The Night Shift

November 19, 2017










I remember when I first surrendered 
I was holding up my arms 
And the night it had fallen about us 
Every solider to a shelter, 
Every man into his mask, 
I held mine up high in the darkness. 
Could I shed my second skin 
And throw my costume to the wind 
To sing out once again in the morning? 
But when we’re standing in the doorway 
There’s a shadow on the floor 
That grows a silver smile before us 

Cause I’ve been working on the night shift 
The sun went down for days 
And it won’t come up again 
And I’ll be singing on that night shift 
For you to hear my cries 
As the night passes by 

Another day, another dawn, 
another evening coming on 
I reached up in the night 
For your answer, 
But too quick the tale of time 
How my face had lost its shine, 
I looked into the mirror 
And I couldn’t find it; 
I am thirsty, give me water 
Let me drink until I’m full 
When the night it would break 
And divide us 
But there’s a fountain in the valley 
There’s a light beyond the hill 
That runs its solar course 
To remind us 

That we’re just working on the night shift 
The sun went down for days 
And I hope to see your face once again 
And I’ll be singing on the night shift 
With you by my side 
A light yet abides

Performed by John Corrigan and Sarah Corrigan 
Composed and Produced by John Corrigan


From Vein of Fire, track released November 19, 2017 
Photo courtesy of Picturepest ( under creative commons license:

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