Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

Eddie Money is an American rock singer-songwriter who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums.

After becoming a police officer, like his father, during the late 1960s,  Money began to be interested in music, and eventually ended his law enforcement career in favor of becoming a musician. He moved to Berkeley, California and became a regular at area clubs, where he eventually got enough attention to secure a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”.  Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for “Shakin’” and “Think I’m in Love”, but his career began to fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction.

Money made a comeback two years later in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can’t Hold Back, which featured a Ronnie Spector duet with “Take Me Home Tonight”, which reached the Top 10, along with the hit “I Wanna Go Back”. Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, late 1988′s “Walk on Water”, but his Top 40 career ended when “I’ll Get By” charted in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums along with several albums featuring new material. Today, he still tours the “Oldies” circuit regularly, often accompanied by other successful rock acts from his era, and has also made several television appearances on American sitcoms. Since 1992, Money has traditionally opened the summer concert season for DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. 

Take Me Home Tonight

The song starts with a synth playing and is then joined by a guitar playing the same notes. This song was recorded in a duet with Ronnie Spector. The song has Spector singing the chorus from The Ronettes’ previous hit, “Be My Baby”, (on which Spector sang lead vocals) after Money sings “just like Ronnie sang.” The lyrics suggest that the singer wants the woman’s company for the night and for her to “be [his] little baby.” The song is credited as being inspired by an unknown person who is called “Garth” by the main band members when questioned about the song, who when they were young was a friend of all of theirs who was constantly looking to sleep over at other people’s houses.

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I feel a hunger

It’s a hunger that tries to keep a man awake at night.
Are you the answer?
I shouldn’t wonder when I feel you whet my appetite

With all the power you’re releasing

It isn’t safe to walk the city streets a
Anticipation is running through me

Let’s find the key and turn this engine on.

I can feel you breathe
I can feel your heartbeat faster.
Take me home tonight!
I don’t want to let you go till you see the light!
Take me home tonight!
Listen honey
iust like Ronnie sang: Be my little baby!

I get frightened in all this darkness

I get nightmares
I hate to sleep alone
I need some company

A guardian angel to keep me warm when the cold winds blow!

I can feel you breathe
I can feel your heartbeat faster. . . .
Be my little baby!

Just like Ronnie sang
I say
just like Ronnie sang:
Be my little baby
baby
my darling!
I feel a hunger
it’s a hunger!

Take me home tonight!…
Take me home tonight!…
Take me home tonight!…

  • Audio from the 1986 album, Can’t Hold Back:


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