The song starts off with a sped-up sample of The Temptations' #1 hit, "Just My Imagination
." The classic 1971 tune is about a guy smitten with a perfect girl, but they're only together in his dreams. The reference at the beginning of "Tonight" sets up the idea of Healy being attracted to a girl with whom there's no chance of a romantic involvement. The singer told Apple Music it reminds him of Kanye West's early production.