Across The Night

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Songfacts®:

  • The lyrics are based on the dreams of lead singer Daniel Johns. Curiously, he had the dream where he "hugged a man's arthritic shoulder" before he contracted arthritis.
  • This song, like the video, is divided into two acts: Night and Day. The Night section details Johns' dreams, and the Day section seems to talk about a relationship.
  • This was always envisaged as the opening to Diorama, as its theatrical theme set the tone of the album and the tour that accompanied it (which was also split into two acts: one a theatrical set where Silverchair played their more orchestral songs, and the second a straight up rock set). Says Johns: "It takes you into a different world and prepares you for what's to come." >>
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    Rudi - Melbourne, Australia, for above 3

Comments: 3

  • Chris from Under Da Bridge, Australia2 cool 4 u dude!!!!!!!!!
  • Siffeler from Perth, Australiau got it all wrong i have the special bonous interview single and he says it is about how he cant sleep at night and he feels like the moon is taking away his slumber. a very nice song
  • Suzi from Charleston , Scbeautiful song...love the changes of tempo and hwo the song is divided into different parts. truly one of my favorites of theirs.
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