"Tonight" as written by Anthony St. Aubyn Kelly and Wayne O. Ramsay....
Come around and say you love me
Hang your heart and lights above me
Is that too much to ask for
When the night descends upon us
Take a shower, dry your hair by the furnace
I'll watch you from the corner

Telephones and old typewriters
Words of love along the wires
Lets make it work tonight
Telegraphs and birds that fly
Through air so still you hear me sigh
Lets make it work tonight
Tonight
Tonight

Then furious you threw the picture
I cap in hand, an awful mixture
That kind of hard love is the worst
I try to speak
But you don't hear me
When your gone
You still feel near me
For awhile
For a little while

I try telephones and old typewriters
Words of love along the wires
But nothing is working tonight
I try telegraphs and birds that fly
Through air so still you hear me sigh
But nothing is working tonight
Tonight
Please let's make it work tonight
Please let's make it work tonight
Tonight


Lyrics submitted by Skeptic

"Tonight" as written by Tasman Strachan Lucy Campbell

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commenti really love this song. it's just so beautiful. torquil's voice is amazing.
    catchinstarson April 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know what
    "I, cap in hand, an awful mixture"
    means?
    DownIsTheNewUpon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know if there's sheet music out there for this song? I'd love to have a link to it, if anyone's got one. This song...it's gorgeous, just trying to make a possibly good thing work out.
    Most_Eclecticof_Allon April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I, cap in hand, an awful mixture"

    they've been drinking
    gwf25on July 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"cap in hand" is an idiom meaning submissively. Imagine what is going on in the lyrics, you've probably experienced it at some point in your life where one partner gets violent/angry while the other one sees this and does anything to win their favor to calm them down.
    dtsneakon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTake a shower, dry your hair by the furnace
    I'll watch you from the corner

    I think thats one of the most romantic lines ever written.

    dtsneak has it right about cap in hand. Shes throwing things and hes begging her to stop - both of them are playing parts that arent healthy for the relationship.
    episodeivon January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, about an attempt at a lovers reunion, for me I believe the key to this song can be found in the lines:
    "I try to speak but you don't hear me
    When you're gone you still feel near me
    For awhile, for a little while"
    Throughout the song he's attempting to contact his lover through telegraphs, telephones, carrier pigeons ("birds that fly through the air so you hear me sigh") but failing to being able to.
    The "cap in hand" line strongly hints that it's the 2nd person who broke off the relationship. The narrator appears as dtsneak mentioned to be the submissive character in this scenario.
    The song ends with "nothing is working tonight" and then some pleading, but more importantly doesn't inform the listener as to what happens, leaving them in the same position as the narrator, in want of more.
    Beautiful song.
    mr-numbon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe first time I listened to this was in my car, I didn't pay much attention. But when I got home I had this urge to listen to it again because the piano kept playing inside my head.
    I was taken by the flow of the piano and Torquil's words.
    To me the song is about that big fight in your relationship and you're playing the part of the good guy (or guilty guy) trying to mend things, trying to make it work again.
    rio197on February 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI heard this today for the first time. It's been on my iPod for ages, and I just went past it, thought I'd give it a listen, and fell in love. It's so gorgeous, so beautiful. The lyrics are sad and a bit haunting, and the music is just so soft and inviting, it's hard to resist. Excellent song.
    jojomeimeion April 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love it.
    chrismccabeon April 17, 2009   Link

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