trombone work brought a new dimension to the instrumental refrains with this arrangement.

Bryan Ferry re-recorded this and used it as the b-side to his solo single The 'In'Crowd and it also featured on his Let's Stick Together.

Chance Meeting has been covered by Mike Rep And The Quotas on 'A Tree Stump Named Desire'.

Chance Meeting was inspired by the movie Brief Encounter 1945
Directed by David Lean

What Phil Says....

"On the album I got the chance to prepare some stuff beforehand on my Revox, but even then a lot of it was improvised on the spot. On 'Chance Meeting' they wanted me to play backwards, or rather play forwards while the tape went backwards. When that failed dismally I tried feedback which meant playing so loud I couldn't hear Bryan singing, only the chord changes. Eno likes that a lot - randomness. Taping one track and then sticking another one over the top without listening to the first one. And with Chance Meeting it was singularly appropriate."

Song Musicians

Chance Meeting is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums