Tonight, Tonight - Remastered 2012

by The Smashing Pumpkins

Jun 15, 1996
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“Sunday evenings always consist of somehow some epic classics popping up.... Sunday’s aren’t complete without some epic songs like this & the video is brilliant too!! 🙌”

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Lyrics for Tonight, Tonight - Remastered 2012 by The Smashing Pumpkins:

Verse 1
Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave
Without leaving a piece of youth
And our lives are forever changed
We will never be the same
The more you change the less you feel

Pre-Chorus 1
Believe in me
Believe, believe
That life can change
That you're not stuck in vain
We're not the same
We're different

Tonight (tonight)
Tonight, so bright
Tonight (tonight)

Verse 2
And you know you're never sure
But you're sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light
And the embers never fade
In your city by the lake
The place where you were born

Pre-Chorus 2
Believe in me
Believe, believe
In the resolute urgency of now
And if you believe there's not a chance

Tonight (tonight)
Tonight, so bright
Tonight (tonight)

We'll crucify the insincere tonight (tonight)
We'll make things right
We'll feel it all tonight (tonight)
We'll find a way to offer up the night tonight
The indescribable moments of your life (tonight)
The impossible is possible tonight (tonight)
Believe in me as I believe in you

Tonight, tonight...

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Song Facts

While Billy Corgan himself has revealed very little regarding the meaning behind the lyrics, the theme of “Tonight, Tonight” is one of hope. To find the courage to lose oneself in the moment where all is possible.

The little information Corgan has given can be found in the 2012 liner notes:

Lyrically there were a few nods to Cheap Trick and Yeats, but the message I scrawled out was mine alone; rare in its direct honesty

In 1997, Corgan offered some commentary on the recording process:

When we were still in the middle of Siamese Dream touring, I booked us into a Chicago studio to just put all of our ideas down to tape. “Tonight” was one of those ideas…I never thought “Tonight, Tonight” would be a single. I just didn’t think people would get it. Also, I have to say that recording the 30-piece string section was probably one of the most exciting recording experiences I have ever had.

The music video was inspired by George Méliès' silent film A Trip to the Moon. Méliès' name is actually written on a steamboat in the music video.

The video for “Tonight, Tonight” dominated the 1996 MTV VMA’s with 8 nominations and 6 wins.

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