Bring on the Night (song)

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"Bring on the Night"
Single by The Police
from the album Reggatta de Blanc
B-side "Visions of the Night"
Released November 1979
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1979
Length 4:15
Label A&M - 2218-S
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Nigel Gray, Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers
The Police singles chronology
"Walking on the Moon"
"Bring on the Night"
"The Bed's Too Big Without You"
Alternate cover
German cover

"Bring on the Night" is a song by the British new wave band, The Police. Written by the band's bassist and vocalist, Sting, the song appeared as the fourth track on the band's second album, Reggatta de Blanc.


Some of the lyrics to "Bring on the Night" were recycled from the song song "Carrion Prince (O Ye of Little Hope)", which was written by Sting for the band Last Exit.[1][2] The title "Carrion Prince (O Ye of Little Hope)" was taken from Ted Hughes's poem "King of Carrion", and is about Pontius Pilate; however, after reading The Executioner's Song, Sting felt that that the words fitted Gary Gilmore's death wish, and says that since then, "I sing it with him in mind."[1]

Another lyric in "Bring on the Night," "when the evening spreads itself against the sky," is taken from T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," written in 1920. In Lyrics By Sting, Sting said of this, "What is it Eliot said? 'Bad poets borrow, good poets steal'?"[2]

The song was only released as an album track in Britain, but in America (as well as Germany and France), the song saw single release in November 1979. Backed with "Visions of the Night," the British B-side to "Walking on the Moon", in America (but with "Reggatta de Blanc" in Germany and "Roxanne" in France) the single managed to hit #6 in France.[3] In the U.S. and Germany, however, it did not chart. The song also saw release on the compilation album The Police, as well as in live form on the album Live!.

Critical reception[edit]

Greg Prato of AllMusic noted the song as being "much more sedate than [some songs on Outlandos d'Amour]."[4] AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in his review of The Police, noted the song as a "second-tier classic."[5]


Track listing[edit]

7" – A&M / AM 2218-S (US)
  1. "Bring on the Night" – 4:15
  2. "Visions of the Night" – 3:05
7" – A&M / AMS 7689 (Germany)
  1. "Bring on the Night" – 4:15
  2. "Reggatta de Blanc" – 3:05
7" – A&M / AMS 7687 (France)
  1. "Bring on the Night" – 4:15
  2. "Roxanne" – 3:10


Chart (October 1983) Peak
France 6[3]


  1. ^ a b Sutcliffe, Phil & Fielder, Hugh (1981). L'Historia Bandido. London and New York: Proteus Books. ISBN 0-906071-66-6. Page 36.
  2. ^ a b "Bring on the Night". 
  3. ^ a b "The World's Music Charts (Song artist 146 - The Police)". 
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "Reggatta de Blanc". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Police". AllMusic. 

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