I'm coming down, coming down like a monkey But it's alright Like a load on your back that you can't see Oh, but it's alright Try to shake it loose, cut it free Just let it go, just get it away from me, oh
'Cause tonight, tonight, tonight,oh I'm gonna make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
I'm going down, going down like a monkey Ooh, but it's alright Try to pick yourself up Carry that weight that you can't see But don't you know it's alright It's like a helter skelter Going down and down, round and round But just get it away from me, oh
Because tonight, tonight, tonight, oh We're gonna make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
I got some money in my pocket About ready to burn I don't remember where I got it I gotta get it to you So please answer the phone 'Cause I keep calling but you're never home What am I gonna do
Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh I'm gonna make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
You keep telling me I've got everything You say I've got everything I want You keep telling me you're gonna help me You're gonna help me, but you don't But now I'm in too deep You see it's got me so that I just can't sleep Ooh, get me out of here, please get me out of here Just help me, I'll do anything, anything If you'll just help me get out of here
I'm coming down, coming down like a monkey Ooh, but it's alright It's like a load on your back that you can't see Ooh, don't you know that it's alright Just try to shake it loose, cut it free Let it go, but just get it away from me, oh
'Cause tonight, tonight, tonight, oh Maybe we'll make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
Please get me out of here Just someone get me out of here Just help me I'll do anything, anything If you'll just help get me out of here
Tonight, oh, I'm gonna make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
Yes, tonight, tonight, tonight, oh Yes, I'm gonna make it right Tonight, tonight, tonight, oh
Writer/s: MICHAEL RUTHERFORD, PHIL COLLINS, TONY BANKS
Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
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Ronnie from Redmond OregonI was raised with bikers, addicts and dealers and this song is exactly what I would see and hear from them when they were coming down off of coke, meth or heroin. They have a monkey on their back and the only thing on their mind is to get more...addiction makes nothing matter but getting dope and staying high. I remember a friend sitting in the livingroom, rent money in hand waiting for the cook to get back and he was (literally) saying tonight, tonight and bouncing in the chair. Believe me, he is waiting for his dealer...
John from UsaDefinitely about drug addiction.
Esskayess from Dallas, TxCurious how prolonging a destructive nose candy enslavement would 'make it right.'
Drew from B\'ham, AlNot to confuse this song w/ "Tonight, Tonight" by the Tokens. If indeed this song is about crashing after a drug-high, thus craving more drugs, it and "That's All" are two of a kind. Both are about wishing to escape a downward-spiral system of frustration.
Jibri from Muskegon, MiThanks folks, I've learned alot about this song. I never caught on that it was about jonesing for coke. Hey Brant, wrong song man, it was "in the air tonight". On a lighter note, this song was so appropriate for Miami Vice (remember the Michelob commercials during the show)
Adam from Boyce, VaI can't get enough of that sound once the song starts. It so defines this song. It's one of the eeariest songs I've ever heard. Reminds me alot of "In The Air Tonight".....
S.d. from Denver, CoBrant from S.F.:
First, you got the song wrong. The one you're thinking of is "In the Air Tonight" from Collins' first solo effort, "Face Value". Secondly, the myth has been debunked about a zillion times, including by Collins himself, whose exact words were, "I don't know where that story came from."
Brant from S.f, CaI have heard from multiple sources that this song is indeed not about cocaine. When he was a kid, Phil Collins was at a summer camp. At the pool there was a kid drowning. One of the camp counselors watched the kid drown, doing nothing.
This stayed in Collins' memory for years, prompting him to write the song. Afterwards, he invited the same counselor to a Genesis concert. They played this song and a spotlight was shown on the counselor, who the song was written about.
I am not 100% sure of this, but it's what I heard.
Jay from Callander, CanadaIn my opinion, the character in the song is crashing off the last good high (I'm coming down, coming down like a monkey..), and it's a heavy burden to crash on coke (It's like a load on your back that you can't see). The only way to shake the horrible feelings of withdrawl is to make it "right tonight" and get some more coke. He keeps calling his dealer, because he has the cash in his pocket to score, and shake this "helter skelter, going down and down, round and round" - horrible feeling of withdrawl, but his dealer is never home. He's sitting in a room beginning to freak out that he won't score, ("Oh get me out of here, please get me out of here Just help me I'll do anything, anything If you'll just help me (score) get out of here.(out of this feeling)"). Even though his friend says that he'll help him out, but he doesn't call. So he continues to sit and wait and hope that tonight will be the night to get high again and shake that monkey on his back dragging him down.
Eric from Maastrichtthis last comment is really bull all lines quoted are actually about TAKING and WANTING the drug shake it loose, ... (preparing the drug) gonna make it right.. (taking it) got some money in my pocket (paying for it with money regardless how to get it, possibly stealing)
Christopher from Centereach, NyI don't agree with the song meaning above. I do agree that it is about drugs but I think it's more about the singer addressing someone who is helping him overcome his addiction. I believe this because of the lines "Try to shake it loose, cut it free, just let it go" Tonight Tonight Tonight, gonna make it right" meaning that tonight is the night that he stops. Also the line "I got some money in my pocket about ready to burn, I don't remember where I got it, I got to get it to you". It's as if he has no self control and needs this person (maybe his sponsor) to take this money before he spends it on drugs.
Mike from Fort Wayne, InThis song was used in a Michelob beer commercial.