All Through the Night
Cyndi Lauper Lyrics


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All through the night
I'll be awake and I'll be with you
All through the night
This precious time when time is new
Oh, all through the night today
Knowing that we feel the same without saying

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

All through the night
Stray cat is crying so stray cat sings back
All through the night
They have forgotten what binding they lack
Oh under those white street lamps
There is a little chance they may see

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

Oh the sleep in your eyes is enough
Let me be there, let me stay there awhile

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks




And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Cyndi Lauper's "All Through the Night" convey the essence of a passionate commitment to being with someone through thick and thin. The song is rich in metaphors that symbolize resilience, connection, and affinity. The lyrics start off with the singer affirming the decision to stay awake through the night to be with her love. She describes the time as "precious" because it's a new beginning, free of any baggage from the past. The lyrics then proceed to emphasize the importance of staying together and moving forward, as reflected in the lines: "We have no past, we won't reach back. Keep with me forward all through the night." The meter of the song clicks as the night progresses, signifying the continuity of the commitment. The singer acknowledges that there might not be an end to their journey.


The second verse of the song shifts its focus from the couple to a stray cat that's crying in the night. The singer notes that the cat lacks a familiart home but sings anyways. The cat's song can be seen as emblematic of the singers' journey, as they forge ahead without any guarantees, but with a sense of determination. As the song approaches its end, the singer points out how even the sleep in her lover's eyes is enough for her to remain by their side. The chorus repeats itself twice, driving home the message that the commitment is unwavering and that the meter of the night runs indefinitely.


Line by Line Meaning

All through the night
I will be awake and sticking with you throughout the night.


I'll be awake and I'll be with you
I will stay awake with you by your side.


This precious time when time is new
This moment is priceless as this is a new experience for us.


Oh, all through the night today
Oh, we will be together all night long today.


Knowing that we feel the same without saying
Although we may not express it in words, we are aware of our mutual feelings.


We have no past, we won't reach back
We don't have any history or regrets to hold us back.


Keep with me forward all through the night
Stay with me and move forward together throughout the night.


And once we start the meter clicks
Once we begin, time starts ticking away.


And it goes running all through the night
Our experience will continue throughout the night without interruption.


Until it ends, there is no end
As long as it lasts, there is no definitive ending.


Stray cat is crying so stray cat sings back
A stray cat cries and another one responds with its own song.


They have forgotten what binding they lack
The cats are unaware of their lack of connection.


Oh under those white street lamps
Under the illumination of the white street lamps.


There is a little chance they may see
There is a small possibility that they may notice one another.


Oh the sleep in your eyes is enough
Your tired eyes are all I need to see to know you're content.


Let me be there, let me stay there awhile
Allow me to remain there by your side for a little longer.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jules Shear

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@fluorosco

I love Cyndi Lauper a hundred times more than Madonna.

She's so adorable.

But she's not better, judt different.

How many awesome songs has Madonna had from the 80's up to now ?

But Cyndi Lauper is My favourite

Her songs make us more emotional ❤



@e-lee8702

All through the night
I'll be awake
And I'll be with you
All through the night
This precious time
When time is new

Oh, all through the night today
Knowing that we feel the same without saying

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

All through the night
Stray cat is crying
So stray cat sings back
All through the night
They have forgotten
What by day they lack

Oh, under those white street lamps
There is a little chance they may see

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end

Oh, the sleep in your eyes is enough
Let me be there, let me stay there a while

We have no past, we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end



@QuickEyeCaptures

This is from Yahoo answers, and it makes sense to me: "We have no past, we won't reach back. Keep with me forward all through the night. And once we start, the meter clicks, and it goes running all through the night." 

I think you're asking if "keep with me forward" or "the meter clicks" were some kind of '80s slang that were popularly understood at the time and had some special meaning. The answer is no. I was a junior in high school when that song came out, and I never heard these words anywhere but this song. 

I think the lyrics are simply poetic - expressing a kind of urgency and free spiritedness of someone young who wants to "live in the moment" and forget about the past if only for just one night. In these lyrics, she's coaxing or urging someone (the listener) to go with her. "Keep with me forward" is a plea for you (of whoever she's singing to) to embrace the optimism with her, to join her on this night of escapism, fun, love, whatever. 

"And once we start, the meter clicks" I think is a reference to taxicab meters and the way they click off the minutes (or parts of minutes) that you, the rider, will have to pay for. In this way, Lauper really emphasizes the urgency of making the most of every moment. The more clicks, the more expensive the trip. And because "it goes running all through the night," it's as if she's being chased by the constant reminder that time is precious and must be spent well.

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@cyndilauper

Happy Anniversary to "All Through The Night." xox

@jeffdube6016

One of my favorite songs.

@imb5128

🥺

@Peypey46

Those were the days Cindi.... If only we could have stayed in that time. :)

@MrSfaundez

Thanks Cyndi, this beautiful song takes me back to 1984 when I was 7 years old and played with my friends from the neighborhood while your voice sounded on my neighbors' radios. I would like to feel that magic of those years again at least for a second.

@andreluizzamperlin1581

Cyndi lauper eu amo você e essa Música!!???

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@chazzs4365

She was so much better than Madonna but she never got the recognition. She is such a better singer and artist

@johnhuber354

Agreed.
🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

@PauloHenrique-en5ll

Também acho ela muito superior à Madona.🇧🇷

@brianduckett2920

Madonna had her place, though.

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