"Waiting for the Night" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
I'm waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
I'm waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable
And there in the still
All that you feel is tranquillity
There is a star in the sky
Guiding my way with its light
And in the glow of the moon
Know my deliverance will come soon
I'm waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
I'm waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable
And there in the still
All that you feel is tranquillity
There is a sound in the calm
Someone is coming to harm
I press my hands to my ears
It's easier here just to forget fear
And when I squinted
The world seemed rose-tinted
And angels appeared to descend
To my surprise
With half-closed eyes
Things looked even better
Than when they were open
Been waiting for the night to fall
I knew that it would save us all
Now everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
Been waiting for the night to fall
Now everything is bearable
And here in the still
All that you feel is tranquility


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"Waiting for the Night" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentI don't think it has anything to do with the night whatsoever... if you ask me, it sounds like he was hit over the head... or shot... or something to that effect... and in his last moments he is at peace. Able to forget all of the horrid things he has seen and done, and is simply waiting for the darkness of death to consume him... waiting for the night to fall. At least that's how I'm reading into it.
    Catawhompuson February 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with both interpretations. Sounds like he is waiting for darkness of death, but also waiting for the night because it is calm and peaceful. This song is defenitly soothing and one of the best depeche mode songs.
    ThoR294on June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dont get death out of it but more like he is tripping on something and can barely keep his eyes open. he feels no pain and is tranquil. He hears a noise and presses his hands to his ears so he wont hear it cause its hurting his mood. he just wants to fall into his haze.
    phnxxxon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hope no one gets offended but I think it has a much darker meaning.
    When he says there's a star in the sky guiding my way with it's light. I think he's referring to lucifer. (Venus)
    I think he is in meditation when he says he is with half closed eyes.
    I think that because of all the other songs they have like personal Jesus and blasphemous rumors and more.
    Just my thought
    Señorprocuradordelestadoon December 17, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not completely sure what Depeche Modes meaning of this song is, but I know how it makes ME feel. It conjures images in my mind of being up in the mountains, it's dark, the stars are bright, the moon is full. I can hear sounds of animals in the darkness, although they are friendly towards me. I can feel the breeze, and smell the freshness of the air. I am at peace. I am one with nature, and the darkness. I feel so exhilerated. To ME this song represents the night. Something of mystery. Something I love, and each day, I long for it. The night is full of beauty, and intrigue. it calls out to me it satisfies me. The night is my favorite time. It is quiet, and the creatures of the night are safe from prying eyes. This is what this song means to ME. The images I see when listening to D.M. just prove to me what great artists D.M. truly are. If an artist can convey such emotion, and imagery they are truly great, and Depeche Mode IS truly great!
    Ratgirlon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There is a sound in the calm
    Someone is coming to harm
    I press my hands to my ears
    It's easier here just to forget fear"

    Those lines to me change the entire meaning of the song so that it seems more like at night time, he can forget all of his sins and pretend that everything is right with the world. The line "know my deliverance will come soon" ties in with this, in my opinion.

    Still a beautiful, atmospheric song.
    Silverdewon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with catawhompus. he seems like he is close to death, and death seems more pleasant to him than living. basically, this verse:

    "And angels appeared to descend
    To my surprise
    With half-closed eyes
    Things looked even better
    Than when they were opened"

    the next verse:
    ''NOW everything is bearable''

    so he died. that's how i interpret it.
    iamamonsteron May 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRatgirl, I completely agree with you on that. I am exactly the same way. To me, this type of thing is inexplicable. There's a certain something about the night, in all its enigma, beauty and strange power. It seems to portray a similar kind of "essence" as a wonderful fragrance, spectacular painting, scenery, or melody. I don't care how tacky it sounds, I feel so alive at night. I love the sensation of the air moving through and around as it provides solace with its gentle breath. Its swaying of the trees is so peaceful, and in a way hypnotizing. And the stars...That's the best part. Their splendor never ceases to astonish me. I probably sound ridiculous, but it doesn't matter. Life is too short to worry about such things...
    dawntreaderon December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI forgot to mention that I agree with you [Ratgirl] in the feeling of night. As for the song's meaning...I think I'm more with Catawhompus.
    dawntreaderon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly what I was thinking Catawhompus...when I was reading the lyrics, I was getting an imagine of a man fleeing in the forest and hiding, but knowing he'll be found. he's found, then shot in the head. before I read the lyrics, I thought the song sounded kinda sexy and thought it could be about sex lol
    mightymouseon January 12, 2006   Link

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