"Tonight Will Be Fine" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
Sometimes I find I get to
Thinking of the past
We swore to each other then
Our love would surely last

You kept right on loving
I went on a fast
Now I am too thin
And your love is too vast

But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
For a while

I choose the rooms that I live in with care
The windows are small and the walls almost bare
There's only one bed and there's only one prayer
I listen all night for your step on the stair

But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
For a while

Oh, sometimes I see her undressing for me
She's the soft naked lady love meant her to be
And she's moving her body so brave and so free
If I've got to remember that's a fine memory

And I know from her eyes
And I know from her smile
That tonight will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
For a while

And I know
And I know
And I know

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"Tonight Will Be Fine" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General Commentat the isle wight festival in 1970 he added two additional verses.

    "I've looked into the mirrors in numberless places
    they all smile back at me with their troublesome faces
    and the cards that they dealt me there weren't any aces
    and the horses never listen to me at the races."

    "There's still 1 or 2 of us walking the street
    no arrows of direction painted under our feet
    no angels to warn us away from the heat
    no honey to keep us where it is sweet."
    sun_gianton March 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthompson's version is incredible i agree! i somewhat agree with floodline but somehow i think that they are already broken up when he sings this song and he regrets. i think this is kinda a self pity song; he's basically saying why did i leave her?

    in the first verses he is describing how originally they loved each other and it was all dandy. she went on loving him and he stopped loving her and "now i am too thin and your love is vast" she found someone new and he is alone.

    i think the second verses emphasize this thought. emotionally he is very reserved and he has a hard time exposing his feelings. the room he chose for himself is small with little access "windows" to the outside world. 'there is only one bed' and 'only one prayer' in the room' is an admittance of his selfishness in general and particular when they were together. he wishes he hadnt fouled things up and hopefully waits for her to somehow come back to him.

    the last verses are just beautiful flashbacks of making love with her and a final bittersweet statement that if memories are all he has then that they are better than nothing.

    i've read alot of cohen's works not only his song lyrics, and by his own admission sex is a heavy underlying theme in the majority of his writing. i think that the chorus is more or less the singer masturbating either physically or mentally fantasizing and feeding off of those memories to do so, her "eyes" and "smile" .
    mr.von November 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe instrument he whistles along with at the end sounds dreadful.
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on August 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHow interesting that some think "he left her". Rather he "sees in her eyes and her smile" that she is just biding time. It'll be fine for tonight--"for a while". She is the decider…she is going to leave him "in a while".
    llgraceon June 11, 2017   Link
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    General CommentHe's with a lovely woman that loves him, but he can't love her back anymore. He will leave her soon, but wants to be with her one more night for memories' sake. Self-explanatory.
    floodlineon February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf only my last lover would have chosen these words over his own...
    autumnwakeon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTeddy Thompson sings this song beautifully. I love everything about this song, though i have to admit i havent listened to the full leonard cohen version
    helz.bellzon August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI understand this song somewhere between floodline and mr.v. The singer wishes things had been different, but they aren't and he is recalling with sadness the beauty of their relationship/experience and opening himself to the power of the moment of ending.

    Thanks also to sun giant for the additional lyrics. I would love to hear Teddy Thompson add them to his version
    wagmoreon February 08, 2013   Link

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