A song: “Walkin’ After Midnight”

 

I go out walkin’ after midnight
Out in the moonlight
Just like we used to do
I’m always walkin’ after midnight searchin’ for you

I walk for miles along the highway
Well, that’s just my way
Of sayin’ I love you
I’m always walkin’ after midnight, searchin’ for you

I stop to see a weepin’ willow
Cryin’ on his pillow
Maybe he’s cryin’ for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me
I’m lonesome as I can be

I go out walkin’ after midnight
Out in the starlight
Just hopin’ you may be
Somewhere a-walkin’ after midnight, searchin’ for me

I stop to see a weepin’ willow
Cryin’ on his pillow
Maybe he’s cryin’ for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me
I’m lonesome as I can be

I go out walkin’ after midnight
Out in the starlight
Just hopin’ you may be
Somewhere a-walkin’ after midnight, searchin’ for me

 

“Walkin’ After Midnight” is a song written by Alan Block and Donn Hecht in 1954, a few years before American country music artist Patsy Cline recorded it
She didn’t particularly like the song, but this tale of loneliness and lost love suited her emotional delivery. It is a country pop song with stylistic elements taken from the genres of jazz, traditional pop, and blues

In January 1957, Cline was invited to a CBS television programme. She originally intended to perform another song but the producers preferred “Walkin’ After Midnight”. Therefore she had to sing it during the variety show: the excessive amount of audience applause caused some technical difficulties but let her win that night’s competition.

Esco a camminare dopo mezzanotte
al chiaro di luna
Proprio come facevamo noi
Cammino sempre dopo mezzanotte in cerca di te

Cammino per chilometri lungo l’autostrada
Bene, è solo il mio modo
Per dirti che ti amo
Cammino sempre dopo mezzanotte in cerca di te

Mi fermo a guardare un salice piangente
Che piange sul suo cuscino
Forse sta piangendo per me
E mentre i cieli si fanno cupi
I venti di notte mi sussurrano
Sono tanto solo quanto potrei esserlo.

Esco a camminare dopo mezzanotte
Alla luce delle stelle
Sperando semplicemente che tu possa essere
A camminare da qualche parte a piedi dopo mezzanotte,
in cerca di me
(L.Z.)

27 thoughts on “A song: “Walkin’ After Midnight”

  1. Patsy Cline is still hugely popular with country western listeners here in the U.S. Like so many other singers, she died in a tragic plane crash. “I Fall To Pieces” is her most loved song but “Crazy” (written by Willie Nelson) served as the title track for the 2008 movie of the same name. That film chronicles the life of guitarist Hank Garland who was from Cowpens, South Carolina. BTW – There is a street named for her in Hendersonville, TN (North of Nashville).

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