Night Time

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Wait until the light goes out
I don't want to be seen about
Maybe we could find a place to go
Find a crowded place where they don't care about your face
Or if your name is even Santa Claus or Joe
I'll be right at home if they leave me alone
That's why I only operate at night time

Wait until the clock strikes ten
It'll all start happening then
Baby, just you wait and see
We can have a little party, laugh and sing and everything
I know you'll like it, just you wait and see
Maybe first we'll dig a movie
Then we'll hit the high spots feeling groovy
That's why I only operate at night time

The right time is the night time
I wait 'til it's late and I can concentrate
Making love by the light of the moon

So when it's way past nine, get ready for a swinging time
'Cause I don't know where to draw the line
We can have a little party, laugh and sing and everything
I know you'll like it just you wait and see
Maybe first we'll dig a movie
Then we'll hit the high spots feeling groovy
That's why I only operate at night time

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Night Time
Written byPaddy Chambers
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 1982, Matrix Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 1, 1983
AlbumsImperial Bedroom (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1994
Imperial Bedroom (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
SinglesEveryday I Write The Book, 1983
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length2:53

Only known performance:
April 29, 2012, Durham, NC
     (1 known performance)


Single: Everyday I Write The BookEveryday I Write The Book UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Single: Everyday I Write The BookEveryday I Write The Book US 12" single front sleeve.jpg

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Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

  • The Escorts, 1966
  • The Cats, 1967
This list may be incomplete.

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