"The Night Will Only Know" as written by Jenny L. Yates, Troyal Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis....
That night will live forever
Their first time to lie together
They were finally where desire dared them to go
Both belonging to another
But longing to be lovers
Promising each other that the night will only know
Parked on some old backstreet
They laid down in the back seat
And fell into the fire down below
But they would pay for their deceiving
For a deadly web was weaving
Why they picked that spot that evening
Lord, the night will only know
Well within the innuendos
Just outside the steamy windows
The night was shattered by a woman's scream
Motionless and frightened
The grip of fate had tightened
And with trembling hands they wiped away the steam
They saw a woman pleading
Stumbling, begging and retreating'
Til she became the victim of her foe
And they watched her fall in silence
To save their own alliance
But the reason for the violence
Just the night will only know
And every paper ran the story
She was stripped of all her glory
And the told exactly how the woman died
Abandoned and forsaken
Too many pills were taken
And they ruled the woman's death a suicide
Bound by their behavior
They could have been her savior
Now guilt becomes the endless debt they owe
But another crime was committed
And it's never been admitted
Have the guilty been acquitted
Lord, the night will only know


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"The Night Will Only Know" as written by Stephanie Davis Garth Brooks

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    General CommentThank you for answering my question. Now to answer yours:

    "What I want to know is what

    "But another crime was committed
    And it's never been admitted
    Have the guilty been acquitted
    Lord, the night will only know."

    is referring to."

    I think what this means is that the "crime" was that the couple in the car were being adulterous. Adultry is oftne considered a crime in addtion to the fact that they were an accessory to murder because they lied by omission and also because they didn nothing to help the person being murdered.
    sexie_one4287on July 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"What i have to wonder is the woman that found them... just coincidence or was that maybe the guy's wife and they just tried to make it look like suicide?"

    There are four people in the song. The people having sex in the car, who are cheating on their respective spouses. Then there's the murderer and the victim. I think those two were in a relationship, and she cheated on him, so he kills her and makes it look like a suicide. That connection isn't really stated, but it fits thematically I think. The people having the affair in the car don't come forward so the murderer is never caught.

    What I want to know is what

    "But another crime was committed
    And it's never been admitted
    Have the guilty been acquitted
    Lord, the night will only know."

    is referring to.

    Tiranon April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNobody has comminted on this song? This is a GREAT SONG, but realy not sure how to take it.
    militarypilot2002on February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Ratanx on almost everything. I think that they were adults. The song says "both belonging to another" which to me says they were both married !

    What i have to wonder is the woman that found them... just coincidence or was that maybe the guy's wife and they just tried to make it look like suicide?
    sexie_one4287on December 19, 2007   Link
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    QuestionFirst off I LOVE this song! Huge Garth fan (even named our daughter Brooke), and this is one of my all time favorites! Always been confused by the lyrics regarding the woman in the alley though... Song states:

    They saw a woman bleeding
    Stumbling, begging, and retreating
    'Til she became the victim of her foe

    How does this end up being confused as a a suicide? Particularly one where, "Too many pills were taken"? This line has never made sense to me...Am I missing something that someone else could help clarify??
    ned1012089on August 31, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThey saw a woman bleeding
    Stumbling, begging, and retreating
    'Til she became the victim of her foe

    How does this end up being confused as a a suicide? Particularly one where, "Too many pills were taken"? This line has never made sense to me...Am I missing something that someone else could help clarify??

    The word is pleading not bleeding so the killer having never touched her was able to make it look like a suicide via the pills
    joseph1194on October 16, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThat night will live forever
    Their first time to lie together
    They were finally where desire dared them to go
    Both belonging to another
    But longing to be lovers

    TELLS ME THEY WERE PROBABLY BOTH MARRIED AND SLIPPED OFF TO HAVE AN AFFAIR

    Promising each other that the night will only know
    Parked on some old backstreet
    They laid down in the back seat
    And fell into the fire down below
    But they would pay for their deceiving
    For a deadly web was weaving
    Why they picked that spot that evening

    THE SPOT BEING MENTIONED IS IMPORTANT. THAT SUGGESTS TO ME THEY DON'T KNOW THE VICTIM.

    Lord, the night will only know
    Well within the innuendos
    Just outside the steamy windows
    The night was shattered by a woman's scream
    Motionless and frightened
    The grip of fate had tightened
    And with trembling hands they wiped away the steam

    NO INTERPRETATION NEEDED HERE

    They saw a woman pleading
    Stumbling, begging and retreating'
    Til she became the victim of her foe

    IS THE FOE ANOTHER HUMAN OR THE INCREDIBLY SCREWED UP THING SHE SAW (HER CAR, HUSBAND, ECT...?)

    And they watched her fall in silence
    To save their own alliance
    But the reason for the violence

    MAYBE SHE HURT HERSELF? SCARFED DOWN PAIN PILLS AND OTHER SELF-DESTRUCTION

    Just the night will only know
    And every paper ran the story
    She was stripped of all her glory
    And the told exactly how the woman died
    Abandoned and forsaken
    Too many pills were taken
    And they ruled the woman's death a suicide

    MAYBE IT WAS A SUICIDE? MAYBE HER HUSBAND'S INFEDILITY DROVE HER CRAZY AND SHE HURT HERSELF? (I'VE KNOWN OF DEPLOYED MEMBERS COMMITTING SUICIDE OVERSEAS WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEIR SPOUSE BACK HOME IS CHEATING)

    Bound by their behavior
    They could have been her savior
    Now guilt becomes the endless debt they owe

    MAYBE IT WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF THEY HADN'T HAD THE AFFAIR?

    But another crime was committed
    And it's never been admitted
    Have the guilty been acquitted
    Lord, the night will only know

    ALL PREVIOUS EXPLANATIONS, IF INDEED CORRECT, MAKE THIS LAST ONE OBVIOUS.
    yellowsaberedjedion November 14, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThey were young kids, out having sex in a car, but a woman who was raped and beaten comes upon them. Instead of helping her, they leave her to die, so nobody will know what they were doing.
    ratanxon June 04, 2007   Link

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