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Radio VIII, side B, track 12: “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis

Oh, Genesis, I was really happy that the radio played this one over the weekend.  You see, I actually owned “Invisible Touch”, it was one of the carefully selected cassettes I bought from Columbia House, but for whatever reason, by the end of Side B on that tape it was warped and distorted and so I didn’t listen to it very often because it made me sad that I’d made a poor investment.  And it made me even more sad because I thought you guys were the cat’s pajamas, Genesis.  Maybe I just wore the tape out, because I will admit that I played “Invisible Touch” over and over and over.  And this was one of my favorite songs off of it.  It was this weird mix of what sounded like tribal drums combined with a tale of what I think is about drug addiction, which of course I would have no inkling of back in the day.  All I knew is that it seemed to involve monkeys, which I enjoyed, and it also included Phil Collins wailing out Ohh-ohhhwoah!!!  Monkeys.  Phil Collins wailing.  That is all you need for a hit song, my friends.

Wait a second. . .he did the soundtrack for that “Tarzan” movie for Disney, didn’t he?  Case closed.

“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”

I’m comin’ down, comin’ down like a monkey

But it’s all right

Like a load on your back that ya can’t see

Ooo, but it’s all right

Try ta shake it loose, cut it free
Just let it go
Just get it away from me
Ohhhh-oohhhwoah!

‘Cause tonight, tonight, tonight
Ohh-ohhhhhh!

I’m gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Ohh-ohhhhhh!

I’m goin’ down, goin’ down like a monkey

Oo, but it’s all right

Try ta pick yourself up
Carry that weight that ya can’t see

Don’t ya know it’s all right

It’s like a helter skelter
Goin’ down and down, round and round
But just get it away from me
Ohhhh-oohhhwoah!

Because tonight, tonight, tonight
Ohh-ohhhhhh!

We’re gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Ohh-ohhhhhh!

I got some money in my pocket
About ready ta burn, I don’t remember where I got it
I gotta get it ta you

So please answer the phone
‘Cause I keep callin’, but you’re never home
What am I gonna do

You keep tellin’ me I got everything
Ya say I got everything I want

You keep tellin’ me you’re gonna help me
You’re gonna help me
But you don’t

But now I’m in too deep
Ya see it’s got me
So that I just can’t sleep

Ooo, get me outta here

Please get me outta here

Just help me, I’ll do anything
Oh, anything
If you’ll just help
Get me out of here

Tonight, ohh-ohhhhhh!

I’m gonna make it right
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Ohh-ohhhhhh!

(Tonight, tonight, tonight, ohh-ohhhhhh!)

(Tonight, tonight, tonight, ohh-ohhhhhh!)

(Tonight, tonight, tonight, ohh-ohhhhhh!)

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