PHANTOM
Night time sharpens
Heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses...


Slowly, gently
Night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it
Tremulous and tender
Turn your face away
From the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away
From cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night


Close your eyes and surrender
To your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life
You knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar!
And you'll live as you've never lived before...


Softly, deftly
Music shall surround you
Feel it, hear it
Closing in around you
Open up your mind
Let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night


Let your mind start a journey
Through a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be!
Only then can you belong to me...


Floating, falling
Sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me
Savor each sensation
Let the dream begin
Let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write -
The power of the music of the night...


Lyrics submitted by BroadwayAngel232

The Phantom Of The Opera- The Music Of The Night song meanings
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    General CommentIn English Class we were made to compare this song to a short story we read. In the story a girl has to decide between two fates she has, basically of "good" and "evil" (to put it blatantly). This is a song a temptation, passion, lust and seduction. It is also very calming to listen to... you sort of fall into a trance just listening to the beautiful lyrics and sweet melody.
    alouiseon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this beautiful song is meant to be a call to the heroine, a temptation. A seduction, not only of the physical sort, but also a seduction of the mind. I think that the choice to be made is a... lifestyle choice, essentially.

    The song is meant to be an appeal to Christine's imagination, to turn away from one's practical side and give into the impractical, the dark, the beautiful/ugly. To live outside the boundaries of the (every)day. A call to the artist(?)inside.

    The eventual showdown between the Phantom and Raoul (in addition to the surface action) represents a real struggle for Christine's psyche, to give herself entirely to the shadowy world of the artist/performer; or to live the traditional, private role as an upper-class wife of that era.

    When Christine makes her final decision to flee the opera house with Raoul, we are left with the impression that she's left a part of herself behind, the diva/prima donna that she might have been. I personally get the impression that she will never perform professionally again.
    42 stepson January 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song of passion and love that reaches the soul and vibrates with life. This song symbolizes perverse love found in desperation and passion and sorrow. Of course, you may need to know the whole story to see this.
    Erik_Phantomon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this musical. Of course, this song is the Phantom trying to get Christine to give her mind to him, but for me, a night owl, it is also a bit of an ode to night-time. It's about seeing the beauty in darkness, about the splendour and the imaginativeness of night, It's contrast to garish daylight, and it's profound connection with music. To me, music sounds more beautiful in the darkness, because when you cannot see as well, you are truly immersed in the music. This song is beautiful to me because it epitomises everything I love about the night. I totally would have gone with the Phantom. Raoul was okay, but he lacked depth.
    RosesAndRuffleson September 04, 2013   Link

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