"Red at Night" as written by and Brian Fallon....
I was born in a town where the rivers flow free
On a January night when the cold winds freeze
I got an Irish name and an injury
A blessing and a curse cast down on me

Ain't nobody got the blues like me
Ain't nobody got the blues like me

It was a blood red sky on the morning tide
There was a cold wind blowin' when I left that night
And the warning bells rang, all right, all right
Shoulda stayed home with you that night

Ain't nobody played the fool like I
Ain't nobody played the fool like I

Things got bad and things got worse
Half like a blessing, half like a curse
Seems a blessing's so hard to see sometimes
Got a little clearer 'bout dusk last night

Ain't nobody got a blessing like mine
Ain't nobody got a blessing like mine

It's a red sky night and I'm doin' all right
Red sky night and I'm doin' just fine


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"Red at Night" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentAmazing song... aside from the vague meaning here; a blessing in disguise. I think this about a more specific story; infidelity that begins a relationship with the assailant that touches closer to true love than the relationship with the victim.
    bathosdrifton July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. I would kill for them to record an acoustic album.
    plastic_sconeson April 25, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me this song is all about recognizing your blessings despite the curses.

    One correction on the lyrics: "This blessing's so hard to see sometimes, got a little clearer 'bout dusk last night."
    johnnycanuckon May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentListening to this song now for the 8th time(yay for play count).

    Reminds me of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    uroverratedon June 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis sounds like a tribute or even a loose cover of Woody Guthrie's "Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key" (as performed by Wilco and Billy Bragg).

    Wonderful, tender song.
    shieldyoureyeson November 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a Woody Guthrie/Wilco/Billy Bragg tribute, with a reference to CCR's "Lodi" thrown in, to boot: "things got bad and things got worse."
    goodreverendon December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust picked up on this -- this is a fairly positive song, the title coming from an old sailors' phrase: "Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in morning, sailor's warning." It talks about how the sky was red in the morning (an ominous sign that the seas will be rough), but now things are looking up.
    goodreverendon January 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYep, "red at night, sailor's delight" is an old maritime saying indicating safe seas ahead to travel.

    This song is about leaving. It's a goodbye infused with the usual Jersey boardwalk imagery.
    Tig45on June 18, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's the narrator thinking about his life before his impending doom. Maybe his ship capsized and as he's drowning, he's thinking all the lyrics. The last thing he thinks about was that beautiful red sky at night and how he felt before bad weather.

    The blessing and curse is being a fisherman, and how he wishes he stayed home with his girl that night.
    MusicMan55410203on February 15, 2017   Link

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