Song of the Day #4,761: ‘Tonight’ – TV On the Radio

‘Tonight’ is a track from TV On the Radio’s 2006 album Return to Cookie Mountain.

This album received a ton of critical praise, ending up at or near the top of many year-end best-of lists. It doesn’t work for me, though. I picked up the record after really liking its follow-up, 2008’s Dear Science, but this one didn’t have the same effect on me. Dear Science still holds up, though.

The song is a snore, but the video below is good for a laugh. A well-meaning fan put together a nice montage to accompany the music, but decided not to purchase the stock footage he used, resulting in a large “Getty Images” stamp across the evocative images.

The YouTube comments alternate between people calling him out for the tackiness and defending him for the initiative.

[Verse 1]
My mind is like an orchard
Clustered in frozen portraits
Of blossoms that bloomed so fine
Just to drop from the vine
I’ve seen ’em all tonight

[Chorus]
Could keep it silent and tortured
Or shove it unto the floorboards
A rusty heart starts to whine
In its telltale time
So free it up tonight

[Verse 2]
Life deals a measly portion
Light on good friends and fortune
It’s chipped you away inside
And drawn all your blinds
Concealed it all from sight

[Chorus]
Could cut that final corner
Charge the void no quarter
Or skip to the final line
Of some suicide note well publicized
Or give it up tonight

[Verse 3]
Kindly reverse the order
Of the options you’ve laid before you
The needle, the dirty spoon
The flames and the fumes
Just throw them out tonight
The time that you’ve been afforded
May go unsung, unrewarded
Some nameless you cannot know
May be coming to show you
Unbridled love and light

[Verse 4]
Should you grow in an orchard
Covered in dusty portraits
Of blossoms that bloomed so fine
Just to drop from the vine
Oh, listen up tonight

[Chorus]
Don’t keep it silent and tortured
Or shove it unto the floorboards
Your busted heart will be fine
In its telltale time
So give it up tonight

[Post-Chorus]
Your busted heart will be fine
In its telltale time
Your busted heart will be fine
In its telltale time
Your busted heart will be fine
In its telltale time
Your busted heart will be fine
In its telltale time

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,761: ‘Tonight’ – TV On the Radio

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, I never got into TV on the Radio despite or maybe frankly because of the fact they were critics’ darlings.

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