andrew lloyd webber music of the night lyrics


“The Music of the Night” is an air from the popular musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. The character of the Phantom sings the song as he attempts to seduce Christine, the object of his obsession, and convince her to stay with him in his lair beneath the Paris Opera House.
The song is a powerful, haunting ballad filled with rich imagery and poetic language. The lyrics convey the Phantom’s desire to share his world with Christine, to take her away from the harsh reality of the outside world and into his realm of darkness and passion. The song begins with the Phantom’s seductive whisper:
Night time sharpens and heightens each sensation. Darkness stirs and wakes the imagination. Silently the senses abandon their defences.

These opening lines immediately set the mood for the song, evoking a sense of darkness, mystery, and sensuality. The Phantom’s voice is soft and low, drawing Christine closer to him as he continues:
Slowly, gently, night unrolls its splendour. Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender. Turn your face away from the loud light of day. Turn your notion away from cold, unfeeling light And listen to the night’s music.
Here, the Phantom urges Christine to abandon the world above and immerse herself in the world he has created for her. He asks her to close her eyes, shut out the bright lights of the outside world, and listen to the night’s music. The music is a metaphor for the passion and intensity of the Phantom’s love for Christine.
Close your eyes and let your spirit begin to soar, And you’ll live as you’ve in no way lived before
The Phantom promises Christine that if she gives herself to him, she will experience a life unlike anything she has ever known. He promises to show her the true meaning of love, to take her to places she has never been, and to make her feel alive in ways she has never felt before.
Softly, deftly, music shall surround you. Feel it, hear it, shut in around you. Open your mind, let your fantasies unwind In this gloom that you know you cannot fight The evening of the night’s music.

Here, the Phantom encourages Christine to give in to her fantasies and desires, to open her mind to the possibilities that he presents. He reminds her that the darkness she fears is also the darkness that holds the night’s music and that in this darkness, she will find the passion and love that she craves.
Let your mind begin a journey through a curious new world. Leave all beliefs of the life you knew before. Let your emotion take you where you long to be. Only then can you belong to me
The Phantom entices Christine with the promise of a journey into a strange and unknown world. He asks her to forget the life she knew before and to let her soul guide her to where she truly longs to be. Only then, he tells her, can she truly belong to him.
Floating, drop, sweet intoxication Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation Let the dream start, let your inky side give in To the capacity of the music that I write The ability of the night’s theme.
In the song’s final verse, the Phantom urges Christine to surrender to the music’s power and give herself entirely to him. He promises her a sweet intoxication, a sense of falling and floating in a world of passion and desire. He asks her to trust him, to savour each sensation, and to let the dream begin. And as the song comes to a

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