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Total Eclipse of the Charts

Bonnie Tyler sees sales of her 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" soar in the run up to Monday's total solar eclipse

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Total Eclipse of the Charts

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She waited 34 years for her moment: Bonnie Tyler was on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship when she finally sung her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during an actual total eclipse.

In the week leading up to the event, downloads of the song were reportedly up by over 500%, despite the fact that its lyrics have nothing whatsoever to do with the solar phenomenon.


Sales of specialist eclipse glasses rocketed in the US amongst the 12 million people living beneath the path of the celestial lights-out.

The moment when the moon blocked out the light of the sun lasted about two and a half minutes in any one place, two minutes less than the total duration of Tyler’s song.

If the Welsh singer’s hoping for a repeat performance, she won’t have so long to wait next time: the next total solar eclipse will be in South America on 2 July, 2019.

Do you know the lyrics to the song?

[Verse 1]
(Turn around) Every now and then I get a little bit lonely
And you’re never coming ‘round
(Turn around) Every now and then I get a little bit tired
Of listening to the sound of my tears
(Turn around)
Every now and then I get a little bit nervous
That the best of all the years have gone by
(Turn around) Every now and then I get a little bit terrified
And then I see the look in your eyes
(Turn around, bright eyes!) Every now and then I fall apart
(Turn around, bright eyes!) Every now and then I fall apart
(Turn around) Every now and then I get a little bit restless
And I dream of something wild
(Turn around)
Every now and then I get a little bit helpless
And I’m lying like a child in your arms
(Turn around)
Every now and then I get a little bit angry
And I know I’ve got to get out and cry
(Turn around)
Every now and then I get a little bit terrified
But then I see the look in your eyes

[Bridge]
(Turn around, bright eyes!) Every now and then I fall apart
(Turn around, bright eyes!) Every now and then I fall apart

[Chorus]
And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
Cause we’ll never be wrong

Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s going to start tonight
Forever’s going to start tonight

[Post-Chorus]
Once upon a time I was falling in love
Now I’m only falling apart
There’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart

Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

[Verse 2]
(Turn around, bright eyes)
(Turn around, bright eyes)

Turn around, every now and then I know you’ll never be the boy you always wanted to be
Turn around, every now then I know you’ll always be the only boy who wanted me the way that I am
Turn around, every now and then I know there’s no one in the universe as magical and wondrous as you
Turn around, every now and then I know there’s nothing any better
And there’s nothing that I just wouldn’t do
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

[Chorus]
And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
Cause we’ll never be wrong

Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

I really need you tonight
Forever’s going to start tonight
Forever’s going to start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
Turn around bright eyes