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Goodnight Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Goodnight Tonight 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Goodnight Tonight” is a single by the band Wings notable for its disco-inflected sound and spirited flamenco guitar break. It peaked at number five in both the United Kingdom and United States during 1979. The track did not appear on Wings’ then-current album Back to the Egg (from which sessions this song was recorded); it was later included on the 1987 McCartney compilation, All the Best!. The 7″ version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 reissue of McCartney II. The B-side of this single was “Daytime Nighttime Suffering”. An extended version of the song appears on a digital iTunes re-issue of Back to the Egg.

“Goodnight Tonight” began as an instrumental backing track McCartney had recorded in 1978. Needing a single for Wings to accompany the Back to the Egg album, McCartney took out the track and brought it into the studio, where the full Wings line-up completed it. Laine and Juber added electric guitars, mirroring Paul’s parts and Holly added percussion, while the whole band sang in the chorus. Since the track was over seven minutes long, an edited version was used as the single, with the full version available as a 12-inch single. A music video was made for the song, showing Wings performing in 1930s costumes; stills from the video were used on the single’s sleeve. In the US, the single was the first released under McCartney’s new deal with Columbia Records. In the UK, it was McCartney’s first post-Beatle release on Parlophone.

“Goodnight Tonight” was an international hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the UK Singles Chart. John Lennon, McCartney’s former songwriting partner, later commented that he did not care for the song, but enjoyed McCartney’s bass guitar on the single. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.

The song was featured in the 2010 film Grown Ups.

Last updated on March 15, 2014

Lyrics

Don't get too tired for love
Don't let it end
Don't say goodnight to love
It may never be the same again

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
You can say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Don't get too tired for love
Don't let it end
Don't say goodnight to love
It's a feeling that may never end

Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight
Don't say it!
Don't say it!
Say anything but, don't say goodnight tonight

Officially appears on


Goodnight Tonight

7" Single • Released in 1978

4:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals, Vocoder
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Laurence Juber:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Steve Holly:
Backing vocals, Clay-hand drums, Percussion

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


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:20 • Studio version • Bonus tracks


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

4:22 • Studio version


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.11

Unofficial album

7:13 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

5:53 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

5:23 • Studio version


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

7:19 • Outtake


Wingspan: the Remixes

Unofficial album

5:24 • Studio version • Loop Da Loop Club Mix


Videos

Live performances

“Goodnight Tonight” has been played in 19 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Goodnight Tonight” has been played


Concert with Africa Express

Sep 08, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Granary Square


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon






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