Saturday Night
Cold Chisel Lyrics


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Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night

Saturday night's already old
Walking into Sunday, and I find
All desires are cold
I could walk forever, I don't mind
Show me a light, your company
Goes a little way to help me see
The path on which I'm bound
Rather than the things I leave behind

I've got the keys to the city
Baby
I can feel my luck
I got two days' money
If you light me up
This heart will shine on

"L'esclavage D'amour
It will be ours forevermore"
Words we both recall
Either from a lover, or the law
Saturday night, my steps have shown
I can walk away from all I've know
Goodnight, my friend, goodbye




Remember what they say,
When you're alone, laugh or die

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Cold Chisel’s song “Saturday Night” express the loneliness and desperation felt by an individual on a Saturday night. The repetition of the phrase “Saturday night” throughout the song emphasizes the long and monotonous nature of the weekend. The first stanza sets the scene, as the night quickly fades into the early hours of Sunday, hinting at a sense of disappointment as the singer realizes that their desires have not been fulfilled. However, despite this sadness, the singer is still willing to walk “forever” to find a source of light, either in the form of a companion or a deeper understanding of their destiny.


The second stanza of the song introduces the idea that the singer is wealthy, with “two day’s money”, yet despite this abundance of riches, they still feel empty. The French quote “L’esclavage D’amour” (meaning “enslaved to love”) adds a layer of complexity to the song, indicating a possible romantic connection that may have ended badly. However, regardless of the reason behind their heartache, the singer has come to the conclusion that they can walk away from their past and start anew. The final lines of the song, stating “remember what they say, when you’re alone, laugh or die”, is a powerful line that suggests that despite the struggle, you must find a way to laugh to avoid being consumed by the loneliness of life.


Overall, the song "Saturday Night" deals with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that can occur on a night that is popularly considered a social event. The song speaks to the human condition of feeling alone during significant moments and provides hope to the listener, a reminder to face their problems with humor and an open mind.


Line by Line Meaning

Saturday night
The repeated phrase emphasizes the night’s significance


Saturday night's already old
Sunday soon comes, signifying the end of the night


Walking into Sunday, and I find
Sunday is looming


All desires are cold
The fun and passion of the night have faded away


I could walk forever, I don't mind
The artist is trying to avoid the reality of the morning by walking aimlessly


Show me a light, your company
The singer is looking for a companion to ease their discomfort and loneliness


Goes a little way to help me see
The presence of another person provides some clarity for the singer


The path on which I'm bound
The artist is on a predetermined journey


Rather than the things I leave behind
The artist is keeping moving forward, instead of dwelling on the past


I've got the keys to the city
The artist has the means to do whatever they want


Baby
An affectionate term


I can feel my luck
The artist is optimistic and feels fortunate


I got two days' money
The singer has some disposable cash


If you light me up
If the singer receives some help or attention


This heart will shine on
The singer will be happy and lively if their needs are met


"L'esclavage D'amour
A phrase in French, meaning the slavery of love


It will be ours forevermore"
The artist and the listener or a previous partner shared this phrase indicating undying devotion


Words we both recall
The phrase is something they have shared and remembered


Either from a lover, or the law
The words can be seen as romantic or a legal agreement


Saturday night, my steps have shown
The artist has spent the entire night walking after the party has ended


I can walk away from all I've know
The artist is trying to leave behind their previous life


Goodnight, my friend, goodbye
A phrase to signify that another chapter has ended


Remember what they say,
A reminder to remember some advice


When you're alone, laugh or die
When faced with loneliness, the only options can seem like laughing or giving up




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: NIGEL BEAHAM-POWELL, KIT MORGAN, BELLA RUSSELL

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ELECTRONICMUSIC12

Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night

Saturday night’s already old
Walking into Sunday, and I find
All desires are cold
I could walk forever, I don’t mind
Show me a light, your company
Goes a little way to help me see
The path on which I’m bound
Rather than the things I leave behind

I’ve got the keys to the city
Baby
I can feel my luck
I got two days’ money
If you light me up
This heart will shine on

“L’esclavage D’amour
It will be ours forevermore”
Words we both recall
Either from a lover, or the law
Saturday night, my steps have shown
I can walk away from all I’ve know
Goodnight, my friend, goodbye
Remember what they say,
When you’re alone, laugh or die



All comments from YouTube:

@petermcleannyc

Bloody brilliant! As good in 2022 as it was originally. Great songwriting, vocals, and production. Cold Chisel - a brilliant band! 👏

@speedintraffic

This song is just so brilliant. Don Walker is a dead set genius. Listen to the boys, singing in vague harmony at the start. The pensive coldness of the morning in the verse. The drunken euphoria of the chorus. Walking past the Golden Sheaf tonight (Saturday), absolutely nothing has changed in nearly 30 years. The song is spot on. And the is art, no? To illuminate the human experience - our own experience - so that we may see it in all its beauty and heartache.

@aus80srockradio94

That's another reason - and there are plenty of them - why we love this band the way we do. The talent just oozes.

@TheHahashishi

8 years 1 reply. The world is crazy. This song is top shelf

@aus80srockradio94

@Lloyd C Looks like you and I are the only non-crazies left!!

@speedintraffic

@Aus80sRockRadio nice to meet you non-crazies!

@TheHahashishi

@Aus80sRockRadio haha good to know there's at least 2 other non-crazies in this crazy world 😆

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@blueshorecreative3146

As an Aussie of a certain age, this song gets me in the guts and brings tears to my eyes. Memories of nights out, getting drunk, getting rejected by girls, but hanging with your mates (who didn't get rejected by girls). It was a great circus.

@mrfish4238

take me back

@queenslander954

I hear ya mate , days of Oz glory , it was pretty amazing

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