All through the night
I'll be awake and I'll be with you
All through the night
This precious time when time is new
Oh, all through the night today
Knowing that we feel the same without saying

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

All through the night
Stray cat is crying so stray cat sings back
All through the night
They have forgotten what binding they lack
Oh under those white street lamps
There is a little chance they may see

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

Oh the sleep in your eyes is enough
Let me be there, let me stay there awhile

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end


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All Through the Night Lyrics as written by Jules Shear

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  • +4
    General Comment

    I both hate her voice and love it. :| :)

    Thia007on November 30, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I’ve always loved the last line in the chorus “until it ends there is no end” This song has stayed with me over time. A beautiful song-both lyrically and musically.

    MobileDJon December 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    first night with another person, embarking on a new relationship, beautiful

    missmeon September 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I agree with everyone, especially xxandy. The keyboard loop gives the song an ethreal, almost haunting quality that always brings to mind the first night with someone new, when the sky's the limit, the night's so full of promise, and anything's possible. The song just wouldn't work without it. Lauper's vocals add to it, her almost childlike voice blending with the sensual quality of the music to take the whole to a wonderful new level. Simply superb.

    lanakaelon July 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
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    Actually, from research I've learned this sond has a deeper meaning than just falling in love for the first time. This time is an ode to the young urbin punk rocker crowd who were by and large poor and troubled and how they tended to turn to sex to assauge their day to day hardships of the difficult reality they lived in. This song is very 80s pop and a Punk Ballad at the same time.

    hardroadzon August 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Just a fantastic song - probably her best. My only quibble with it is the line is "what by day they lack" but it appears to sound like she is singing "what binding they lack". She clearly pronunciates "by day" in live recording

    beerman37on December 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
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    I disagree with mcfine.

    To me, is not about fleeting love. It's about a woman madly in love, encouraging her lover to feel comfortable and "go with it", and praying her new soul mate feels, or will feel, as much love as her. It is the poet woman experiencing meeting and loving whom she believes to be her soul-mate. The woman is so selflessly, spiritually in love with the man that she suggests that "We have no past, we won't reach back", as in nothing has or could have existed before the fated meeting of lovers. "Keep with me forward all through the night" is her plea to her (as of yet) unrequited lover to stay with it, just experience it. Basically, experience the divine. "oh, the sleep in your eyes is enough", is another affirmation it is unrequited love, as of yet. She lays awake, passionately falling in love, and yet he's asleep. She's more hopeful than that, and she pleads..."let me be there, let me stay there awhile". Let me please, have this feeling of hope, even though it may not come to equal. "This precious time, when time is new" does allude to the fact that she's falling in love - maybe they're both falling in love. I particularly like, "stray cat is crying, so stray cat sings back" - a duo for two latch-key kids, obviously meant to be together. and "They have forgotten, what by day they knew" Cat's sleep at day and are docile. Nighttime is the prime time for felines. It alludes to inhibitory bedroom behavior, not just in sex, but the freeing of one's soul and mind. In that they share more of their soul than ever before. "This precious time, when time is new", and you're invincibly in love, and nothing can stop you and you can do anything, you can together make all your dreams come true. It is precious time. Remember when you first fell in love? Do you treat the person as kind and tender now as you once did then? Do you feel as passionately towards them as you once did? Food for thought.

    To me, the song is actually, sad. Beautiful, but sad. I don't think she ends up with her lover.

    meanderKLIKon January 07, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    The singer is the Goddess, or the Holy Spirit. "The night" refers to the darkness of material existence. Like "stray cats," we've left our home in the light. Though we've forgotten our home, we still feel its absence as separation. Thus, we cry for "what by day [we] lack," our lost unity with the divine.

    Our eternal home is without time or punishment. But once we start the darkness of material existence, "the meter[s]" of both time and karmic debt click. We age, and we fear death. And just as a meter measures the amount of a bill, so does our karmic debt accrue through multiple lifetimes. Until it ends--until we transcend material existence, and time, and karma; until ego consciousness reunites with the divine, and the fallen world reunites with the pleroma, there is no end.

    Our twin stray cat, Sophia, whose disastrous departure from the pleroma brought material existence into being, answers our plaintive cries. She sends the Christos to reside deep in our consciousness, hidden from the rulers of this world. The "white street lamps," the bhoditsavas, the pneumatics, have awakened their inner Christs. They've delayed their return to the pleroma to shine their light to show us the road home. There is a little chance we might see.

    Baz745on March 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is so true. The night can bring some good times that the day just doesn't produce. It also sounds good. Love it.

    My Preciouson April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    All about starting anew. Nice and hopeful. Fun to listen to when you're just starting to fall in love. The running keyboard loop in the background is very 80ish, it's a big part of what makes this song beautiful.

    xxandyon January 19, 2007   Link

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