We’ve Got Tonight – Phillip Phillips  Lyrics

Submitted on June 2, 2012

Album: Phillip Phillips: Journey to the Finale
Genre: Pop rock, Soft rock
Lyrics by: Bob Seger
Duration: 3:37
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 2012

Phillip Phillips is one of the two finalists of American Idol. He is a honest singer with very atypical attitudes compared with other contestants in this type of TV show.

Phillip Phillips was one of the 12,000  aspirants who want to participate in “American Idol”. He had his first audition in Savannah, Georgia. He sang Superstition by Stevie Wonder first and the judges ask him to perform a second song with his guitar. And there he won the pass ticket to the show: He performed a particular acoustical version of Thriller by Michael Jackson.

To stay as one of the two finalists he had to overcome several stages. He overcame the Hollywood session first, later the Las Vegas session. Lastly, he was chosen as one of the 24 semifinalists.

Sometimes his voice reminds us of Joe Cocker, sometimes he makes us remember the voice of Sting subtly but most of the time his voice sounds very similar to Dave Matthews‘s voice. Actually, Matthews joked himself about this singer in the New York Magazine, saying that maybe he can retire and Phillips could take charge of his band.

Phillips doesn’t have a big vocal power when compared, for example, with his rival Jessica Sanchez. His advantage is the fact that he is an original artist. Actually, he has showed some impudence when he said that he is not interested in trying to perform music to delight the public since the only reason why he creates music is because he loves it and he is not just trying selling music.

Since he can be considered as an indie artist, some experts anticipate a logic consequence: He won’t be a sales phenomenon.

“I’m trying to get the music out there. I’m not trying to be some boy that tries to look good or anything. I want the music to speak first,” said Phillips in a very self-confident way.

Phillips is very aware of the fact that the songs that peaks hot positions in charts are not necessarily high quality songs. But this doesn’t mean that he is against the commercial music, he just believes that he will try a different approach in his future career.

Actually, when he has had freedom to choose the songs to perform in “American Idol”, he opted for not very famous songs by not very prominent artists , for example: Volcano by Damien Rice. However, his best performance was when producer Jimmy Iovine picked a song for him: We’ve Got Tonight, the classic song by Bob Seger released in 1978 (an original song from the album Stranger in Town).

It’s weird that  an artist such as Phillips was a finalist since his attitudes are not a traditional match with the conventions of these TV shows. When Tommy Hilfiger, the fashion designer, advised him against wearing gray clothes on the stage, he wore gray clothes. In that same episode, Jimmi Iovine (the mentor of the show and producer of artists like  U2, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and Dire Straits, among others) advised him against appearing with his guitar on the stage, and again he did it his way: He appeared with his instrument.





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I know it’s late, I know you’re weary
I know your plans don’t include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Longing for shelter from all that we see
Why should we worry, no one will care girl
Look at the stars so far away
We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
We’ve got tonight babe
Why don’ you stay?
Deep in my soul,
I’ve been so lonely
All of my hopes, fading away
I’ve longed for love, like everyone else does
I know I’ll keep searching, even after today
So there it is girl, I’ve said it all now

And here we are babe, what do you say?
We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
We’ve got tonight babe
Why don’t you stay?
I know it’s late, I know you’re weary
I know your plans don’t include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Both of us lonely
We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Let’s make it ast, let’s find a way
Turn out the light, come take my hand now
We’ve got tonight babe
Why don’t you stay?
Why don’t you stay?

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