A fixture at proms and weddings, Eric Clapton wrote “Wonderful Tonight” in 1976 while waiting for his girlfriend (and future wife) Pattie to get ready for a night out. They were going to a Buddy Holly tribute that Paul McCartney put together, and Clapton was in the familiar position of waiting while she tried on clothes.

About This Song

“Wonderful Tonight” is a classic rock song written and performed by Eric Clapton. It was released in 1977 and became one of his most well-known and beloved songs. The track appears on his album titled “Slowhand.”

The song is a beautiful and heartfelt ballad, often associated with romantic moments and slow dances. It is said to have been inspired by Clapton’s then-wife, Pattie Boyd. The lyrics reflect a moment when the singer is attending a party or event with his partner and admires her beauty and grace, feeling fortunate to be with her on that special evening.

“Wonderful Tonight” has been a timeless favorite for many generations, and its simple yet emotional melody, along with Clapton’s soulful vocals and guitar work, has made it an enduring classic.



It’s late in the evening
She’s wondering what clothes to wear
She puts on her makeup
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 every one turns to see
This beautiful lady
Who’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
Then 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”

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