"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" as written by and Michael/collins Rutherford....
I'm coming down
Coming down like a monkey
But it's all right
It's like a load on your back
That you can't see
Oh but it's all right
Try to shake it loose, cut it free
Let it go
Just get it away from me
''cause tonight, tonight, tonight
I'm gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
I'm going down
Going down like a monkey
But it's all right
It's like a helter skelter
Going down and down
Round and round
But just get it away from me
Because tonight, tonight, tonight
We're gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
I've got some money in my pocket
I don't remember where I got it
I gotta give it to you
So please answer the phone
'Cause I keep calling
But you're never home
What am I gonna do
Tonight, tonight, tonight
I'm gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
You keep telling me I've got everything
You say I've got everything I want
You keep telling me you're gonna help me
You're gonna help me but you don't
But now I'm in too deep
It's got me so that I just can't sleep
Get me out of here
Please get me out of here
Just help me I'll do anything
Anything if you'll just help
Get me out of here
I'm coming down
Coming down like a monkey
But it's all right
Like a load on your back
That you can't see
But it's all right
Try to shake it loose, cut it free
Let it go
But just get it away from me
'Cause tonight, tonight, tonight
May be we'll make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Please get me out of here
Someone get me out of here
Just help me I'll do anything
Anything if you'll just help
Get me out of here
Tonight I'm gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight


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"Tonight Tonight Tonight" as written by Phil Collins Michael Rutherford

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  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about drugs. An addict is desperate for his fix, but can't get hold of his dealer. Simple as that really!
    Stingfanon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is indeed about drug addiction, a druggie needing a fix and seeing his dealer. According to Mike Rutherford, it's broader meaning has to do with the nightlife in general, but originally it was about a drug addiction. The song was originally called "Monkey Zulu". Monkey was a term used for heroin. Zulu came from the sound of the synthesized percussion, which had an Afro-beat feel to it. Phil Collins wrote the lyrics.
    Jibril_Abdullahon August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line "It's like a helter skelter, going down and down, round and round" is referring to the Beatles song "Helter Skelter" as he says the same lyrics.
    pianodudeon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIm pretty sure this song is about drugs, and his addiction. The lines, "I'm coming down, coming down like a monkey" and "Just try to shake it loose, cut it free, let it go" are pretty good evidence for this. Any other thoughts?
    JeffJRD23on March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree with you JeffRD23...
    oldrocks93on June 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI never would've guessed hehe.I always laughed at that monkey part wondering if that's what he was really saying and why
    Boonechic_21on June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah is about someone dealing with their addictions. Monkey referance comes from beatles song can't remember what it's called "everybody's got something to say except for me and my monkey" think it's on white album but can't be sure.
    Same referance is in man on the corner.
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's defenitely about someone deciding to break an addiction... "Tonight, i'm gonna make it right"

    However I'm confused on the "Please answer the phone" deal; either "the addict" is calling someone who can help - or he's having too much withdrawal and suddenly experiences a relapse... or a desire to relapse...

    "I got some money in my pocket, about ready to burn I don't remember where I got it, I gotta get it to you"... hmmmm... assumed translation "I think i have enough to buy another bag..."
    budwheizzah1on July 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf anyone has seen the video, it helps with interpretation. the "addict" needs his buyer. He keeps calling, wanting to get in contact to buy more. His money is burning, needing to get it to someone, possibly the buyer.
    squonkon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, it would seem that this song is about drugs, but you can also interpret it from the "Blade Runner" style video as maybe being someone in a relationship who is mentally disturbed, or perhaps even someone who has been kidnapped or assaulted.
    actionfrankdollon July 03, 2007   Link

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