Nocturnal

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Nocturnal is an alternative rock song by Eve 6 released on 2000-07-25 as track 8 on the album Horrorscope. The song is based on the song Nocturnal Emission which appeared on the band's demo album, Eleventeen. Some of the music and lyrics are borrowed from that song, but the main theme is different.

The lyrics were written by Max Collins, and the music was composed by Collins, Jon Siebels, and Tony Fagenson. On the album recording, Collins sings vocals and plays bass, Siebels plays electric guitar, and Fagenson plays drums.

It sounds like this song is about a boyfriend and girlfriend told through the perspective of the boyfriend. The first verse explains how the two are having a fight because of something the boyfriend did. They refuse to breakup over it, and instead go to sleep and remain in bed through to the afternoon. The chorus suggests that they have makeup sex, but the second verse implies that it didn't work and the boyfriend is now alone.

Personal

After becoming a fan of Eve 6, I always enjoyed the sound of this song. I never thought it was anything special, just good early 2000s alt rock. When I found out about an earlier version of the song on Eleventeen I was intrigued, but thought the demo song wasn't nearly as good. It wasn't until I made this page that I really read through the lyrics and tried to understand the song, and that gave me a new appreciate for it. The only thing I don't like about it is the repetition near the end.

Lyrics

Well she's lying in our bed,
Sweating, staring at the ceiling.
I know her worried head is aching,
I know the cause is me.
I could leave the bathroom light on,
For better dreams tonight.
My stability, my luxury, my life,
And I won't go,
Neither will you.
Turn off the phone,
Let's sleep 'til two.

Your sad eyes take and own me.
Words are unnecessary.
Grip the back of your neck and slowly,
Move 'til it all becomes all right.
All becomes all right.

Well, I wake up in a cold sweat,
Got a bone to pick with reality.
Take a deep breath and lay back down,
Wearing my badge of infamy.
Change the bulb in the nightlight,
Cause it flickered, flickered and died.
Repeat the words "you're not alone" to self,
Three times and hit the light.
My aim is true.
Turn off the phone,
Let's sleep 'til two.

Your sad eyes take and own me.
Words are unnecessary.
Grip the back of your neck and slowly,
Move 'til it all becomes all right.
All becomes alright.

Huh, huh, whah yah yow!

Let the fighting words lie,
Let the candlelight die.
Let the sun come up,
Let the saline dry.
Let the fighting words lie,
Let the candlelight die.
Let the sun come up,
Let the saline dry.
Let the fighting words lie,
Let the candlelight die.
Let the sun come up,
Let the saline dry.
Let the fighting words lie,
Let the candlelight die.
Let the sun come up...

Your sad eyes take and own me.
Words are unnecessary.
Grip the back of your neck and slowly,
Move 'til it all becomes all right.
All right, yeah!

Let the fighting words lie,
Let the candlelight die.
Let the sun come up,
Let the saline dry.

Videos

Album version.
Nocturnal Emission from Eleveneen.

Links

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