Lonely in Your Nightmare
Duran Duran Lyrics


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Even on the darkest night when empty promise means empty hand
And soldiers coming home like shadows turning red
When the lights of hope are fading quickly then look to me
I'll be your homing angel, I'll be in your head

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
And there's heat beneath your winter let me in
I see the delta traces living lonely out on the limb
And a passing glimmer warm beneath your skin
Please tread gently on the ground when all around you earth
Turns to fire
Only get a second chance when danger's on the wind

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in

Must be lucky weather when you find the kind of wind that you need
C'mon show me all the light and shade that made your name
I know you've got it in your head, I've seen that look before
You've built your refuge turns you captive all the same

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
And it's barren in your garden let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in

Because you're so lonely in your nightmare let me in
And it's cold out on your stone range let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in




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Do, do-do, do do do do

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics to Duran Duran's song Lonely In Your Nightmare, the singer is offering solace to a person who is going through a difficult time. The opening line suggests that even when things are at their worst and promises have been broken, the singer is still available to provide comfort to the listener. The second verse speaks to the feeling of being isolated and alone, with the mention of soldiers coming home like shadows turning red suggesting perhaps a war zone, and the lights of hope fading quickly. The singer positions themselves as a "homing angel," ready to guide the listener through their troubles. The chorus is a plea to be let in, to be allowed to support the person in their time of need.


The bridge speaks to the fragility of life and the need to be cautious in dangerous times. The final verse seems to be an invitation for the listener to share their story, to reveal the "light and shade that made your name." The reference to a refuge turning one captive suggests that while the person may have built a safe space for themselves, it is ultimately a trap that is stifling their growth and progress.


Overall, the lyrics of Lonely In Your Nightmare speak to the human desire for connection and comfort in times of difficulty. The singer offers a listening ear and a supportive presence to someone who is feeling lonely and isolated.


Line by Line Meaning

Even on the darkest night when empty promise means empty hand
Even when things seem bleak and promises are not kept


And soldiers coming home like shadows turning red
Returning soldiers who are wounded and traumatized


When the lights of hope are fading quickly then look to me
When hope seems to be vanishing, turn to me


I'll be your homing angel, I'll be in your head
I'll guide you like an angel, and be with you in your thoughts


Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
You're going through a tough time, and I want to help


And there's heat beneath your winter let me in
Even though you're cold, there's warmth inside of you that I want to share


I see the delta traces living lonely out on the limb
You're living alone, taking risks and feeling vulnerable


And a passing glimmer warm beneath your skin
But there's a moment of hope that you feel within


Please tread gently on the ground when all around you earth
Be kind and careful when things around you are difficult


Turns to fire
And everything is falling apart


Only get a second chance when danger's on the wind
Opportunities to make things right are rare, often only come with a sense of urgency


Must be lucky weather when you find the kind of wind that you need
It's rare and special when you find the right kind of help in difficult times


C'mon show me all the light and shade that made your name
I want to know all about you, the good and the bad, that reinforces who you are


I know you've got it in your head, I've seen that look before
I can tell you're capable and strong, and you have the determination you need


You've built your refuge turns you captive all the same
Your methods of coping with loneliness may actually be trapping you


And it's barren in your garden let me in
You feel empty and alone, but I want to be a part of your life


And it's cold out on your stone range let me in
You feel isolated and vulnerable, and I want to be there for you




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ANDY TAYLOR, JOHN TAYLOR, NICK RHODES, ROGER TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON

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LYRICS

Even on the darkest night when empty promise means empty hand
And soldiers coming home like shadows turning red
When the lights of hope are fading quickly then look to me
I'll be your homing angel, I'll be in your head

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
And there's heat beneath your winter let me in

I see the delta traces living lonely out on the limb
And a passing glimmer warm beneath your skin
Please tread gently on the ground when all around you earth
Turns to fire
Only get a second chance when danger's on the wind

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in

Must be lucky weather when you find the kind of wind that you need
C'mon show me all the light and shade that made your name
I know you've got it in your head, I've seen that look before
You've built your refuge turns you captive all the same

Because you're lonely in your nightmare let me in
And it's barren in your garden let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in

Because you're so lonely in your nightmare let me in
And it's cold out on your stone range let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter let me in

Do, do-do, do do do do
Do, do-do, do do do do



All comments from YouTube:

Allison Townes

From 1980 to 1983, from age 14 to 16, I absolutely hated school. I was painfully shy and had panic attacks every morning. All I had to look forward to was spending every weekend listening to and singing along to this album and especially the Rio album. Duran Duran helped me get through those hard years and I still listen to these excellent songs in 2017. Thanks you wonderful guys.

Sumptuous Ace

I felt the same way, this band really was therapy, bless em for what they did for me...

mrmedallis

Allison Townes Yes! I’m 50 and I still sing lonely in your nightmare all the time.

Neil Willis

i am 51 ... I love Duran Duran .... they saved me also

Matthew Dufur

21 fresh home from Germany. Still most creative other than Zeppelin in my lifetime. New Religion #1 from my Christian School upbringing.

bianchi1885

I'm 51 and heard this album practically every night 83-84.

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My favorite Duran Duran song. John Taylor’s bass playing is stellar.

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Yup. His bass made their music epic!

Nigel St Hubbins

Just an incredible album. Damn I miss being a teenager in the 80’s.

Big Tech Is Big Brother

A good album to crank up to 11.

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