Big Night

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"Big Night"
AMC-Engine.jpg
Engine cover
Song by American Music Club from the album Engine
Released 1987
Format LP / CS / CD
Length 3:16
Label Grifter Records/Frontier Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Tom Mallon
Engine track listing
  1. "Big Night"
  2. "Outside This Bar"
  3. "At My Mercy"
  4. "Gary's Song"
  5. "Nightwatchman"
  6. "Clouds"
  7. "Electric Light"
  8. "Mom's TV"
  9. "Art Of Love"
  10. "Asleep"
  11. "This Year"

"Big Night" is the first song on American Music Club's second album, 1987’s Engine. AMC's first version was recorded in 1986 during the Engine sessions, coined by the band "45 Minutes Of Hell".[1]

An early version of the song, entitled "Shadow Of My Name", appeared on Mark Eitzel's 1982 debut solo album, Mean Mark Eitzel Gets Fat - even though he announces at the beginning of the song, "This song is called 'Big Night'!"

Cool For August covered "Big Night" for their 1997 release Grand World, featuring Mark Eitzel on additional vocals and Bruce Kaphan on pedal steel. Their version also appeared on their 1997 MilkinSorgin EP.

Lyrics

Big nights are black and blue
They get cold and they get wet
And they're calling out for you
Like no one you ever met

No one dreams in the hours around me
The more I lose the more you find me
I lose track with every kiss
We shouldn't be isolated like this

Yeah, you're my friend
And when we're lost I'll still hold your hand
Revealed in white when the shadows fail
In any shadow that you can name
I'll be the shadow of your name

Hold the prize close to your heart
Prizes made for those who failed
Hold the prize away from you
So maybe you can hold me as well

When time peels off your statued skin
I'll still be fooled by what remains
Yeah whatever's left of you will be my dream

Yeah, you're my friend
And when we're drunk
I'll still hold your hand
Revealed in white when the shadows fail
In any shadow that you can name
I'll be the shadow of your name
In any shadow that you name
I'll be the shadow of the name
I'll be the shadow of your name

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References

  1. Tom Mallon. "Tom Mallon Recording (1978-present)". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2017.