"Across The Night" as written by and Daniel Johns....
Across the night
It was the moon that stole my slumber
Across the night
I fell in love with people sleeping
And hugged a man's arthritic shoulder

I fell tired, asleep in a golden ocean
Your eyes perspired, a spike in my fascination

I don't mean to make you cry
But this feeling will run right through the night
And I'll only make you cry with these feelings

Sleepless, untamed without a leash on the light around me

So let us be married and have another baby
'cause I don't want to be lonely I just want to be alone
Yeah let's just get married shouting baby, baby, babies
"You'll never sleep at all"
But I don't want to be lonely

Never seen the sunshine
From higher ponts than sunrise
I don't want to be lonely
I just want to be alone

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"Across the Night" as written by Daniel Johns

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    General CommentOk hope this isn't too off. I think daniel is sort of summing up what kind of state he had been in. For how he's been sleeping or perhaps not really living life they way he should've and something/someone awoke him or inspired him to live again. The things that once kept him from living are still in the back of his mind and need to be told. His thoughts are too painful for neone else to see...see through his eyes. Now that he's discovered this inspiration...it has taken him further than before.

    The one thing about daniel is that he tells the story of his life through his lyrics and in his new cd he's attempting to make others see life through his eyes. Sharing what he has learned through the years as he's found truth in things. ok i'm new at this so hopefully it's on the right track here.
    drgnfxon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA week or so ago I went to their Newcastle (Australia) show. When Daniel first said anything it was just before Across the Night. He said that this song has taken on a different meaning since they came on tour, and that one night he was dreaming that he met a dying man with cancer who said that the only way to cure him was through music. I wish I had the same and meaningful dreams as my idol!
    one_way_muleon May 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentnot to be a dickhead here but.....is it just me, or does this song sound like it came from a disney movie???
    TornadoNHSon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, sums up what Diorama is all about. It's epic and completely over-the-top - ON PURPOSE. I have listened to this album for two years now, and after so long you start to realise how Daniel manages to let the music tell the story of the song as much as his lyrics do.
    The first part of the song is a dream in a deep, deep sleep - at first he can't fall asleep ("it was the moon that stole my slumber", "i fell in love with [other] people sleeping") - but then finally he falls asleep as the first lines of the song show... I'm always amazed at the chorus... How can you sing so high, so loud? These melodies could only exist in a dream - they're too crazy otherwise!

    The second part of the song is him waking up... (listen to the music after the second "man's arthritic shoulder"... it sounds like a sunrise) and in his disdain with reality compared with the dream, he takes solace in this person sleeping next to him..

    But of course that's just my crappy interpretation. Daniel John's is too much of a genius for anyone to be able to REALLY know what he was thinking. God I love this man.
    sandmanon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautifully written.
    i still love you dear husband, daniel.
    cheer_up_emo_kidxon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHas anyone else noticed that there's been some strange ironies in the new lyrics? For example, in this song, there's the lyric, "hugged a man's arthritic shoulder"... and then a few months after it was recorded, guess who develops arthritis? THEN, there's the Hollywood issue. Hollywood was on the Without You single, but it was one of the first songs written for Diorama (and was originally played at Rock in Rio in January 2001). In this song, there's a line that reads, "I'm the first male lesbian"... and a while after it was written, Daniel and girlfriend Natalie were accused of being lesbians in an Australian newspaper ('Natalie's Lesbian Lover' was the headline, I believe.) Kinda weird, eh?
    silverjennaon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah... but im pretty sure that it was written when he had a mild case of arthritis.
    cheer_up_emo_kidxon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautifly written.. i love silverchair and i am their number one fan.. daneil is fucking talented as hell for writing how he does..and ben and chris are the greatest as well.. i love these guys
    UnknownUseron August 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, in me that song also awakes a feeling like watching your boyfriend/girlfriend sleep.
    It's the atmoshpere, and if you see it from that point, the lyrics fit.
    Chalaon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthaha. ok. funny i never heard all these lesbian stuff before. maybe because i never get any news where i'm at. oh well... ok. this song, i don't . i thought all his other songs were rather dark and moody. he really takes a much more positive side to things in this one, like Luv Your Life, except this song might be much more personal to him.
    rummerson September 05, 2002   Link

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