In the Evening
Karen Dalton Lyrics


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In the evening
In the evening, darling
When the sun goes down

In the evening
When the sun goes down
It's so lonesome and lonesome
When the one you love is not around

Last night I was laying sleeping, darling
All by myself
Last night I was laying sleeping, darling
All by myself
And the one I really really love
He was laying somewhere else

The sun rises in the East
It sets down over in the West
Sun rises in the East, darling
It sets down over in the West
It's so hard, so hard to tell
Who's gonna love you the best

Goodbye, oh my old sweethearts and pals
I'm goin' away
I may come back to see you darling
Some old rainy rainy day
Oh in the evening, in the evening darling




Maybe when the sun goes down
When the sun goes down

Overall Meaning

Karen Dalton's "In the Evening" is a song about loneliness and the pain of being separated from someone you love. The opening lines "In the evening, darling / When the sun goes down" set the mood for the rest of the song. Dalton sings about how difficult it is to be alone when you love someone who is not around. She describes a time when she was "laying sleeping, darling / All by myself" and realized that the person she loved was somewhere else. The repetition of the phrase "all by myself" emphasizes her isolation.


The third verse of the song features a contrast between the rising and setting of the sun. Dalton sings that it's hard to tell "who's gonna love you the best" when the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. This verse speaks to the uncertainty of relationships and the fear of not knowing if someone else will love you as deeply as you love them.


The final lines of the song are a farewell to old friends and lovers. Dalton says she's "goin' away" but may return someday. The repetition of "oh in the evening, in the evening darling / Maybe when the sun goes down / When the sun goes down" brings the song full circle, emphasizing the sense of longing and sadness.


Overall, "In the Evening" is a hauntingly beautiful song that captures the feeling of being alone and missing someone you love.


Line by Line Meaning

In the evening
During the night time


In the evening, darling
When in a romantic relationship


When the sun goes down
At sunset


It's so lonesome and lonesome
Being alone is very painful


When the one you love is not around
Missing the presence of a loved one


Last night I was laying sleeping, darling
Sleeping alone at night


All by myself
Without company


And the one I really really love
The person one truly loves


He was laying somewhere else
The loved one was not near


The sun rises in the East
The sun's location at dawn


It sets down over in the West
The sun's location at sunset


It's so hard, so hard to tell
Difficult to predict


Who's gonna love you the best
Who will truly love and cherish you


Goodbye, oh my old sweethearts and pals
Saying farewell to past relationships and friendships


I'm goin' away
Leaving the current location


I may come back to see you darling
A possible future visit


Some old rainy rainy day
A day that is not determined


Oh in the evening, in the evening darling
The night time spent with a loved one


Maybe when the sun goes down
Possibly at sunset


When the sun goes down
At sunset




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