Music Break: Night Shift by The Commodores

May 24, 2019

Musically, this tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson holds up.
It came to me as an ear worm in the middle of the night, so I pulled it up on the phone.
By the time is was over, I was in tears. True story.
Must be losing it.

Marvin, he was a friend of mine
And he could sing a song, his heart in every line
Marvin sang of the joy and pain
He opened up our minds, and I still can hear him say
“Aw talk to me, so you can see, what’s going on”
Say you will sing your songs forevermore

[Refrain]
Gonna be some sweet sounds, coming down on the nightshift
I bet you’re singing proud, I bet you’ll pull a crowd
Gonna be a long night, it’s gonna be all right, on the nightshift
You found another home, I know you’re not alone, on the nightshift
You found another home, I know you’re not alone, on the nightshift

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3 Responses to “Music Break: Night Shift by The Commodores”

  1. davidjkatz Says:

    This one makes me tear up too. Not a great song, but the evocation of Marvin and Jackie makes me yearn for things that can never be recaptured. Thanks for sharing.

  2. mtpccl Says:

    Same here. The greatness of America that’s in short supply now is part of that song. Those of us who’ve experienced it must keep the faith and fan the embers.

  3. redskylite Says:

    1985 was a pivotal year for me and having working many a night shift, this song and this sound just brings it all back – thanks for the break and invoking the memories and dreams.


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