Night in the City
Electric Light Orchestra Lyrics


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Standin' at the airport
Lookin' down the strip,
She was cryin' her eyes,
She was bitin' her lip.
747 just left from gate eleven
And there's no turnin' round
'cos it's just leavin' the ground
And gettin' higher.

Standin' at the dock-side

Lookin' out to sea
When I saw her there
But she did not see me.
There she stood with no hope
Because she'd missed the boat
And as her dreams sailed away
She headed back for the day,
Back to the city.

Night in the city, oh oh oh,
Madness at midnight,
Night in the city
Drivin' you insane.

I was runnin' kinda lonely
At the city place.
I waited for an hour,
Never saw her face.
Crazy ladies that wait
And slide around like a snake
I just can't take anymore,
I'm going in through the door
Into the city.

Night in the city, oh oh oh,
Madness at midnight,




Night in the city
Drivin' you insane.

Overall Meaning

The song "Night In The City" by Electric Light Orchestra is a narrative about someone who experiences a range of emotions from heartbreak to loneliness in different settings throughout the city. The lyrics of the first two stanzas describe the first person watching a love interest leave on a departing aircraft and then seeing her miss her boat which carries her dreams as she despairingly turns back towards the city. The chorus describes the feeling of madness that nighttime stirs up in the city.

The final stanza describes the singer's experience with being alone in the city at night. He waited for someone he never saw, while watching crazed women waiting for connections. He's had enough of it all and decides to go through the door and into the city. The lyrics of "Night In The City" could be interpreted to be a commentary on the loneliness that city living can bring; the paradoxical nature of cities where there are so many people but it's easy to find oneself feeling very isolated.


Interesting facts about "Night In The City":


Line by Line Meaning

Standin' at the airport
The singer is currently at the airport, observing their surroundings.


Lookin' down the strip,
The singer is looking down the runway.


She was cryin' her eyes,
An unspecified woman is crying extensively.


She was bitin' her lip.
Alongside crying, the woman is biting her lip in sadness.


747 just left from gate eleven
A 747 aircraft has just taken off from gate 11.


And there's no turnin' round
The plane is taking off and there's no hope of it turning back.


'cos it's just leavin' the ground
The plane is in the process of taking off.


And gettin' higher.
The plane is ascending into the sky.


Standin' at the dock-side
The artist is now at the dock, facing the ocean.


Lookin' out to sea
The artist is looking out towards the ocean from the dock.


When I saw her there
The singer saw a woman at the dock.


But she did not see me.
The woman did not notice the artist's presence.


There she stood with no hope
The woman appeared hopeless and dejected.


Because she'd missed the boat
The woman missed her opportunity to catch a boat or ship.


And as her dreams sailed away
As the boat sailed away without her, the woman's hopes and aspirations diminished.


She headed back for the day,
The woman had no choice but to return to her daily life.


Back to the city.
The woman had to go back to the urban city life.


Night in the city, oh oh oh,
The singer is describing a night scene in the city.


Madness at midnight,
The city is bustling and chaotic at midnight.


Night in the city
The artist reiterates that it's nighttime in the city.


Drivin' you insane.
The frenzied atmosphere of the city is overwhelming and making one feel crazy.


I was runnin' kinda lonely
The artist was feeling lonely as they were wandering around the city.


At the city place.
The singer is at a particular place in the city.


I waited for an hour,
The artist waited for an hour at this location.


Never saw her face.
The singer never saw the woman they were waiting for.


Crazy ladies that wait
There are women who are waiting around, appearing to be erratic or unpredictable.


And slide around like a snake
These women are behaving like snakes, perhaps implying they are deceitful or duplicitous in some way.


I just can't take anymore,
The artist is exasperated and can't tolerate the unpleasant environment any longer.


I'm going in through the door
The artist is going through a door to escape the chaos outside.


Into the city.
Despite the overwhelming atmosphere, the singer is still inside the city.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JEFF LYNNE

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yo

Hola. Me pregunto lo mismo de este tema y de otras grandes canciones de E.L.O. , tales como:


MIDNIGHT BLUE ( Tremenda canción, Solo single en Oceanía )
NEED HER LOVE
RAIN IS FALLING
FROM THE END OF THE WORLD
TRAIN OF GOLD
WITHOUT SOMEONE
STARLIGHT
THE FALL
THE LIGHTS GO DOWN
TICKET TO THE MOON
21 ST CENTURY MAN


y muchas otras.


Saludos.



Ciudad

Standin' at the airport lookin' down the strip,
she was dryin' her eyes, she was bitin' her lip.
Seven-four-seven just left from gate eleven
and there's no turnin' round 'cos it's just leavin' the ground
and gettin' higher HIGHER.

Standin' at the dock-side lookin' out to sea
when I saw her but she did not see me.
There she stood with no hope because she'd missed the boat
and as her dreams sailed away she headed back for the day,
back to the city CITY.

Night in the city, o-o-oh,
madness at mid-mid-mid-midnight,
night in the city drivin' you insane.

In the city CITY

Night in the city, o-o-oh,
madness at mid-mid-mid-midnight,
night in the city drivin' you insane.

I was runnin' kinda lonely at the city place.
I waited for an hour, I never saw her face.
Crazy ladies that wait and slide around like a snake.
I just can't take anymore, I'm going in through the door
into the city CITY.

I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
I'll get you, yes, I'm gonna get you,
drivin' you insane.

Night in the city, o-o-oh,
madness at mid-mid-mid-midnight,
night in the city drivin' you insane,
drivin' you insane,
drivin' you insane.



All comments from YouTube:

Corperate 3D Animated Guy

You know, this is probably one of the best songs. I’m 15 years old, and I know that this genre will continue into the future and not be lost to history.

JH14 Stuff

One of the most underrated ELO songs in my opinion. Awesome

H Mackie

To be fair,Jeff wrote so many great songs,is inevitable a few will be ignored.

catholicdad

People who say underrated are underrated.

SecondMarlowe

So perfect!

Classic Rock Fan

This song should have been a top 10 for sure. ELO best band in the world!

Stephen Gilbert

I'm going to go on a limb here and say this is one of their best tunes.

Bib the Boulder

No limb about it.

Nancy Powers

I could not possibly pin point it down to one favorite ELO song BUT........
this one ROCKS!!! FOR SURE

William Sturgis

I'm worried about that limb is going to break because I'm on it too

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