"Night Shift" as written by and Johan Emmoth John Andersson....
Only at night time... I see you
In darkness... I feel you
A bride by my side-I'm inside many brides Sometimes I wonder...
What goes on in your mind, always silent and kind unlike the others...

Fuck the mothers kill the others
Fuck the others kill the mothers
I'll put it out of my mind because... I'm out of my mind with you
In heaven and hell with you...

My Night Shift Sisters
Await your nightly visitor
They don't bother me
No they don't bother me

The cold marble slab submits at my feet with a neat dissection...
Looking so sweet to me-please come to me with your cold flesh-my cold love
Hissing... not kissing
A happy go lucky chap... always dressed in black he'll come to you, he'll come to you

My Night Shift Sisters
With your nightly visitor
A new vocation in life
My love with a knife

Fuck the mothers kill the others
Fuck the others kill the mothers
I'll put it out of my mind because... I'm out of my mind with you
In heaven and hell with you...


Lyrics submitted by Kaitou

"Night Shift" as written by Thurman Phillips

Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentWritten about Peter Suttcliffe, also known as the Yorkshire Ripper
    Erasercutson December 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningSIOUXSIE: " 'Night Shift' was about the Yorkshire Ripper, not Bela Lugosi, or whatever. Goth was pantomime." Source: Time out 26/09/98

    More information below:

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    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song gives me chills on my bonesies... probably the banshees darkest song
    Girgoon May 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first Siouxsie and the Banshees song I ever heard and this is all it took to attract me to them. It's fantastic and unsettling.
    tad482on March 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningMy favorite song by her, she's singing about the necrophiliac Peter Suttcliffe.
    stonedskateron February 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWell, to me this song talks about many things like the deep down inside of a woman's soul ("A bride by my side-I'm inside many brides Sometimes I wonder...") and the anger against family/childhood and every traumas tha may come with it ("Fuck the mothers kill the others Fuck the others kill the mothers") and of course, about the thin line between love and hate aswell ("I'll put it out of my mind because... I'm out of my mind with you In heaven and hell with you...").
    jujujuon August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll I have to say is she meant that (Siouxsie)!!! She sounds like a powerhouse on the album version....makes you turn it up and knock the knob off. The passion of the lyrics, the genius drumming. My favorite Siouxsie song.
    paintedbirdon February 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationReading the lyrics, it seems to me like this song is about an evil person that visits her every night ("your nightly visitor") to have sex with her. This person isn't really a person, more like a demon or something ("please come to me with your cold flesh, my cold love; hissing, not kissing"), and it has killed people.
    Of course it's probably not about a demon visiting a woman. It also sounds like she's being kept somewhere, with other women, and this dude just comes in and visits them every night. except why would she "not mind" then, if she's being held hostage with other people?
    I guess I'm not sure how I interpret this song, but those are the two ideas that I get.
    Foggypebble2on June 28, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentFeels unpolished.
    Lateralus518on July 02, 2009   Link

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