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Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight" - Live 1991

Updated: Oct 2


Wonderful Tonight (Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, 1990 - 1991)




"Wonderful Tonight" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton. It was included on Clapton's 1977 album Slowhand. Clapton wrote the song about Pattie Boyd. The female vocal harmonies on the song are provided by Marcella Detroit (then Marcy Levy) and Yvonne Elliman.


On 7 September 1976, Clapton wrote "Wonderful Tonight" for Boyd while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. Of "Wonderful Tonight", Boyd would say: "For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering. 'Wonderful Tonight' was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it.''


The song is mentioned in her autobiographical book Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.





Lyrics



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



Songwriters: Eric Patrick Clapton

Wonderful Tonight lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc






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