But Not Tonight
Depeche Mode Lyrics


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Oh God, it's raining
But I'm not complaining
It's filling me up with new life

The stars in the sky bring tears to my eyes
They're lighting my way tonight

And I haven't felt so alive in years

Just for a day
On a day like today
I'll get away from this constant debauchery

The wind in my hair makes me so aware
How good it is to live tonight

And I haven't felt so alive in years

The moon is shining in the sky
Reminding me of so many other nights
But they're not like tonight

Oh God, it's raining and I'm not containing
My pleasure at being so wet

Here on my own
All on my own
How good it feels to be alone tonight

And I haven't felt so alive in years

The moon is shining in the sky
Reminding me of so many other nights
When my eyes have been so red




I've been mistaken for dead
But not tonight

Overall Meaning

Depeche Mode's "But Not Tonight" is an emotional and contemplative song that explores themes of isolation and freedom. The opening line "Oh God, it's raining, but I'm not complaining" sets the tone for the rest of the song, as the singer finds beauty and rejuvenation in the rainfall. The stars in the sky are also a source of inspiration and wonder, and the singer feels like they are being guided towards a new chapter in their life.


The chorus highlights the singer's desire for escape and a break from their current lifestyle, which they refer to as "constant debauchery". The wind in their hair serves as a reminder of the exhilaration that comes with living in the moment and embracing the present. These moments of clarity make the singer feel more alive than they have in years.


The second verse further emphasizes the singer's appreciation for solitude and the freedom that comes with being alone. Being drenched in the rain is a symbol of being cleansed and washed of past burdens, allowing the singer to feel fully present in the moment. The moon serves as a bittersweet reminder of past nights that were not as fulfilling or life-affirming as the present moment.


Overall, "But Not Tonight" is a song about finding joy and meaning in the present moment, even in the midst of difficulties and past struggles. It encapsulates the feeling of being alive and present, and embracing the power of solitude and reflection.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh God, it's raining
Despite the rain, I have a positive outlook on this situation


But I'm not complaining
Rather than complain, I am embracing the rain and its effects


It's filling me up with new life
The rain is providing me with a new sense of energy


The stars in the sky bring tears to my eyes
I am emotional because the stars are guiding me on my path tonight


They're lighting my way tonight
The stars are showing me the right direction for the evening


And I haven't felt so alive in years
I feel a genuine sense of vibrancy that has been lacking in my life for years


Just for a day
Even if just for one day


On a day like today
Especially on a day as unique as this one


I'll get away from this constant debauchery
I am taking a break from my usual wild and excessive behavior


The wind in my hair makes me so aware
The wind is causing me to be more present and mindful


How good it is to live tonight
I am acutely aware of the joys of being alive in this moment


The moon is shining in the sky
The moon is illuminating my surroundings


Reminding me of so many other nights
The moon is bringing back memories of similar experiences


But they're not like tonight
Despite the familiar memories, tonight's experience is unique and special


Oh God, it's raining and I'm not containing
I cannot contain my happiness at being in the rain


My pleasure at being so wet
I am enjoying getting drenched in the rain


Here on my own
I am alone this evening


All on my own
Completely by myself


How good it feels to be alone tonight
I am feeling content and satisfied being alone tonight


When my eyes have been so red
On other nights, my eyes have been red from crying


I've been mistaken for dead
Others may have thought I was lifeless


But not tonight
But not tonight, I am very much alive




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Martin Gore

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@malarki5

 
Oh God, it's raining 
But I'm not complaining 
It's filling me up 
With new life 

The stars in the sky 
Bring tears to my eyes 
They're lighting my way 
Tonight 

And I haven't felt so alive 
In years 

Just for a day 
On a day like today 
I'll get away from 
This constant debauchery 

The wind in my hair 
Makes me so aware 
How good it is to live 
Tonight 

And I haven't felt so alive 
In years 

The moon 
Is shining in the sky 
Reminding me 
Of so many other nights 
But they're not like tonight 

Oh God, it's raining 
And I'm not containing 
My pleasure at being 
So wet 
Here on my own 
All on my own 
How good it feels to be alone 
Tonight 

And I haven't felt so alive 
In years 

The moon 
Is shining in the sky 
Reminding me 
Of so many other nights 
When my eyes have been so red 
I've been mistaken for dead 
But not tonight 



All comments from YouTube:

@jessjohnson2431

Driving at night with all of the windows down, playing this song as loud as possible creates such a euphoric atmosphere. God I love Depeche Mode!!!

@suopis1976

Jess Johnson Exactly!!!

@mpbarr538

Jess, I've done the exact same thing before. I swore that the whole universe came together and made sense for that very moment. Driving in the dark on the back road of my home town, with the music on full blast and me singing with Dave...pure happiness!

@ShamballaStyles

Swing by pick me up!!! I wanna go!!!

@chudstyle4861

And I haven’t felt so alive in years... LOVE LOVE LOVE

@enriqueperez8833

Jess Johnson And here I thought I was the only one that did that with Depeche Mode-Great feeling! I agree!

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@PullejaceusCanes

You will be missed Andy. Thanks for the music and memories.

@garycarr3857

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@garycarr3857

Depeche Mode But Not Tonight 1986

@garycarr3857

1986

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