"One More Night" as written by and Phil Collins....
Try as he might
He's unable to speak
He grabs her by the hair
He strokes her on the cheek

The bed is un-made
Like everything is
Dark little heaven
At the top of the stairs

Take me like that
Ruin it all
Then build it again
By the light in the hall

He drops to his knees
Says please my love, please
I'll kill who you hate
Take off that dress, you won't freeze

One more night, that was a good one
One more night, I dreamed it was good one (one more)
One more night, that was a good one
One more night, the end should be a good one
A good one

He starts with her back
Cause that's what he sees
When she's breaking his heart
She still fucks like a tease

Release to the sky
Look him straight in the eye
And tell him right now
That you wish he would die

You'll never touch him again
So get what you can
Bleeding him empty
Just because he's a man

So good when it ends
They'll never be friends
One more night
That's all they can spend is

One more night, that was a good one
One more night, I dreamed it was good one (one more)
One more night, that was a good one
One more night, the end should be a good one
A good one


Lyrics submitted by foxiliary, edited by Stockholm

"One More Night" as written by Evan Whitney Cranley Torquil John Campbell

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's not about rape, it's not about break-up sex; it's the continuation of Your Ex-Lover is Dead. Hence the title containing "Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead".

    Consider the meaning of "Your Ex-Lover is Dead". It's about two people who once dated a long time ago and now have re-met. These people both got into a taxi together, and the song ends with both agreeing they aren't sorry the relationship is over, however they don't part ways.

    Instead, as "One More Night" shows, they decide to spend one more night together, despite being broken up ages ago. The imagery towards the end of the song even makes it sound like revenge sex, as in "Your Ex-Lover is Dead", she was hurt more than him (who doesn't even remember her name) regarding the break up, and now she's "leaving him empty", and telling him she would "wish that he'd die". While he wants it as he "drops to his knees", begging for her.

    It's not rape because they both want it and they're both being hurt by it and it's not break-up sex because they're already broken up. It's the return to an old relationship for meaningless/casual sex, but it turns out to mean more than was intended.
    uninspiredmeon February 24, 2011   Link
  • +3
    MemoryProps for capturing the bittersweet tragedy of breakup sex.
    migmolon February 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs. every echo, every pause, every inflection, every reverb is simply perfectly used. both parties sound so hollow but so pained. the little rockout after "you'll never touch him again" is an effective use of shock to get a reaction, musically, lyrically and emotionally.

    if it's about lovers mutually scorned, breakup sex, or a one-night stand between people who have slept together/know each other - all meanings would fit, frankly - it almost doesn't matter, because the emotions at work here are so primally human. "take off that dress/you won't freeze" particularly effects me because he's trying to care but he wants her at the same time. by the end of the song, you end up sympathizing and yet not liking both people, and that's brilliant.
    sensitivetofateon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the song...

    i dunno about the breakup sex and all....

    anyone else feel that the singer is being bitter and sarcastic when she sings, "one more night, THAT WAS A GOOD ONE"...

    like someone told her "just one more night", and then it turns out it wasn't, and she's angry at them for saying that.
    arose31on July 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing song first of all ! wow...anyways, my take on it is that it is about two people having sex after they have broken up.
    "One more night, that was a good one"- sarcastically as if they both know that when they say that, it is not the truth.
    "The bed is un-made, like everything is"- shows that everything is not decided upon whether or not they are dating or just having sex for the hell of it.
    "He starts with her back, cause thats what he sees"-meaning she has her back turned to him because she is not fully into the sex because she knows it is wrong and won't fix anything.
    "dark little heaven at the top of the stairs
    take me like that, ruin it all
    then build it again, by the light in the hall"- meaning that when they go into the bedroom everything is ruined because in a sense it is meaningless sex because they are not dating but he will fix everything outside of the bedroom because he will treat her well.
    "you'll never touch him again, so get what you can"- she sees it as a last opportunity to be with him so she will settle with just having sex with him in the hopes of getting him back

    ..anyways, thats what I got out of the song! Truly a beautiful song.
    keepthenoiselowon October 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the line is actually "Bleeding him empty just because he's a man" Yea? That's what it seems like on my version anyway.

    In response to the 'musical flare' question, I actually like it. It seems angry and edgy ... like he's mad that she's thinking that, but he's doing it anyway.
    Zaphod77on February 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a girl breaking a boy's heart.
    and his begging her to stay at the start when he says "i'll kill who you hate"
    and then i think he just wants to have one more night with her cause its the best he can get.
    he tells her to take her dress off and they have sex,
    she knows she wont touch him again and they'll never be friends.
    for some reason she tells him to die i think thats because she regrets sleeping with him.
    tara19on November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI may be completely off but I don't think this is just about "breakup sex" but more so about the woman ending the affair she's having with this guy. The sex is good and rough (lol) in the act of adultery but she's in a relationship and is choosing that over the affair since she knows it's wrong.
    They have "gotta end the affair/goodbye sex" He still wants her, and possibly wants her to stay with him - hence the lines "while she's breaking his heart, she still fucks like a tease" and "you'll never touch him again, so leave while you can. Leaving him empty, just because he's a man."
    It's also like the guy is giving her either an option to stay or to leave and "we'll never be friends." and obviously it doesn't continue.
    "one more night, the end should be a good one."

    I may be completely off, and it might be me saying this out of being in a similar predicament, but that's my take on it.
    tealsneakerson January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song to me is all about how their relationship cannot go on any longer, but for one more night they can love each other and be together. Their is a contrast in their relationship in which they are loving and caring towards each other but it such a rough way. "He grabs her by the hair, strokes her on the cheek", "I'll kill who you hate, take off that dress you won't freeze." To me it's about closure, letting go of someone that you know you can't be with, even though you still have feelings for them.
    DylanAndrewon April 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRad Song with rad lyrics.
    "when shes breaking his heart, she still fucks like a tease"
    hellobonjouron March 27, 2005   Link

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