"Tonight" as written by Shaffer Smith, Nick L. Van De Wall and Armando Christian Perez....
My mind is like an orchard
Clustered in frozen portraits
Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine
I've seen them all tonight

Who'd keep a silent orchard
I'll shove it all to the floor boards
Her rusty heart starts to whine, in its tell tale time so
For freedom tonight

Life is a measly portion
A light on good friends and fortune
It strips you away inside, drawn all your blinds
Conceal it all from sight

You took that final courter
Shot the boy, no quarter
We'll skip to the final line of some suicide note well publicized
Or give it up tonight

Carry with bursting order
To the options you've laid before you
The needle, the dirty spoon, the flames and the fumes
Just throw them out tonight

The time that you've been afforded
May go unsolved, unrewarded
Some nameless you cannot know, may be coming to show you
Unbridled love and light

Should you grow an orchard?
Covered in dusty portraits
Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine
I'll listen up tonight

Don't keep it silent orchard
Shove it all to the floorboards
Your rusty heart will be fine, in its tell tale time
So give it up tonight


Lyrics submitted by astoker, edited by monomania

"Tonight" as written by Jordan Feliz Jonathan Lindley Smith

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    General CommentI believe I heard it on an interview with the band that it is a little about suicide; to not lock yourself into yourself (sorry for my english:P) :
    "Don’t keep it silent and tortured"
    "Your busted heart will be fine"
    give up your inner struggling, open yourself up to the people around you, if you are depressed you must give up and seek help and advice, don't hide yourself from the world, don't commit suicide... tonight.
    peter13on June 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentat first i thought that the song was not necessarily about drugs. but a second thought reveals to me that it is about drugs or the rejection of drugs. but it is from the point of view of a non-junkie, maybe talking to a junkie friend.

    the first stanza describes the world or consciousness as it is experienced by the speaker.
    _____________________________________________
    My mind is like an orchard
    Clustered in frozen portraits
    Of Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine
    I’ve seen 'em all tonight
    _____________________________________________

    it seems like a description of a photographic memory from the inside.

    i don't know what to make of the "drop from the vine" part, only that is a fucking beautiful metaphor.


    in the next stanza the speaker suggests that he could keep his mind (an orchard of memories) silent, and torture it (himself) by not sharing his visions (frozen portraits) with the world, but his heart whines, so [we'll] free up [our] hearts or consciousnesses or needs to create or share that with the world (even by experiencing life)
    ___________________________________________
    Could keep it silent and tortured
    Or shove it unto the floor boards
    A rusty heart starts to whine,
    In its tell tale time
    so free it up tonight
    ___________________________________________



    in the next stanza,... i will have to continue later
    smitchyon August 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with hyperhypothetical, in the sense that this song is a broad reference to not dealing with things alone etc.

    As far as I see it, the song is written from the position of a caring friend, as oppossed to being from the direct point of view of the drug taker/depressed person. The first stanza:

    My mind is like an orchard
    Clustered in frozen portraits
    Of Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine
    I’ve seen 'em all tonight

    Seems to me to be that 'caring friend' referring to all the good friends (frozen portraits) he's lost to drug use and insular depression (blossoms so fine...[that] drop from the vine).

    This 'caring friend' motif is continued through the song in language of the lyrics, which seem to be shaped as advice-from-experience to someone who is a potential 'dropping bloom'. This is confirmed in stanza 7 with: "Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine. Oh, listen up tonight"

    So, for me, the song is essentially re-assuring advice being given by the singer (whether literally or poetically), who has seen too many friends fall prey to drug use, and wants to let those who may still be saved that it is all ok and that "Your busted heart will be fine, In its telltale time, So give it up tonight"
    ben_sb_vexon September 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought i might have heard

    "blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vinyl"

    for some reason that makes me smile..
    bkim6on August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just noticed that this song has 60 bpm.
    bkim6on August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment2nd verse

    "could keep it silent and tortured" should replace "who'd keep a silent orchard"
    Master Phaidon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe needle, the dirty spoon, the flames and the fumes
    Just throw them out tonight

    Rejection of heroin use.

    The time that you’ve been afforded
    May go unsolved, unrewarded
    Some nameless you cannot know, may be coming to show you
    Unbridled love and light

    Essentially this is saying that life takes bad turns and there are things that we cannot understand, but yet there are positive aspects to life.
    couldBanyoneon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere are th lyrics from the booklet. There are some big differences, so relisten to the song, and it will change some things. Love the Edgar Allen Poe reference to "The Tell-Tale Heart." If you have not read the story, after you do, you will see the immediate references.
    camboronon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy mind is like an orchard
    Clustered in frozen portraits
    Of Blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine
    I’ve seen 'em all tonight

    Could keep it silent and tortured
    Or shove it unto the floor boards
    A rusty heart starts to whine,
    In its tell tale time
    so free it up tonight

    Life deals a measly portion
    Light on good friends and fortune
    It's chipped you away inside,
    and drawn all your blinds
    Conceal ed it all from sight

    Could cut that final corner
    Charge the void no quarter
    Or skip to the final line of some
    suicide note well publicized
    Or give it up tonight

    Kindly reverse the order
    of the options you’ve laid before you
    The needle, the dirty spoon
    ,the flames and the fumes
    Just throw them out
    tonight

    The time that you’ve been afforded
    May go unsung, unrewarded
    Some nameless you cannot know
    ,may be coming to show you
    Unbridled love and light

    Should you grow in an orchard?
    Covered in dusty portraits
    Blossoms that bloom so fine
    ,just to drop from the vine
    Oh, listen up tonight

    Don’t keep it silent and tortured
    Or shove it all to the floorboards
    Your busted heart will be fine
    In its telltale time
    So give it up tonight
    camboronon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is gorgeous.

    Not quite sure what it's about, but I love how TV On the Radio's lyrics always challenge you and make you think, cos that's what songs should be about.
    CaitlinLikeWhoaon February 21, 2007   Link

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