"Hiding Tonight" as written by and Alex Turner....
Tomorrow I'll be quicker
I'll stare into the strobe light flicker
And afloat I'll stay
But I'm quite alright hiding today

Tomorrow I'll be faster
I'll catch what I've been chasing after
And have time to play
But I'm quite alright hiding today

And I will play the coconut shy
And win a prize even if it's rigged
I won't know when to stop
And you can leave off my lid, and I won't even lose my fizz
I'll be the polka dots type
I'll know the way back, if you know the way
But if you are, I am quite alright, hiding today

Tomorrow I'll be stronger, running colorful
No longer just in black and white
And I'm quite alright hiding tonight

And I will have a game on the coconut shy
And win a prize even if it's rigged
I won't know when to stop
And you can leave off my lid, and I won't even lose my fizz
I'll be the polka dots type

I'll probably swim through a few lagoons
I'll have a spring in my step
And I'll get there soon
To sing you a happy tune, tomorrow

And you better bring a change of clothes
So we can sail our laughing pianos along a beam of light
But I'm quite alright
Hiding tonight


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"Hiding Tonight" as written by Alex Turner

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    General CommentWhen was there ever fear that Alex lost his talent? The Arctic Monkeys are great, getting better with every release, and Alex's solo work is so beautiful that it breaks me down crying.

    I think this song is about procrastination though. To sum it up, he's promising his girlfriend (or himself, or anyone for that matter) that he'll be a better man *tomorrow*. But of course, tomorrow is always just over the horizon, so he never actually changes. First he's hiding today, then he's hiding tonight. But he's hiding with her, "but if you are, I'm quite alright, hiding today". And it's not necessarily a good thing. In the book and film, this kid's life is falling apart, he needs to work something out, but instead, he's running off and hiding himself away from it all, promising that he'll fix it tomorrow. He's lying to himself about it too- "I'll win a prize even if it's rigged" - he'll settle for false victories, he's totally given up in trying for a genuine escape.

    It's actually a very depressing song.
    SlyBlu7on August 19, 2011   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    fantastic toasteron March 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentextremely beautiful, this is my new favourite song. Alex proved that he hasn't lose his talent
    Corruptitoon March 26, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI find this song very sad too. But in the film, the song is played over a montage of Oliver's relationship with Jordanna, a time where he couldn't have been happier. So is it a kind of a bitter-sweet song?
    arcticsquirrel11on August 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentArcticsquirrel11 - from the point of view of someone whose done exactly what this song seems to be talking about, yeah, it's bittersweet. They show it over the montage of his time with Jordana, but why is he really with her? I mean yeah, so he could score and get that sex he wanted to so badly, but also because he's running away from his problems.
    You can hang out with someone and drown your problems in sex and trivial relationship stuff just like you could drown them in alcohol or drugs. It's the same thing really. Maybe he's hiding from real life, like,
    "I don't want to the think about mum and dad splitting up, or the asshole I've become, or any of that- I just want to think about this time we have together"
    I've been checking in on the replies to these songs. Without a doubt, Alex Turner and 'The Arctic Monkeys' went from being a band that I liked, to one of my favorite bands ever. I wish I could just strike the 90% of the 'Everything You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' album from the record, because they're so much better than the punk-pop shit that made them famous.
    SlyBlu7on August 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTomorrow I'll be quicker
    I'll stare into the strobe light flicker
    And afloat I'll stay
    But I'm quite alright hiding today

    Tomorrow I'll be faster
    I'll catch what I've been chasing after
    And have time to play
    I'm quite alright hiding today

    And I will play the coconut shy
    And win a prize even if it's rigged
    I won't know when to stop
    And you can leave off my lid, and I won't even lose my fizz
    I'll be the polkadots type
    I'll know the way back, if you know the way
    But if you are, I am quite alright hiding today

    Tomorrow I'll be stronger
    Running colorful
    No longer just in black and white
    And I'm quite alright hiding tonight

    And I will have a game on the coconut shy
    And win a prize even if it's rigged
    I won't know when to stop
    And you can leave off my lid, and I won't even lose my fizz
    I'll be the polkadots type

    I'll probably swim through a few lagoons
    I'll have a spring in my step
    And I'll get there soon
    To sing you a happy tune, tomorrow

    And you better bring a change of clothes
    So we can sail our laughing P&Os
    Along a beam of light
    But I'm quite alright hiding tonight

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    Hmmmmmmmm. I wish I could read more into it, but for me it just means someone is temporarily down (out of commission) and hopes to be stronger tomorrow. I know the feeling today.
    HairyPalmJoeon October 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with slyblu7,

    Tomorrow I'll be stronger, running colourful
    No longer just in black and white
    And I'm quite alright hiding tonight

    Basically he say's he'll get rid of his problems later, he'll be rid of his past, but he procrastinates it and postpones taking care of his problems.
    sourlyon July 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI've always related to this song, because during periods of depression, I don't want to go anywhere or do anything, I just want to hide away at home. But I dream about the future, when I'll be happier and do things. Rather than making me sad, I find this song very calming.
    im4LucasBon November 18, 2015   Link

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