I see him standing silhouetted
In the lamp-light
I cross the street
And I quicken my pace
He cups his hands and he
Lights a cigarette
I find myself in the bones of his face

It's just the night in my veins
Oh
Making me crawl in the dust again
It's just the night
Under my skin
Slipping it in

He's got his hands in my hair
And his lips everywhere
Oh yeah
It feels good
It's alright
Even if it's just
The night in my veins

He's got me up against the back of a
Pick-up truck
Out of sight of the neon and glare
We might as well be on a beach
Under the moonlight
Love's language reads the same
Anywhere yeah

It's just the night in my veins
Oh
Making me crawl in the dust again
It's just the night
Under my skin
Slipping it in

He's got his chest on my back
Across a new Cadillac
Oh yeah
It feels good
It's alright
Even if it's just
The night in my veins
Even if it's just the night in my veins

I've got my head on the
Kerb and I can't produce
A word
Oh year
It feels good
It's alright
Even if it's just
The night in my veins

It feels good
It's alright
Even if it's just
The night in my veins

Even if it's just
The night in my veins
It feels good
It's alright


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Night in My Veins Lyrics as written by Christine Hynde Thomas Kelly

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    Hey bochel --- you are ignoring the refrain in EVERY verse, "it feels good, it's alright it's just the the night in my veins" which is how she explains her somewhat naughty behavior. And drunk - which finally explains how she ends up with her head on the curb. NEver been there myself but when you've had too much to drink, I suppose it can happen.

    And the first part --- "silhouetted in the lamplight I cross the street and I quicken my pace He cups his hands and he lights a cigarette I find myself in the bones of his face" she is in LOVE with this guy or at least crazy about him because then... "He's got his hands in my hair And his lips everywhere (oh yeah)"

    "Oh yeah" --- she is pretty happy about what's happening and it's terribly romantic. I remember a guy who used to put his hands in my hair and lips everywhere --- it was awesome.

    I can see why you think it's about rape but dearheart --- you're just not paying attention to EVERY word - just the ones that support your idea. "Making me crawl in the dust again." may be her reference to getting down and dirty but not in an entirely bad way.

    I've LOVED this band for more than twenty years and this might be their BEST SONG EVER!!!!

    FLY2venuson October 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    ANOTHER reason this isn't about a rape --- "He" is STANDING... lighting a cigarette... in other words HE isn't moving at all but is passive. SHE, on the other hand... is on the move - her attraction to him obvious - crossing the street (to him) and quickening her pace - she is eager! And she finds herself in the bones of his face - implies that she is looking deeply into his face and finding herself there - which NOT an alienated thing.

    But here's the clencher that this is a LOVE song...

    He's got me up against the back of a pick-up truck Either side of the neon glare It might as well be on a beach under the moonlight Love's language reads the same anywhere (yeah)

    "Love's language" --- this is NOT about rape. She is getting all amorous in the parking lot but feeling like she could be on a beach under the moonlight. THat's pretty romantic! I think the message here is that romance is where you find it.

    Maybe the last line about 'head on the curb' is a caution against drinking too much. heh heh.

    FLY2venuson November 02, 2008   Link
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    what a HOT song!! I can't believe no one has posted on it! what a sexy sexy hot song about hookin' up!

    musicgenius123on May 02, 2008   Link
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    Bochel can't be serious...and not love but sex or really it's about doing something that rhymes with ducking. I mean at one point she's bent over the hood of a Cadillac and he has his chest on her back. They aren’t playing hop scotch. Head on the curb...yeah they are probably drunk but he is on top of her and she can’t produce a word because she is at the height of sexual passion and out of breath. Or to quote another raucous song I like by Joan Osborne, "I've been on the floor looking for a chair/I been on a chair looking for a couch/I been on a couch looking for a bed." Only in this case they couldn't wait... For god’s sake we are talking about Chrissie Hynde here not some Disney Channel bimbo who wouldn’t know a good duck if one came up and AFLAC’ed on her. ;) It’s a Pretenders favorite among favorites for me.

    Splerbon July 31, 2009   Link
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    I can't believe some of the boneheads thinking that line "he's got my head on the curb and I can't produce a word" is talking about her puking. Where did they grow up? In a convent? It's one of the best lines of the whole tune. No one else has ever made out on the side of the road? The guy was "filling" her mouth, is why she "couldn't produce a word". Her mouth was plugged and busy-and it wasn't with puke! lol Sheesh!

    Wagriffon November 14, 2018   Link
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    This is one of the most thinly veiled songs about herion I've ever heard in my life.

    bobcatclayon February 23, 2010   Link
  • -1
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    Its not about hooking up, its a song about shooting heroin and what its comparable to.. As in how good it feels, comparing it to a lover. I would more likely say early on, cause by the end its a living hell.

    kalielion March 20, 2013   Link

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