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Lonely In Your Nightmare
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song by Duran Duran
Released 10 May 1982
Genre •New wave •pop rock
Length 3:52 minutes
Label Capitol, EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer Colin Thurston
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"Lonely In Your Nightmare" is a Duran Duran song from their second album Rio, released by Capitol-EMI on 10 May 1982.

About the song[]

The David Kershenbaum mix (4:52) was used for the US release of Rio. It features longer instrumental passages as well as additional lyrics not heard in the UK album release. It also has mix differences like loud hi-hats and heavy snare reverb. This version was also used for the music video, while CD pressings of "Lonely In Your Nightmare" have featured a slightly remixed version of the UK album mix.

Music video[]

There were two separate videos made: The first was released to MTV in 1982 but was later re-edited and cut with new footage for the 1983 video album "Duran Duran". The latter version follows "Planet Earth", and features a still from the end of the video, as Simon picks it up and continues looking through old photographs.

The video is mostly black and white; the colour scenes were filmed before, in Sri Lanka. This is evident by the band's different wardrobe as well as the different hairstyle John was sporting. Scenes from the video were later used in "Save A Prayer", specifically Simon and a girl dancing.

Complete list of mixes[]

  1. "Lonely In Your Nightmare" (UK LP Version) - 3:50
  2. "Lonely In Your Nightmare" (US Album Remix) - 4:52
  3. "Lonely In Your Nightmare" (1st Video Version) - 4:48 - Same structure as the US Album Remix, but mixed relatively dry, like the CD Album version. Shorter duration is due to the ends being faded slightly.
  4. "Lonely In Your Nightmare" (2nd Video Version) - 4:51 - Much like the 1st Video Version, but the intro is crossfaded with the end of "Planet Earth", both the intro and outro are overdubbed with the video's sound effects, and the music is mixed with moderate but inconsistent snare reverb, making it more similar to the actual US Album Remix (but hi-hats are still fairly quiet). Some presentations may be faded on the ends (e.g. on YouTube) to avoid including the adjacent songs, thus shortening the duration.
  5. "Lonely In Your Nightmare" (CD Album Version) - 3:48 - Very similar to UK LP version but intro edited, different stereo placement and relative volume levels of instruments, and different reverb.


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Even on the darkest night
When empty promise means empty hand
Soldiers coming home
Like shadows turning red

And when the lights of hope
Are fading quickly then look to me
I'll be your homing angel
I'll be in your head

Because you're lonely in your nightmare
Let me in
And there's heat beneath your winter
Let me in

I see the delta traces
Living lonely out on the limb
And a passing glimmer
Warm beneath your skin

Please tread gently on the ground
When all around you earth turns to fire
Only get a second chance
When danger's on the wind

Because you're lonely in your nightmare
Let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter
Let me in

Must be lucky weather
When you find the kind of wind that you need
C'mon show me all the light
And shade that made your name

I know you've got it in your head
I've seen that look before
You've built your refuge
Turns you captive all the same

Because you're lonely in your nightmare
Let me in
And it's barren in your garden
Let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter
Let me in

Because you're so lonely in your nightmare
Let me in
And it's cold out on your stone range
Let me in
Because there's heat beneath your winter
Let me in

See also[]


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"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down • "All You Need Is Now • "Girl Panic! • "Leave A Light On • "Pressure Off" • "Five Years" • "Invisible" • "More Joy" • "Anniversary" • "Tonight United" • "Give It All Up " • "Danse Macabre" • "Black Moonlight"

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