All the town is cloaked in black
Like in a game of shade and light
And a great peacefulness descends –
There's time to breathe, give pause
In the unretreating night.
A raucous saxophone wails in the wild
And the moon up the mountain climbs,
It is almost gone now with the wind
And 'til the morn there's still a while.
For this is the real time – tonight
For this is love's time – tonight.
It's best you bide with me – 'tis wise,
Through the never-ending night-time.
This night of a thousand faces
With a million stars on high
And we are all but part of a play,
Actors in the kingdom of night.
And in children's dreams sweet
Fairies and dwarves shall meet.
The "alone" and the "together"-ness
An hour of respite seek.
How good it feels to be with friends,
To the mournful call of owls afar;
Waves rush to kiss the shore
And neon signs light up –
The night so bright
And moments of delight.
For this is the real time......................