Heat of the Night
Bryan Adams Lyrics


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I was caught in the crossfire of a silent scream
Where one man's nightmare is another man's dream
Pull the covers up high and pray for the mornin' light
'Cause you're livin' alone in the heat of the night

Met a man with a message from the other side
Couldn't take the pressure - had to leave it behind
He said it's up to you
You can run or you can fight (ya that's right)
Better leave it alone in the heat of the night

In the heat of the night they'll be comin' around
They'll be lookin' for answers they'll be chasin' you down
In the heat of the night
(Where you gonna hide when it all comes down)
(Don't look back don't ever turn around)

Had to pay the piper to call the tune
Said he'd be back someday said he'd be back real soon




Pull the shades down low you'll know when the time is right
When you're lyin' alone in the heat of the night

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Bryan Adams's song Heat of the Night convey a feeling of being trapped and alone, in a world where danger is always lurking just around the corner. The opening line "I was caught in the crossfire of a silent scream" sets the tone for a story of conflict and confusion, where the singer is struggling to make sense of the chaos around him. The line "Where one man's nightmare is another man's dream" suggests a world where everyone has their own agenda, and what is good for one person may be harmful to another.


The chorus "In the heat of the night they'll be comin' around, they'll be lookin' for answers they'll be chasin' you down" conveys a sense of impending danger, and the feeling that the world is closing in on the singer. The lyrics also suggest that there is no easy way out of the situation, and that the only solution is to face the danger head-on. The line "Better leave it alone in the heat of the night" is a reminder that sometimes the best course of action is to avoid confrontation and wait for a better opportunity to present itself.


Overall, the lyrics of Heat of the Night are a powerful exploration of human fear and desperation, and the struggle to survive in a world that can be both beautiful and terrifying.


Line by Line Meaning

I was caught in the crossfire of a silent scream
I found myself in the middle of a situation where neither side was speaking aloud, and tensions were high.


Where one man's nightmare is another man's dream
What feels like a nightmare to one person may be another's wish come true.


Pull the covers up high and pray for the mornin' light
Find comfort and solace in hiding beneath your bedcovers and waiting for morning to come.


'Cause you're livin' alone in the heat of the night
Being alone in the middle of a difficult experience can feel overwhelming and scary.


Met a man with a message from the other side
Encountered someone who claimed to have knowledge or information from a different, potentially supernatural place or realm.


Couldn't take the pressure - had to leave it behind
The singer was unable to handle the stress of the situation and had to walk away from it.


He said it's up to you
The man with the message suggested that it was the singer's decision how to proceed.


You can run or you can fight (ya that's right)
The artist has a choice to either flee from the conflict or confront it head-on.


Better leave it alone in the heat of the night
It may be better to avoid dealing with the situation at hand during the height of the conflict.


In the heat of the night they'll be comin' around
During the most intense part of the conflict, other people will be drawn in and become involved.


They'll be lookin' for answers they'll be chasin' you down
Those other people will be searching for explanations and may pursue the singer to find them.


In the heat of the night
The phrase is repeated as a reminder of the intense and challenging nature of the moment.


(Where you gonna hide when it all comes down)
The repetition of the chorus is modified to become a question about the potential fallout and where one will find refuge.


(Don't look back don't ever turn around)
Another modification of the chorus urges the listener to keep moving forward and never lose focus on the next step.


Had to pay the piper to call the tune
The singer had to give something up or make a sacrifice in order to gain control of the situation.


Said he'd be back someday said he'd be back real soon
Someone involved in the situation has promised to return and may bring more trouble or conflict with them.


Pull the shades down low you'll know when the time is right
Find a place of safety and wait until the perfect moment arises before taking action.


When you're lyin' alone in the heat of the night
A reminder of the loneliness and difficulty that comes with navigating a challenging situation on one's own.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bryan Adams

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Oscar David

I was caught in the crossfire of a silent scream
Where one man's nightmare is another man's dream
Pull the covers up high and pray for the mornin' light
Better leave it alone in the heat of the night
Met a man with a message from the other side
Couldn't take the pressure - had to leave it behind
He said it's up to you
You can run or you can fight - (ya that's right)
Better leave it alone in the heat of the night

In the heat of the night they'll be comin' around
They'll be lookin' for answers they'll be chasin' you down
In the heat of the night
(Where you gonna hide it all comes down)
(Don't look back don't ever turn around)

Had to pay the piper to call the tune
Said he'd he be back someday - said he'd be back real soon
Pull the shades down low - you'll know when the time is right
When you're lyin' alone in the heat of the night



All comments from YouTube:

Ivan L

This song never gets old.. Only gets better with age! 😀

Gary Carr

Oct 30, 2008

Gary Carr

Bryan Adams - Heat Of The Night 1987

Gary Carr

1987

intipampa

I was 14 when this came out and looking back at this and thinking about what the music industry tries to pass off as music these days makes me glad I grew up in a time when real talent actually accounted for something in music. Can't beat great classic rock like this. Thanks for posting this.

James Cox

We’re the same age, as I was also 14 years old when Into The Fire was released. I’m in total agreement with everything in your comment ... “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore”, that’s for sure.

Lab girl

Im 26 and my parents used to blast Bryan Adams on max when we were kids. Good times 😉

Johnnie Davis

Oh, Yeah!

Johnnie Davis

@stank to each its own😎

salatiel sobral

Você não viu nada . Acha que já ouviu merda demais nos dias de hoje na música??
É porque você não mora no Brasil . A música da atualidade aqui é um verdadeiro esgoto

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