Song of the Day #5,259: ‘Bright Tonight’ – Garbage

Today’s random selection is a bonus track from Garbage’s 2012 album Not Your Kind of People.

This and other bonus tracks were released as part of a “deluxe edition” of the album, a practice that became more and more common during the CD era. Deluxe editions seemed to fade a bit as CDs gave way to streaming, but I’ve seen more of them creep up lately.

Now, bonus tracks are a tactic to amass streams rather than to sell physical albums. Either way, they are always a commercial ploy and usually sound like they were left off the main album for a reason.

I don’t mean that comment as shade toward this song, which is perfectly fine, but toward the bonus track concept generally.

[Verse 1]
From the beginning
We were always going to fail
We were the next thing
That the world could not wait to tear down

[Pre-Chorus]
Off balance in our own minds
Off balance in the ways we looked to everybody else
On and on all summer long, we never stood a chance

[Chorus]
Shine bright tonight
Live forever always bright tonight
You be who you are
You be who you are forever
You be who you are
You’re my brightest star across the sky
You’re bright tonight

[Verse 2]
It was right now
And then suddenly it’s gone
We were both wrong
But here we are, we’re right where we belong

[Pre-Chorus]
Off balance in our own lives
Off balance in the ways we looked to everybody else
On and on all summer long, we never stood a chance

[Chrous]
Shine bright tonight
Live forever always bright tonight
Yeah, you
You be who you are
You be who you are forever
You be who you are
You’re my brightest star across the sky
You’re bright tonight

[Outro]
You’re bright tonight
You’re bright tonight
You’re bright tonight
You’re bright tonight
You shine tonight

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,259: ‘Bright Tonight’ – Garbage

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I suppose the idea of a bonus track goes back to the B sides of 45s. Often those B sides were weaker songs, though, every once in awhile, the B side would become a hit in its own right – which was probably then released as a bonus track on CDs or streaming.

  2. Peg says:

    I think I already mentioned on a previous blog that I would not be interested in any song by a group named Garbage 😜

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