Tonight She Comes

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Single cover.

Tonight She Comes is a new wave song by The Cars. It was released as a single in November 1985 and was composed by Ric Ocasek and produced by the band and Mike Shipley. The single's B-side is Just What I Needed and, in some European nations, with a third song, Breakaway. It was also the B-side of the French single, Drive.

Ocasek wrote this song for his solo album, but it wasn't used on the album, so it was released as a stand alone single by The Cars while they were between albums. After becoming especially popular, it was released on pretty much every subsequent compilation album.

In the song is sung from the perspective of a man who adores a woman who has many other admirers. He is totally aware of her hold over him, as well as other men, but he can't help but fawn over her. The lyrics also feature an obvious double-entendre.

Personal

Despite liking several song from The Cars while growing up, I somehow missed this song. It wasn't until the 2000s when I downloaded a bunch of music from the band that I actually heard it. I liked it the first time I heard it, and before long I viewed it as my favorite song from the band. I like the short symphonic opening, the lovely synthesizer, and especially the guitar solo. My only gripe is with the synth drums.

Lyrics

I know tonight she comes.
She's takin' a swipe at fun.
She gives me a reason,
For sighting my sights.
Well, I know tonight she comes.
She jangles me up;
She does it with ease.
And sometimes she passes through me
Just like a breeze.
She gives me a reason,
For feelin' all right.
Oh well,
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
She comes.

And I know she's gonna do it to me,
One more time.
(One more time)
I know she's gonna stay implanted,
In my mind.
Why does she keep me hanging, (why does she keep me hanging)
(On the liiiiiiine) 
On the line? Oh!

Ah yeah, I know she's gonna do it to me,
One more time.
(One more time)
I know she's gonna stay implanted,
In my mind.
Oh, why does she keep me hanging, (why does she keep me hanging)
(On the liiiiiiine)
On the line?
Oh yeah!

And I know the way she feels.
And all of the hearts that she steals.
She tells me it's easy,
When you do it right.
Oh well, I know tonight. (I know tonight she comes)
She comes.
She tells me it's easy,
When you do it right.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
She comes. (She comes)
I know tonight, oh yeah.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
(I know tonight)
Well, I know tonight.
(Know tonight, I know tonight)
Tonight she comes.

Media

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Videos

Official video.

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