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Eric Clapton & Mark Knopfler - "Wonderful Tonight" - Live 1988


Eric Clapton with Dire Straits - "Wonderful Tonight" - Live at Wembley 1988 (with Lyrics)



On 7 September 1976, Clapton wrote "Wonderful Tonight" for Boyd while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. The song is mentioned in her autobiographical book Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.


In 1988, Clapton appeared in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert as a guest guitarist for Dire Straits. The group became his backing musicians for a surprise performance of "Wonderful Tonight" during their set.





Lyrics


It's late in the evening; she's wondering what clothes to wear

She puts on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair

And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"

And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight"


We go to a party and everyone turns to see

This beautiful lady that's walking around with me

And then she asks me, "Do you feel all right?"

And I say, "Yes, I feel wonderful tonight"


I feel wonderful because I see

The love light in your eyes


And the wonder of it all

Is that you just don't realize how much I love you

It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head

So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed


And then I tell her, as I turn out the light

I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight

Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight"