I'm waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
I'm waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable
And there in the still
All that you feel
Is tranquility

There is a star in the sky
Guiding my way with its light
And in the glow of the moon
Know my deliverance will come soon

There is a sound in the calm
Someone is coming to harm
I press my hands to my ears
It's easier here just to forget fear

And when I squinted
The world seemed rose-tinted
And angels appeared to descend
To my surprise
With half-closed eyes
Things looked even better
Than when they were opened

Been waiting for the night to fall
Now everything is bearable
And here in the still
All that you hear
Is tranquility

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    General Comment

    I dont get death out of it but more like he is tripping on something and can barely keep his eyes open. he feels no pain and is tranquil. He hears a noise and presses his hands to his ears so he wont hear it cause its hurting his mood. he just wants to fall into his haze.

    phnxxxon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    I think this is an unconventional Christmas carol. The talk of deliverance arriving by night (Christ) and someone coming to harm (the innocents if Bethlehem) are both Christmas themes, as are a star guiding my way and angels descending.

    lawrence67on October 09, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    I don't think it has anything to do with the night whatsoever... if you ask me, it sounds like he was hit over the head... or shot... or something to that effect... and in his last moments he is at peace. Able to forget all of the horrid things he has seen and done, and is simply waiting for the darkness of death to consume him... waiting for the night to fall. At least that's how I'm reading into it.

    Catawhompuson February 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is most peaceful, and it has taken me to wonderful places, but i think there is something else that phnxx barely touched upon-

    i think he is making an analogy of the high of [drug of choice] to the calmness of night:

    "Keeps us from the stark reality ... When everything is bearable And there in the still All that you feel Is tranquility"

    This makes further sense if you consider these lines:

    "There is a sound in the calm Someone is coming to harm I press my hands to my ears It's easier here just to forget fear"

    Notice that 'someone' is coming to harm, as the drug is taking him over, but he rather just 'forgets' about it, not that the danger has been eliminated.

    Now fully on his trip, he sees visions and a "rose tinted" i.e. a perfect world.

    I hate that many say a lot of songs are about drugs, but this one seems very obvious to me, as well as it is pretty much consensus that this album is about addiction/rehab.

    ShadowManon May 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I'm thinking along the same lines as SilverDew.

    To me it's about the bliss of ignorance that keeps us from seeing the stark realities of life. The dark hides both fear and deed and all that remain are subtle details.

    Lrxston August 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    To me , it is a lullaby for adults ...When you are trying to fall asleep and start thinking about all the problems, concerns , hurt etc...

    There is a sound in the calm ( the voice in your head keeping you from sleeping, thinking on all the things that you are concerned about...

    Someone is coming to harm ( The anxiety , thoughts disturbing your peace ) I press my hands to my ears( try not to listen to it ) It's easier here just to forget fear ( let go of those thoughts of fear ) And when I squinted ( short sighted people squint, in order to see better The world seemed rose-tinted( if you see better, you will see all the positives , and be peaceful And angels appeared to descend ( peace invading your soul) To my surprise With half-closed eyes( if you block the negative and see the positive, closing your eyes to what is negative) Things looked even better

    sleep, rest, trust your guidance ( there is a star in the sky) and you will be ready for the next day... beautiful!!

    REDSKYINTHEAFTERNOONon June 05, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    I'm not completely sure what Depeche Modes meaning of this song is, but I know how it makes ME feel. It conjures images in my mind of being up in the mountains, it's dark, the stars are bright, the moon is full. I can hear sounds of animals in the darkness, although they are friendly towards me. I can feel the breeze, and smell the freshness of the air. I am at peace. I am one with nature, and the darkness. I feel so exhilerated. To ME this song represents the night. Something of mystery. Something I love, and each day, I long for it. The night is full of beauty, and intrigue. it calls out to me it satisfies me. The night is my favorite time. It is quiet, and the creatures of the night are safe from prying eyes. This is what this song means to ME. The images I see when listening to D.M. just prove to me what great artists D.M. truly are. If an artist can convey such emotion, and imagery they are truly great, and Depeche Mode IS truly great!

    Ratgirlon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree with both interpretations. Sounds like he is waiting for darkness of death, but also waiting for the night because it is calm and peaceful. This song is defenitly soothing and one of the best depeche mode songs.

    ThoR294on June 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    I forgot to mention that I agree with you [Ratgirl] in the feeling of night. As for the song's meaning...I think I'm more with Catawhompus.

    dawntreaderon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    To me it's about isolating yourself from pain. Night could mean anywhere you don't have to see the negativity around you.

    "There is a sound in the calm Someone is coming to harm I press my hands to my ears It's easier here just to forget fear"

    That part of the song shows to me he'd rather be numb to pain than deal with it. Anyway, being an insomniac, I love this song.

    son_of_salmonon March 03, 2006   Link

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