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Dance Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

Other singles from Memory Almost Full

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Dance Tonight” is a song by Paul McCartney, the opening track to his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. The song was released as a download single in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2007, McCartney’s 65th birthday. A week later, the song debuted at number 34 in the UK Singles Chart. The UK single was also issued as a picture disc that came in a plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert. On 1 July, the song peaked at number 26 in the UK charts. The song was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

In the United States, it was released as the second single from the album. The song also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 69. It marked McCartney’s final appearance in the Hot 100 until 2015.

McCartney performed the song live as a duet with Australian singer Kylie Minogue on Jools Holland’s 2007 New Year’s Eve television special Hootenanny.

The song was used in the advertising on PBS network Thirteen for its May 2013 lineup.

Music video

A music video for the song was directed by Michel Gondry, features Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook and is choreographed by Blanca Li. It begins with a postman (Crook) delivering a left-handed mandolin to McCartney. The postman invites himself in for a cup of tea, then he opens the package revealing the mandolin. As soon as McCartney starts playing the song, a ghost (Portman) emerges from the package and starts dancing. More extravagantly dressed ghosts emerge from other places (an open drawer, the fireplace, the washing machine etc.) and dance around McCartney while he plays and sings in various rooms. The ghosts also play tricks on the postman, floating around him and making him levitate, which scares him away from the house. During the song’s second-to-last verse, Portman steals McCartney’s mandolin, which reverses the situation, making her come alive while turning McCartney into a ghost. He chases her and the other ghosts until she slips back into the package, dragging McCartney in with her as well. As the song ends, the ghosts’ world (inside the package) is revealed to be a wild party, where all the ghosts, now fully alive, have lots of fun (the postman is there as well), while McCartney plays bass, accompanied by a drummer (Gondry). The final shot of the video is of the postman’s van, left empty on the road. The video was posted exclusively on YouTube on 22 May 2007. It is now available on the DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1) and on the Deluxe CD/DVD Edition of McCartney’s album Memory Almost Full.

Origin

The left-handed mandolin used for the song, shown delivered to him by mail in the music video, was purchased by McCartney from a guitar shop he frequents in London. Whenever he would play the mandolin, his three-year-old daughter Beatrice would be moved to dance, after which McCartney states that the song “wrote itself”. It was the last song recorded for the album, and was included on the album at the last minute.

The song is also included in an iPod + iTunes advertisement featuring a black and white McCartney walking down a colourful, animated street while performing the song. It saw frequent airplay in summer 2007.

Recording

“Dance Tonight” was recorded in January–February 2007 at RAK Studios in London, with McCartney playing mandolin, electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion and autoharp.

Track listing

Originally the single was to be released simultaneously via download, 7″ and CD, but the release was scaled back to just a download on 18 June 2007. According to the official album website, a picture disc 7″ was released in the UK on 23 July 2007, while the CD was released internationally on a date to be announced. The song still managed to chart in the United States, despite not being released in any form there, except an acoustic version available on iTunes from the Summer of Love 1967 double issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

That kick drum sound you hear at the beginning and throughout the track is actually Paul stomping on a piece of wood with his foot,” Kahne recalls. The mandolin-based track was recorded in January 2007 at RAK Studios in London. It was the last song recorded for the album and features McCartney on mandolin (an instrument he mastered for this recording), bass, auto-harp, drums, fuzz bass, keyboard and electric guitar.

 

 

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

Everybody gonna dance tonight
Everybody gonna feel alright
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Everybody gonna dance around
Everybody gonna hit the ground
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Well you can come on to my place if you want to
You can do anything you wanna do

Everybody gonna dance tonight
Everybody gonna feel alright
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Well you can come on to my place if you want to
You can do anything you wanna do

Everybody gonna stamp their feet
Everybody gonna feel the beat
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Everybody gonna dance tonight
Everybody gonna feel alright
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Everybody gonna jump and shout
Everybody gonna sing it out
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Well you can come on to my place if you want to
You can do anything you wanna do

Everybody gonna dance tonight
Everybody gonna feel alright
Everybody gonna dance around tonight

Everybody gonna dance around tonight
Everybody gonna feel alright tonight

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album

2:55 • Studio versionA

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Autoharp, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ever Present Past

CD Single • Released in 2007

3:15 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007


Dance Tonight

CD Single • Released in 2007

2:54 • Studio version


Good Evening New York City

Official live • Released in 2009

2:59 • LiveL2 • Could have been record on 17, 18 or 21 July 2009

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
Geoff Emerick:
Audio mixing
Paul Hicks:
Audio mixing
Jonas Westling:
Additional engineering
Richard Lancaster:
Additional engineering
John Henry:
Recording

Concert From the concert in New York, USA on Jul 17, 2009


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Live performances

“Dance Tonight” has been played in 115 concerts and 29 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Dance Tonight” has been played




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Copenhagen • Royal Arena

Nov 30, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Secret New York Concert

Sep 07, 2018 • USA • New York • Grand Central Terminal



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