All Through the Night

Cole Porter

About All Through the Night

"All Through the Night" is a 1934 popular song written by Cole Porter for his 1934 musical Anything Goes. The melody's distinguishing characteristic is a descending chromatic scale, starting on the third, interrupted by an octave leap after four bars. It was introduced by William Gaxton and Betina Hume. Hit versions in 1935 were recorded by Paul Whiteman (vocal by Bob Lawrence) and by Harry Rosenthal (vocal by Helen Ward).


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The day is my enemy, the night my friend,
For I'm always so alone till the day draws to an end;
But when the sun goes down and the moon comes through,
To the monotone of the evening's drone I'm all alone with you.

All through the night,
I delight in your love,
All through the night you're so close to me!
All through the night,
From a height far above,
You and your love brings me ecstasy!

When dawn comes to waken me,
You're never there at all!
I know you've forsaken me
Till the shadows fall;
But then once again I can dream, I've the right
To be close to you all through the night.

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Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike most successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote both the lyrics and the music for his songs. more »

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Written by: COLE PORTER

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10 facts about this song

Song Production
"All Through the Night" is a song written by popular American composer Cole Porter for his 1934 musical "Anything Goes".
Musical Influence
Cole Porter was known for his unique style of incorporating witty and often risqué lyrics into his songs. This is evident in the song "All Through the Night".
Featured in a Musical
The song was featured in the original stage production of "Anything Goes", helping to establish it as one of Porter's most successful musicals.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists have since covered the song, adding to its long-lasting popularity. Famous renditions have been performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, among others.
Song Style
The lyrics of "All Through the Night" reflect Porter's trademark sophistication and wit, with a smooth melody that complements the sentimental words.
Dual Interpretation
There's a duality to the song - it can be interpreted as both a plea for comfort and an expression of love that lasts into the night.
Parallel Song
It's often heard alongside another classic from the same musical, "I Get a Kick out of You," which was also penned by Porter.
Film Appearance
The song, along with the rest of the "Anything Goes" repertoire, was included in the 1956 movie version of the musical.
Critical Acclaim
"All Through the Night" is still recognized today as one of Cole Porter's standout pieces and iconic in the world of jazz standards.
Social Impact
The song has been widely studied within the realm of music theory and criticism, for its clever use of lyrics and emotion provoking melody.

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