Just For Tonight

Album: The Comfort Zone (1991)
Charted: 26
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  • It's hard to realize we said our last goodbyes
    Where could the dream have gone to
    Now I know there's no way that I can make you stay
    No matter how I want to

    We made some memories that my heart will always treasure
    Before you close the door let's make one more

    Baby, just for tonight let me give myself to you
    And all I ask is just for tonight love me like you used to do
    And I promise that I won't cry, I won't ask you why
    I won't even try to change your feelings
    If you just hold me tight, just once more, just for tonight

    I thought the love we'd found
    Was built on solid ground
    And it would just grow stronger
    Crazy as it may seem
    I need to dream that dream
    For just, just a little longer

    So for the sake of all that magic we made together
    Open your heart to mine just one more time

    Baby, just for tonight let me give myself to you
    And all I ask is just for tonight love me like you used to do
    And I promise that I won't cry, I won't ask you why
    I won't even try to change your feelings
    If you just hold me tight, just once more, just for tonight

    All I want is one more night
    So why don't you come to me, let me dream
    This night means everything to me
    All I ask is for tonight
    Baby just hold me tight
    Come to me, let me dream
    This night means everything to me Writer/s: Brian Keith Thomas, Cynthia Weil
    Publisher: CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP, Capitol CMG Publishing, DYAD Music Ltd., O/B/O CAPASSO, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Wixen Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Larry from New York City, NyThe song is as beautiful as she is.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrThe 1991 version clocked in at 4 minutes and 30 seconds. By early 1992, when the song was at peak popularity, a DJ at the local Los Angeles smooth jazz radio station 94.7 KTWV (The Wave) received a copy of the original 1991 release, and he called Vanessa Williams to say there was an element missing in the song. The DJ asked for a more laid-back version of the song that was a bit more jazzy in a smooth way.

    In April of 1992, a new version of the song was released, this time under the title, "Just For Tonight (single remix)." This version included the original vocalizations and Vanessa's famous high-note intro from the 1991 version. Although the vocal tracks stayed the same, the instrumentation was slightly different from the original. The late jazz saxophonist Art Porter was brought in to play on the 1992 version of this song, which clocked in at 5 minutes and 14 seconds.

    A month later on May 23, 1992, a DJ at the local Los Angeles pop station KOST 103.5 received a copy of the new single remix. Once he played it, he thought it too long for pop stations to play. In 1993, Vanessa's record company released yet another version of this song, under the title "Just For Tonight (single edit)." The edited version clocked in at 4 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesVanessa finally broke into the UK Top 10 in 1992 with "Save The Best For Last", but is otherwise still next to unknown in the UK
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrAlthough the credit for the lyrics was given to Keith Thomas, the lyrics were actually penned by Vanessa Williams as part of a farewell note she had written to Herbie Hancock in 1990. This bittersweet ballad was inspired by a tabloid rumor that Vanessa was caught having an affair with another man. However, in March of 1991, shortly after this song was professionally written, the tables had turned, when Vanessa had fallen in love with her manager, Ramon Harvey. When Vanessa took the lyrics to Bob Thomas, a local California bus driver, he immediately sent her to a printing company owned by his younger brother, Keith. After Keith typed and printed the lyrics, he suggested to Vanessa that she put these lyrics to music. The next day, Keith sent Vanessa to the home of the then husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who were songwriting partners - Barry Mann wrote lyrics, while Cynthia Weil wrote music. When Vanessa handed the lyrics over to Cynthia, they both sat down and began to think things over. Within two hours, Cynthia had composed a sweet and beautiful but sad melody for the song that would become "Just For Tonight."
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