Tonight
The Four Lads Lyrics


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Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night
Tonight there will be no morning star

Tonight, tonight, I'll see my love tonight
And for us, stars will stop where they are

Today the minutes seem like hours
The hours go so slowly
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright and make this endless day
Endless night, tonight

Today, the world was just an address
A place for me to live in
No better than alright





But here you are and what was just a world
Is a star, tonight

Overall Meaning

The Four Lads's song "Tonight" depicts the feelings of a man who is eagerly waiting to meet his love. The song has a joyful and uplifting tone that reflects the singer's anticipation of the meeting. The lyrics, "Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night, tonight there will be no morning star" express that the night ahead is one of importance and value, and there will be no celestial force that can dim its shine. The subsequent lyrics, "Tonight, tonight, I'll see my love tonight, and for us, stars will stop where they are" create a sense of timelessness, as the singer perceives that the world is being stopped just for him and his love. The moon's brightness adds to the romantic ambiance, and the singer eagerly awaits the night to turn into an endless night, bringing him one step closer to the meeting.


In the first verse, "today the minutes seem like hours, the hours go so slowly, and still the sky is light" depicts the singer's restlessness and impatience. The impending meeting has made time slow and has left the singer utterly vulnerable to his emotions. The lyrics, "today, the world was just an address, a place for me to live in, no better than alright" denote a life without love, an incomplete experience for the singer. However, the arrival of his love changes everything as "what was just a world is a star, tonight."


Line by Line Meaning

Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night
This night is really special and different from all other nights.


Tonight there will be no morning star
We won't see the morning star in the sky tonight.


Tonight, tonight, I'll see my love tonight
I'm going to see my love tonight.


And for us, stars will stop where they are
The stars in the sky will seem like they have stopped moving just for us.


Today the minutes seem like hours
Time feels like it's passing so slowly today.


The hours go so slowly
Even an hour feels like it's taking forever to pass.


And still the sky is light
Even though it feels like time has stopped, it's actually still early in the day.


Oh moon, grow bright and make this endless day
I wish the moon would shine brightly and make this never-ending day come to an end.


Endless night, tonight
I hope tonight doesn't feel like an endless day and instead becomes a beautiful night.


Today, the world was just an address
The world was just a boring place to live in before you came into my life.


A place for me to live in
It was just a plain and ordinary place to exist in.


No better than alright
It wasn't anything special, just okay.


But here you are and what was just a world
Now that you're here, it isn't just a world anymore.


Is a star, tonight
It's become something special, like a star shining bright in the sky tonight.




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Comments from YouTube:

Ronald Wolf

Excellent! Jinny always was distinguishable, with his beautiful tenor voice.
Even at 84, I still love to play the Lads music.

Jymster46

They were just a great quartet. I am so happy that there music came out on CD. I bought everything I could. I play them often. Thanks so much for listening to this one!
Jim

ClassicDamsel

I have yet to see "West Side Story" (I really want to see it!), but I'm familiar with the music and this is such a lovely version of "Tonight". And as Heather said, the pictures you chose of Natalie Wood are marvelous! She was such a lovely woman. Thank you for yet another delightful video!

Jymster46

@sorrowfulflower Thanks so much, Heather! I love the song and I love the way The Four Lads sing it! I need to get the DVD out and watch the movie again soon. Thanks so much for the very nice comments! Take Care, my Friend! Jim

Odilon da Silva Rocha

pensamos que IL DIVO "inovou" ao gravar, quarteto masculino, esta maravilha de ´música...aí...vemos que nos anos 50...foi
gravada por THE FOUR LADS....e a orquestra que os acompanhava era, se estou certo, DON COSTA. Tudo de primeira.

Jymster46

@azw596 Quartet harmony at it's best here from The Four Lads, I think. I love their music! Thank you so much for the nice comments and for watching the video! Have a Great week! Jim

Jymster46

@ClassicDamsel You are very welcome, Classic Damsel! Great movie and wonderful music, for sure! Thank you so much for watching and leaving a very nice comment! I am so glad you liked this one! Jim

Donna M Brenz

Really great. Thanx

Rudi Polt

very fine Song

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