"Bring On The Night" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
The afternoon has gently passed me by
The evening spreads its sail against the sky
Waiting for tomorrow
Just another day
God bid yesterday goodbye

Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight

The future is but a question mark
Hangs above my head there in the dark
Can't see for the brightness
Is staring me blind
God bid yesterday goodbye

Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight

Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
Bring on the night
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight

I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight
I couldn't stand another hour of daylight


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"Bring on the Night" as written by Gordon Sumner

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  • +3
    General CommentKInda depressing... the change from major to minor key after "night" fits the mood perfectly. Whenever I hear this song I picture someone lying in bed during daytime, curtains drawn, dull yellow light half-filling the dusty room, just staring at the ceiling with vacant eyes...
    welshbard482on December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor me, Reggatta De Blanc is also a great example of how an album cover is able to fit in the general mood of the record. The grim, bluish overtones of the (rather simplistic) cover immediately remind one both of the 'night' ('Bring On The...') and of the 'moon' ('Walking On The...'). This is not a depressing or a morose record at all, yet it always gives the feeling of something slightly otherworldly - and yet it is not exactly sci-fi rock. The Police certainly take off, but they don't go very far - they're not Syd Barrett and they're not even Brian Eno. They are floating in mid-air, waving their hands (and drumsticks) at you, inviting you to take a walk on the moon or something like that. And the major highlights of the album make even the simpler and more realistic songs on here acquire that 'mystical bluish tint'.
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the guy in the song is secretly cracking up and wants the night to come on so he can drop his mask and lie in bed worrying himself to death.

    Andy Summers is amazing on this song.
    Boss Manon July 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe 1979 gold album Regatta de Blanc topped the charts with its two loneliness-inspired singles—“Message in a Bottle” and “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”—and for one about not feeling the effects of gravity so much when in love: “Walking on the Moon.” It also, however, contained “Bring On the Night,” a song originally about Pontius Pilate, based on the late English poet Ted Hughes’ work, “King of Carrion.” (Another Hughes poem, “Truth Kills Everybody,” inspired Outlandos’ “Truth Hits Everybody.”)

    [From Rock & Holy Rollers: The Spiritual Beliefs of Chart-Topping Rock Stars in Their Lives and Lyrics by Geoffrey D. Falk.]
    sillybunnyon September 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can never get sick of this song...
    mirandajuneon August 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never saw this song as depressing or anything- I mean, I know now that's it's about an execution, but the song always had some form of joy. Instead of "Let the night come, because I can't waste my time on another day" I heard, "Let the night come, so I can enjoy it with my lover." Though my explanation differs vastly from the true story, and there's really nothing romantic described in the song, I can't stop hearing it that way. Best Police song on their best album!
    EnduringChillon October 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis could be taken literally, or it could be a metaphor. The metaphorical sense would be when you have this strange desire for things to go wrong. Some people because they're masochistic, some want pity, some feel more alive.

    Great song for riding through the Pine Barrens on a November night.
    suckmykisson December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was a night owl as a teenager, and I would sometimes ride my bike at night to be alone with my thoughts. This was and is a great song for those times.
    john609811on February 16, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    "Gary had a troubled relationship with his father, whom his youngest brother Mikal described as a "cruel and unreasonable man." Frank Gilmore, Sr. was strict and quick to anger, and would often whip his sons Frank, Jr., Gary and Gaylen with a razor strop, whip or a belt for little or no reason. Less often, he would beat his wife."
    Another innocent child who is brought to this world without asking for it. After a life of hell and suffering, ends up being shot at a death sentence. And the most mind blowing thing of all: the people responsible for his existence ended up being alive and well walking the face of the earth. It's not the first time this story happens and surely it will not be the last. This planet is a fucking prison and a living hell. :(
    FeelingShredon March 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the lyrics of "Bring on the Night" were recycled from the song, Carrion Prince (O Ye of Little Hope), which was written by Sting for the band, Last Exit.

    The title Carrion Prince (O Ye of Little Hope) was taken from Ted Hughes's poem, King of Carrion, and is about Pontius Pilate; however, after reading The Executioner's Song, Sting felt that the words fitted Gary Gilmore's death wish, and says that since then, "I sing it with him in mind."

    So it wasn't written for or about Gary Gilmore, but is simply very fitting.
    kathy10154on December 03, 2016   Link

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