In the dark of the night
Those small hours
Uncertain and anxious
I need to call you

Rooms full of strangers
Some call me friend
But I wish you were so close to me

In the dark of night
Those small hours
I drift away
When I'm with you

In the dark of night
By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were

Here comes the clown
His face is a wall
No window
No air at all

In the dark of night
These faces they haunt me
But I wish you were
So close to me

In the dark of night
By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were
In the dark of night

By my side
In the dark of night
By my side
I wish you were
I wish you were

In the dark of night
These faces they haunt me
Well, I wish you were so close to me

Yes, I wish you were
By my side


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By My Side Lyrics as written by Kirk Pengilly Andrew Farriss

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song was not written by Michael Hutchence. It was written by Andrew Farriss. He has explained previously that it is about missing his wife and family whilst on tour.
    bingajon February 23, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song to me is about being far away from ur lover. when ur life is empty without them and u just wish u could be close to them. this is one of my fav inxs songs too.
    shakilon September 13, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMichael hutchence, like many people, suffered from severe depression. That's not to say that's where this song is coming from, but he was known that he did not like to be alone and he often felt lonely if his loved ones and close friends weren't around him. I always imagined the person in the story is Michael. He is at a party or some event where there are many, many people but no one whom he feels close to or connected with, and he is lonely and craving the intimacy of a lover or friend. He says "Rooms full of strangers; some call my friend", which leads me to believe he's at an event where many people are chatting with him but he feels it's all superficial. He wants someone who cares about him to be with him. He feels alone. He feels scared of being alone.

    Mostly what I gather from this song is that he's lonely. I don't think he's literally afraid of the dark or the "faces that haunt him", but he's feeling desperately claustrophobic being surrounded by people who don't know or care for him. He is yearning for closeness and he can't find it anywhere. I imagine he wrote this at a time when he was incredibly homesick or just plain lonely.
    eirenightshadeon December 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the chorus.
    mirandajuneon September 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest INXS song by a stretch! Full of feeling
    podson October 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song ♥ so much. it's one of my favorites by them, and every INXS knows how hard it is to pick out favorites :) this is my personal translation --

    In the dark of the night
    Those small hours
    Uncertain and anxious
    I need to call you
    (no explination needed)

    Rooms full of strangers
    Some call me friend
    But I wish you were so close to me
    (compared to the person he is lonely for, everyone around him seems like a stranger)

    In the dark of night
    Those small hours
    I drift away
    When I'm with you
    (first of all, it chills me when he sings "when i'm with you" :) this line is pretty self explanitory)

    In the dark of night
    By my side
    In the dark of night
    By my side, by my side, by my side
    I wish you were
    I wish you were

    Here comes the clown
    His face in a wall
    No window
    No air at all
    (i've always seen this line as saying no matter how much people try to cheer him up, (a clown), when he is lonely for his love everything is dark and gloomy and nothing can make him happy but the one he is singing about)

    In the dark of night
    Those faces they haunt me
    But I wish you were
    So close to me

    By my side
    By my side
    I wish you were
    I wish you were
    By my side

    In the dark of night
    Those faces they haunt me
    I wish you were so close to me

    Yes I wish you were
    By my side


    pretty self explanitory song, i think :) eirenightshade had a great description too
    x3mollyanne_o5on November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery emotional song, but in Australia NRMA has repeatedly raped that emotion. As my mother has said, surely it'd be a better song for some sort of charity organisation, eg. Lifeline, then a commercially-driven insurance company.
    Artemisianon May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon the person in the story is in a hospital bed and the only thing that can make him happy is his lover, not even a clown can erase his lonelyness.
    long_live_INXSon May 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally agree with eirenightshade. got it in one.
    beejayon August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon this one is their best...
    ShineYouDiamondon August 01, 2007   Link

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