Sweet Is the Night
Electric Light Orchestra Lyrics


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When the day is done and there's nowhere to run
And the people of the city have all lost and won
In your city dress you stand and stare
And you smoke another cigarette and comb your hair

And the light that shines
Paints a trace of sadness
On the street I wait
But I can't seem to get to you.

Well, you start to sway, check your Cartier
'Cause it's getting late, you can't afford to wait
So you move along where it's going on
And the people of the night are playing 'til the dawn

And the sun that shines
Paints a trace of sadness
In your eyes that cry
Wishing and hoping
Oh

[Chorus]
Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near
Dark, dark were the days
They disappear
Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near.

Well you did your thing and you lost your wings
And you hurt so bad you lost everything
And the tears that fall on the city wall
Will fade away with the rays of morning light that shines
Paints a smile across your pretty face
I know

Everything is alright
Alright





[Chorus]

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Electric Light Orchestra's song Sweet Is The Night describe a person who is wandering around the city at night, feeling lost and alone. The person is dressed up and smoking a cigarette, trying to find some meaning or connection in the late hours. Despite the city's excitement, the person still feels sad and disconnected, unable to reach out to someone who may be able to help them feel better. As the night goes on, the person finds themselves among others who are also seeking solace in the dark hours. Eventually, the night fades away and with it, the pain and sadness that the person was feeling. The morning brings a smile to the person's face, assuring them that everything will be alright.


The lyrics of this song capture the feeling of loneliness and isolation that can sometimes come with living in a big city. The imagery of the city at night is particularly evocative, with its bright lights and dark corners. Despite the person's efforts to find connection with others, they are still unable to bridge the gap between themselves and those around them. The song speaks to the universal human experience of striving for connection and meaning in a world that can sometimes feel empty and meaningless.


Line by Line Meaning

When the day is done and there's nowhere to run
At the end of the day, when there are no more options left, and you can't escape your surroundings.


And the people of the city have all lost and won
Everyone in the city has experienced their own victories and defeats, and they are all wandering around, looking for something.


In your city dress you stand and stare
You dress up, stand in the middle of the city, and quietly observe your surroundings.


And you smoke another cigarette and comb your hair
You calm down by smoking a cigarette and fixing your hair.


And the light that shines
The light illuminating the city.


Paints a trace of sadness
The illumination, although bright and beautiful, also reveals sadness.


On the street I wait
I wait alone on the street, observing the city from a distance.


But I can't seem to get to you.
I can't seem to get closer to you, no matter how hard I try.


Well, you start to sway, check your Cartier
You start to move your body to the music, checking your expensive watch.


'Cause it's getting late, you can't afford to wait
You realize that it's getting late, and you need to move quickly.


So you move along where it's going on
You join the crowd where the party is happening.


And the people of the night are playing 'til the dawn
The party-goers are playing and having fun until morning.


And the sun that shines
The bright sun that rises in the morning.


Paints a trace of sadness
The sun reveals the sadness left behind from the night before.


In your eyes that cry
Your eyes shed tears.


Wishing and hoping
You wish and hope for a better outcome or life.


Sweet, sweet is the night
The night that once felt sad now feels sweet with your presence.


Now you are near
Now that you're here, everything feels better.


Dark, dark were the days
The days were once dark and sad.


They disappear
But they disappear thanks to your presence.


Well, you did your thing and you lost your wings
You did what you had to do, but you lost your freedom or spark in the process.


And you hurt so bad you lost everything
You hurt so much that you lost everything that once meant something to you.


And the tears that fall on the city wall
Your tears fall and mix in with the city.


Will fade away with the rays of morning light that shines
The tears and sadness will fade with the bright light of the morning.


Paints a smile across your pretty face
The sun shining on your face causes you to smile.


I know everything is alright
I know that everything will be okay now that you're here.




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

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Pandion Birb

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When the day is done and there's nowhere to run (nowhere to run)
And the people of the city have all lost and won
In your city dress you stand and stare (stand and stare)
And you smoke another cigarette and comb your hair
And the light (the light) that shines (that shines)
Paints a trace of sadness
On the street (the street) I wait (I wait)
But I can't seem to get to you.
Well, you start to sway, check your Cartier
'Cause it's getting late (it's getting late), you can't afford to wait
So you move along where it's going on (it's going on)
And the people of the night are playing 'til the dawn
And the sun (the sun) that shines (that shines)
Paints a trace of sadness
In your eyes (your eyes) that cry (that cry)
Wishing and hoping
Oh
Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near
Dark, dark were the days
They disappear
Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near.
Well you did your thing and you lost your wings (you did your thing)
And you hurt so bad you lost everything
And the tears that fall on the city wall (the city wall)
Will fade away with the rays of morning light (morning light) that shines (that shines)
Paints a smile across your pretty face (your face)
I know (I know)
Everything is alright
Alright

Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near
Dark, dark were the days
They disappear
Sweet, sweet is the night
Now you are near.



All comments from YouTube:

Brenda O. Bazaldua

One of my favorites -love Kelly’s vocals love Kelly overall

Mr. Blue735

@R Cherry truth

R Cherry

Kelly was the best the heart and soul of the band in my opinion whe not he was fired from the band it was never the same

Brian Clark

This was the first album I ever bought with my own money. It was awesome - the record cover folded open double wide with an illustration of the inside of the spacecraft. It contained a paper model of the spacecraft that you punched out and assembled that stood on a radio antenna. There was a fold out color poster of the band included. Never since have I bought an album that was so incredible to open. This was my favorite song. Still reminds me of listening in the dark in my childhood bedroom with the sound of my mom and sister out in the hall...

Kedric Williams

That sounds like such a powerfull memory.

Skiiipp

It's probably their best album

some nothing

thats awesome

dtforever1973

I have the stuff still in my copy

Wacky Weasel

What a lovely song. I fall in love with almost every ELO song I hear!

Daniel Beck

@D Kompres nah man, i like ur selection haha i think waterfalls the best on that album

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