It's late in the evening, she's wondering what clothes to wear
She puts on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair
And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"
And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight"

We go to a party and everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady that's walking around with me
And then she asks me, "Do you feel all right?"
And I say, "Yes, I feel wonderful tonight"

I feel wonderful because I see
The love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don't realize how much I love you

It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head
So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed
And then I tell her, as I turn out the light
I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight
Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight"

Lyrics submitted by Balthasar, edited by jstahley

Wonderful Tonight Lyrics as written by Eric Clapton

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  • +6
    General CommentOkay guys. Pattie Boyd wrote a book, and she describes the exact situation--
    "One night, unusually, me and Eric were going out, and I couldn't decide what to wear. I was taking a very long time to do my makeup and hair, putting on one dress, then another and another, throwing them all into a pile on the floor. Poor Eric had been ready for hours and was waiting patiently. He was so sweet- at least, in the early days. The worst he would say if I annoyed him was 'you're a silly clown.'"

    Then it goes on to say--
    "Suddenly, as I was flinging dresses on and off, inspiration struck. When I finally got downstairs and asked the inevitable question, "Do I look alright?" he played what he'd written:

    It's late in the evening; she's wondering what clothes to wear.
    She puts on her makeup and brushes her long blonde hair.
    And then she asks me, "Do I look alright?"
    And I say "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."
    cstakolichon February 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my most favorite song in the whole entire world! Im not a huge fan of Eric Clapton, but this song rocks!
    jEnNi1980on April 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is truly beautiful in that it explains in the most basic of terms how one can find themselves completely and utterly in love and how important it is to share how we feel with that special someone.

    I absolutely love this song and will make a point to personally sing this song to my new wife at my wedding reception. I don't think I could ever simply ignore this song if I heard it playing. Eric Clapton is a true artist, filling his songs with pure truths and meanings that we all can relate too.

    Thanks again Eric for sharing your work with the rest of the world.
    Dark-Staron July 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my parents' song. I love hearing my dad play it on the guitar for my mom because it just goes to show how in love you can be with someone after years and years. To still feel the same way you did when you first started dating is just awesome.
    Bojangles33on August 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningthis song is about a little crippled fella, whos girlfriend/carer is worried about, hence asking 'do you feel alright?' The line is actually 'i've got an aching LEG,' and the woman drives home because obviously he can't drive
    alanwhiteon November 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhen I hear this song. I really hear the woman asking "do you care about me?", and not how she looks. And he relpies "yes", in such a sincere way.
    clapton828on March 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful. Simply beautiful.
    JulieMarleneon December 06, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's just a great song plain and simple. It's something to listen to when you are with your girlfriend or wife that is if you really love her! Above all its just one of those songs that comes from the heart!
    Tyler_S9Don January 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is like the most beautiful song there is. I had it as my first song played at my wedding reception. I love this song.
    Ladyon January 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBefore we were together, I told my ex that this as my favorite eric clapton song. He played it the first time he kissed me. It was on the radio the night we broke up, which is weird because i have been listening to the same station for several years and have not heard it before or since.
    silverettaon September 06, 2002   Link

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