Total Eclipse of the Heart Lyrics

Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit lonely
And you're never coming 'round
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit tired
Of listening to the sound of my tears
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit nervous
That the best of all the years have gone by
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit terrified
And then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart

Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit restless
And I dream of something wild
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit helpless
And I'm lying like a child in your arms
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit angry
And I know I've got to get out and cry
Turn around
Every now and then I get a little bit terrified
But then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Because we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's going to start tonight
Forever's going to start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

Turn around, bright eyes
Turn around, bright eyes
Turn around
Every now and then I know you'll never be
The boy you always wanted to be
Turn around
But every now and then I know you'll always be
The only boy who wanted me the way that I am
Turn around
Every now and then I know there's no one in the universe
As magical and wondrous as you
Turn around
Every now and then I know there's nothing any better
And there's nothing I just wouldn't do
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart
Turn around, bright eyes
Every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
Well be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Because we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's going to start tonight
Forever's going to start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
Nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
Song Info
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Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC
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Jun 08, 2001
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I dont know why people think this is a sad song. Its a very uplifting song if you really read the lyrics. Its about a woman who is past her prime and shes "falling apart" because of it but her only comfort is knowing her man still loves her completely. Hence "your love is a total eclipse of the heart" When she starts losing it "or falling apart" he tells her "turn around" and she knows if she does he'll make her feel better. Thats why she says "i really need you tonight, forevers gonna start tonight." This is a beautiful LOVE song

@Jon112384 I agree. This is a great love song. To me it sounds like she is depressed, and her partner is the best comfort she has because she knows no matter what he loves her.

I love this song. (though, I personally prefer the cover by the Protomen to the original.)

@Jon112384 I agree. This song is uplifting and a beautiful love song! I could listen to this song all day, however I personally prefer the cover by Sleeping at Last

@Jon112384 It is written in the Key of A minor. Minor modes are naturally sad in nature/ Major are usually snappy, and Happy. Minor = Sad, Major = Happy Capiche?

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A boyfriend i had long ago loved this song..& so did i..Suddenly in the prime of his life he passed away...at my final visit to his graveside..i wrote on a piece of paper "i need u now tonight..i need u more than ever..if u only hold me tight..we'll be holding on..f o r e v e r..." I never returned...

@musicmuse kinda creepy.

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I found the meaning here: faqs.org/lyrics/Bonnie-Tyler-Total-Eclipse-of-the-Heart.html

Long before singer Bonnie Tyler had a hit single with Total Eclipse of the Heart,'' songwriter Jim Steinman was already using the phraseturn around bright eyes'' in a song from his 1969 musical, The Dream Engine.'' Then, according to singer Meat Loaf, the song was slated to appear on his 1983 album,Midnight at the Lost and Found,'' but he couldn't get his record company to pay for Steinman's lyrics. The song was then passed along to Tyler, whose raspy vocals contributed to the song's success, hitting #1 on music charts worldwide.

Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart

There's nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart

The song was inspired by the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff in the novel, ``Wuthering Heights.'' While they shared an intense, passionate love for each other, their relationship was also toxic and destructive.

And so it is in ``Total Eclipse of the Heart.'' The singer is afraid to have her lover in her life, yet terrified at the thought he might leave. When they're together, their relationship is explosive, but when they're apart, the singer can find no light in her life. The lyrics clearly show just how torn the singer is.

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My gf broke up with me baout a week ago. I still cant get over here. I wrote her a good bye forever letter yesterday listening to this song, and just lost it. I couldnt stop crying. A song is only good if it instills emotions in you, and this one does it.

@vgnpwr801 (I would be amazed if you read this) Today, eleven years later, does this song still recall that moment?

@vgnpwr801 what about now, 19 years later?

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Its about a woman being past her prettiset or her youngest "Bright eyes" refers to her past beauty and inner life. "Turnaround" refers to looking back. She's maybe just refering to an old love wishing he would hold her so that she can feel desirable again. that's why the video is so mad and full of school boys. Its all about youth and beauty and about it passing. Tru it can be related to anypone splitting up or feeling unloved or losing their love and feeling they need it all back but primarily i be;live the sonfg is abotu a need to feel beautiful and have your youth back again "Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by" "I'm always in the dark" "Once upon a time I was falling in love But now I'm only falling apart" "Once upon a time there was light in my life But now there's only love in the dark" I also think this song has something to do with not knowing what love is when you're young and throwing it away but now she realises ho important it is

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Another thought crossed my mind when I listened to this song last night, and it's the line "Forever's gonna start tonight".

I think that line means she is going to commit suicide. This song is a final attempt to get this guy to understand that it's either meant-to-be, or she might as well kill herself. Death lasts forever, after all.

I actually really love that interpretation.

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this is the saddest, prettiest love song there is. i listened to it over and over after my first breakup. probably drove my family crazy.

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This song is is about a passionate woman who is afraid of real love and found a new truth she did not expect to find, so she's fighting her own heart because she feels vulnerable.

This woman is learning to open her heart through a deeper understanding of love, though it feels so vulnerable for her since she used to hide that heart which is a big heart but hidden.

"And if you only hold me tight We'll be holding on forever And we'll only be making it right 'Cause we'll never be wrong together"

She speaks of her love wanting to be held in her own vulnerability of learning to open her heart for this love greater than life, which releases her but frightens her a bit because nothing ever made her feel so vulnerable before.

The holding on forever means she wants to be held forever by her love because she never felt such incredible force going through her; the power of love beyond love.

"We can take it to the end of the line Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)"

The eclipse of the heart is a momentum in their love which is what the entire song comes down to; a powerful moment in a love like no other she wants to hold onto forever as said in further lyrics.

"I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks"

They're involved in a passionate, wonderous love that is mad in it's roots since it's so romantic it gives sparks and they're learning about themselves through it and the meaning of life, which can be turbulent but passionate and TRUE!!

"I really need you tonight Forever's gonna start tonight Forever's gonna start tonight"

That momentum, the eclipse of the heart, it describes the holding onto it by two lovers and making it eternal.. since the eclipse is a peak, an exalted event in this love, which is the beauty of real love since it's tragic, sad but potent and passion that is everything that takes it to a higher plane where it shines as the brightest star; this cosmic heart that brings two into one love.

"Turn around bright eyes"

Her love appearing to her at just the moment she was waiting for.

@lovesprophet that was interesting. Really though, the song was written for a musical about vampires.

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THE BEST SONG!!! play this real loud and sing and be all dramatic even if your horrible at singing like me!!!!! im serious, its FUN!!!!!!!

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It does make sense when you say drugs, but I still highly doubt it.

This song is one of the, possible "the", best song ever in my opinion. Even though I wasn't down at the moment, I listened to this song ALL the time the last winter for no reason at all. The first thing I did when I woke up was listen to it, I always had it on repeat on my stereo, always when at my computer, and I fell asleep listening to it.

Now, when I can relate to the lyrics I actually don't listen to it as often. But whoever made that comment about having sex while listening to this song, I have to agree. Even though I have yet to have sex, I have had my share of solo-experiences and when you love music you can't resist to not go along with the sound and the beat, just like when you're dancing. I'm not trying to be "naughty" here, just passionate.

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