"Nightporter" as written by and David Sylvian....
Could I ever explain this feeling of love?
It just lingers on
The fear in my heart that keeps telling me
Which way to turn

We'll wander again
Our clothes they are wet
We shy from the rain
Longing to touch all the places we know we can hide
The width of a room that can hold so much pleasure inside

Here am I alone again
A quiet town where life gives in
Here am I just wondering
Nightporters go
Nightporters slip away

I'll watch for a sign
And if I should ever again cross your mind
I'll sit my room and wait until nightlife begins
And catching my breath, we'll both brave the weather again

Here am I alone again
The quiet town where life gives in
Here am I just wondering
Nightporters go
Nightporters slip away


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"Nightporter" as written by David Sylvian

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    General CommentNight Porter the 1974 Movie starring Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling was about an impossible relationship between an Ex Concentration Camp operative (Bogarde) and one of his captives whom he sexually abused at the camp. Rampling meets Bogarde again in 1957 in Vienna where he is laying low working as a night porter and the they take up where they left off 13 years earlier. The film also touches on sleeping Nazi cells who are still operating and plan a surprise for the Couple.
    Lespaul67on February 01, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really beautiful song ;A; simply constructed songs like this don't usually appeal to me but I've found myself absolutely in love with this one. Japan is a fucking great band and very underrated; I just wish I'd heard of them sooner than I did.

    and hey, Duran Duran is definately not lame! Just far more commercially successful because they took advantage of music videos and their own good looks, which automatically makes them less okay to like and less brilliant as musicians, am i rite? ;B if it weren't for them I wouldn't have even discovered Japan or gotten into new wave in the first place. Also, they definately did copy Japan on their first album and they definately did admit to them being one of their greatest influences.

    and hey, Le Bon's got a bit of an ego for sure, but if you took the time to read/listen to his lyrics past the big hit songs that everyone knows you'd find that they've got a lot of the same sort of depth and feeling that Sylvian's lyrics have got, his writing style's just different (and man does he leave you wondering what the hell he's talking about sometimes).
    bubbleteaon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDon´t forget all the other fantastic songs and lyrics by JAPAN. Ghosts, The Other Side Of Life, Swing and Taking Islands In Africa. Unforgetable songs thanks to the genius of Japan. By the way, David Sylvian was in my country accused for copying Bryan Ferry (okay their voices sounds a bit similar)but their styles a totally different. Mick Karn is truly the best basist I have ever heard ;-))

    Every time I hear Nightporter I get the shiwers, and I have heard it consistantly for the last 25 years.

    sillesfaron January 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere was a film by the name of "Portiere di notte, Il" or "The Nightporter".
    The film was released in 1974.
    This song was released years later.
    This reference/link is credible at least.
    marquiceriseon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never heard a band named Japan. But I have heard this song, and I think it's ok.
    Foopon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, such hunting music, David sings this song so perfectly, but he sings all of Japan's songs perfectly.
    JpnGhton April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this is a good song. I think Japan is one of the bands from the 80s that was consistently underrated (at least in the US).

    Some of their stuff was bad. Adolescent Sex and Obscure Alternatives were pretty silly, but at the same time funny and funky in a certain way.

    Their later, more polished stuff had a bit similar sound to Duran Duran only with more depth, style and feeling.

    And then Tin Drum was a fantastic album that was very creative and original.

    At least in the US, only a few people even knew who they were.
    sbfisheron October 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentif you like this song, try getting some music by a french composer called "eric satie", he was a reclusive eccentric who wrote for solo piano, youll allready know some of his stuff when you hear it, some of it is eccentric and kind of "quirky", but other pieces are minimal, elegant, beautifull and very haunting, like "nightporter" im sure this japan track is referencing satie as a mark of respect, i know that david sylvian is quite reclusive aswel. by the way, does any one know what the film "the nightporter" is about?
    johnstonutdon June 25, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbut tell me sbfisher, when US were smart in music? they didin't care of nothing except lame madonna and all that crap..

    plus duran duran is really lame, i mean they so copied japan and never admited it. i'm glad that sylvian had more stuff inside his head than lebone, which was a concrete narcissus from what i've seen.

    by the way i love this song, gentlemen take polaroids is a good album.
    carrotkinson June 25, 2007   Link

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