"This Night" as written by and Billy Joel....
Didn't I say
I wasn't ready for romance?
Didn't we promise
We would only be friends?
And so we danced
Though it was only a slow dance,
I started breaking my promises right there and then

Didn't I swear
There would be no complications?
Didn't you want
Someone who's seen it all before?
Now that you're here
It's not the same situation,
Suddenly I don't remember the rules anymore

This night is mine
It's only you and I
Tomorrow is a long time away
This night can last forever

I've been around
Someone like me should know better
Falling in love
Would be the worst thing I could do
Didn't I say
I needed time to forget her?
Aren't you running
From someone who's not over you?

How many nights
Have I been lonely without you?
I tell myself
How much I really don't care
How many nights
Have I been thinking about you?
Wanting to hold you
But knowing you would not be there

But this night you're mine
It's only you and I
I'll tell you to forget yesterday
This night we are together

This night is mine
It's only you and I
Tomorrow is a long time away
This night can last forever

This night
Ooh
Ooh

Tomorrow is such a long time away
This night can last forever


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"This Night" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThe melody in the chorus ("This night you're mine, it's only you and I ...") is a melody from either Beethoven's 4th or 6th.
    wpoton October 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat great lines

    How many nights
    Have I been lonely without you
    I tell myself
    How much I really don't care

    How many nights
    Have I been thinking about you
    Wanting to hold you
    But knowing you would not be there

    Man, its when you really like this girl, but you are trying to fool yourself out of it but than the next line is how you really do want her, but sadly she isnt there with you. Sadly, I know that feeling a little too well. :-(
    eaglesfan81on April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think a guy and a girl have been messing around even though she has a boyfriend, both promising no complications or any love really. But of course, he starts to have feelings for her, and he wants his nights with her to last forever even though she'll be with her boyfriend tomorrow.
    TheModNymphon April 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthey have both been burned in the past, and meet each other, and say they're going to take it slow. but it turns serious a lot faster than expected. who wants to jump into a new relationship right after a bad one? they both realize it's the right thing, though.

    Didn't I say
    I needed time to forget her
    Aren't you running from someone
    Who's not over you
    luckye225on May 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata for Piano (Sonata No. 8), the second movement. I really love how he incorporated classical into pop.
    bassoonosauruson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely talking about two people who just got over bad relationships and said they'd just "be friends," then realized they weren't doing such a good job of that. they just can't deny that they have feelings for each other. "tomorrow is such a long time away, this night can last forever." he's saying he knows it's wrong, but just for tonight they are going to forget the rules.
    lyss222on July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUm, The melody isn't from Beethoven's "4th or 6th" (Seriously dude???). It is from the second movement of Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, aka Sonata Pathétique.

    While Billy Joel credits Beethoven in the liner notes, he never acquired permission or rights from Beethoven's estate. Beethoven's ancestor, Malcolm Beethoven is quoted in the January 1983 Spin magazine on the subject: "I've heard the track, and yes you can see that the melody is derivative of that piano number, but really they are two different songs, so the estate decided not to take legal action". Since the song was never released as a single, there was no way to quantify what damages would be due to the Beethoven's regardless.
    aharmon April 16, 2010   Link

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