a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Tonight We Fly

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: Patricia O'Callaghan / Steven Page / General Fiasco & The Ulster Orchestra / The Dowsing Sound Collective / Pablo Jubany / Grant Huling / Luke Maxim


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




This is THE Divine Comedy song. Probably played about 500 times! The number of recorded versions isn’t that impressive though. It’s usually a good song to end a show with.

‘Tonight We Fly’ evokes both Peter Pan and Icarus, without the fall though. In short, it deals with the most ancient of man’s dreams: flying. It’s a denial of the ‘human tragedy’: man’s inability to fly and mortality. It’s also a wish to go beyond limits (human limits, geographical limits, temporal limits). As many DC songs, it deals with the quest of happiness, the characters first “wondering why happiness is so hard to find” and concluding with “this life is the best we’ve ever had”. This last sentence refers to immortality, another recurrent theme in Promenade. Indeed, ‘we’ can mean both everybody and just the two characters. The song also questions the existence of Heaven and thus echoes ‘Don’t Look Down’.

Within the narrative thread of the album, we’re at the very end of the seduction story. ‘Flying’ can be understood as a metaphor for saying that the two characters are making love.