"Nocturnal Me" as written by and Ian Stephen/sergeant Mcculloch....
In an ice-capped fire
Of burning wood
In our world of wire
Ignite our dreams
Of starry skies
And you and me
As realised
Our bigger themes

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

Do or die
What's done is done
True beauty lies
On the blue horizon
Who or why
What's one is one
In pure disguise
Of vulgar sons

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

Whatever burns
Burns eternally
So take me in
Turns internally
When I'm on fire
My body will be
Forever yours
Nocturnal me

In an ice-capped fire
Of burning wood
In our world of wire
Ignite our dreams
Of starry skies
And you and me
As realised
Our bigger themes

Oh, take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me
Take me internally
Forever yours
Nocturnal me


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"Nocturnal Me" as written by Leslie Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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  • +2
    General CommentA few years prior to the Ocean Rain LP, the Bunnymen took a trip to Greenland, I think, if memory serves, or else someplace similarly frigid; some of which you can see in the Porcupine album photos. Mac had said in some interview I remember that the epic nature of the scenery informed his pen in the lyrics of both Porcupine and Ocean Rain.

    It is a tribute to Ian and Will that the music and the lyrics evoke the epic feeling of such a place - listening to Ocean Rain, you know that you are in someplace bright, epic, and alternately both barren and inviting; another way of saying this is that most listeners certainly don't feel that they have escaped to a damp forest or a deep, encircling wood.

    Can't you feel it? An ice-capped fire of burning wood, the "bigger themes" . . . ? And staring into that fire roiling upward, what did Mac remember thinking, penning the lyrics, about back when he was in such a beautiful frozen place; what would you THINK was on all their minds, on the minds of all red-blooded men in the same setting, from the Vikings before them and onward, completing the frozen arc to Mac and the Boonymen?

    Yeah. Sex/Love/Passion, of course. I say the same as the prior comments, except less cynically, because I know they were singing to the Goddess of Passion as much as he/they were singing to any specific woman. This transcendent feeling is what inspired the Vikings to superhuman feats -- their next day -- of raping and pillaging, in a more barbaric time; and inspired Mac onward to rockstar super feats in a more civilized time. But all to fulfill their needs for their love goddess; yes, they want her to take them, wholly, internally, ignite them INTO the godhead of eros -- with the raw, passionate, physical kind of loving . . .

    Notice also that, viscerally, this song is the flip side, the yang-to-the-yin of "Silver," which evokes the brightly lit glittering expanses experienced in daylight, with shining horizon. -philipK
    philipkindredon March 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite song ever, along with Ocean Rain, both coming from the best album of all-time: Ocean Rain. Oh how I adore Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian's my hero, the only idol I have in life.
    As for this song: I think it is just about imaginary scenes, about a dreamy atmosphere. "an ice-capped fire on burning wood" sounds so beautiful yet also very surreal. I think the song just tries to create a surreal imaginary landscape full of beauty and full of dreams. Apart from that, Ian told it was an ode to the night, written in a time he was often awake and writing at nighttime.
    Cracked Pleasureson June 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always seen this album as a concept album for some reason, despite it not intensionally being one at all. But every time I listen to this album, especially this song and 'The Yo Yo Man' I think of a ship in the 17-1800s on the way to an icy barren country, the north pole for example, but has crashed, leaving the protagonist to deal with his fallen colleagues. There is so little information out there about this album and it's conceptual intentions, but I love reading these interpretations. Needless to say this is a very theatrical and atmospheric album, and the aesthetic of the album artwork only promotes this idea of sailing to an icy wasteland. Someone commented on here that Ian McCulloch wrote these lyrics whilst on a trip to Greenland, which answers so many questions! Seeing as this isn't a conceptual album, the other interpretations about it being about love and lust seem more relevant, and despite not noticing these connotations initially, they also make so much sense. I love this album so much!
    musson December 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also enjoy this song a lot and it really owns a 'nocturnal' atmosphere, not only in terms of lyrics but in terms of sound too. Well, I'm a big fan from this band but I hardly, hardly can get the point on most Ian's lyrics (well, I'm not exactly fluent in English anyway...). This being said, I can try to expose my impression about this - surprise, surprise! - enigmatic one. I think Ian is showing to us that when the night falls our real identities are revealed to ourselves and we feel free to be who we really are ("...impure disguise / our vulgar sons...") and to think about what should really matter in our own lives ("...and you and me / us realized, our bigger themes..."), since the dark of the night would force us to make a big movement of introspection. Besides, the night owns that perfect characteristic for leaving us to be as intense as you can be ("...whatever burns, burns eternally / so take me in turns internally / when I'm on fire, my body will be / forever yours / nocturnal me...").
    circusjuggleron October 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI meant "Besides, the night owns that perfect characteristic for leaving us to be as intense as WE can be". Sorry again.
    circusjuggleron October 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason this song always reminds me of tsarist Russia circa 1900. In my mind's eye - I wasn't there, of course - but still.

    I can't pin down how or why, but that's what I get out of it.
    Fedallahon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason this song always reminds me of tsarist Russia circa 1900. In my mind's eye - I wasn't there, of course - but still.

    I can't pin down how or why, but that's what I get out of it.
    Fedallahon January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSex. Wonderful, intense, burning hot love.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSex. Wonderful, intense, burning hot love.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSex. Wonderful, intense, burning hot love.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link

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