|song by Duran Duran|
|Released||15 June 1981|
|Writer||Simon Le Bon|
About the song
The song was originally written by Simon Le Bon, when he was waiting for a ride from the night bus home. Simon Le Bon's lyric book which dates from the late 1970s to the early 1980s features "Night Boat".
It is spooky and atmospheric, unlike most of the other songs on the Duran Duran album. It is instrumental until about two minutes into it.
The video for "Nightboat" was directed by longtime music video director Russell Mulcahy. The video is a mini horror film shot on the Caribbean island side of Antigua.
Before the music starts, a brief bit of dialog includes Le Bon's recitation of part of a speech by Mercutio in William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.
The band gather in a small beach village as the sun is setting, only to be separated and set upon one by one by zombies, until the ragged night boat arrives to carry Le Bon away. It is possible that the video is a homage to the Italian horror film Zombi 2, with settings and zombies that look very much like the ones in the film.
The video was filmed in May 1982, several months before Michael Jackson began work on the video for his song Thriller, which also featured zombies.
Duran Duran are:
- Simon Le Bon - vocals
- John Taylor - bass guitar
- Andy Taylor - guitar
- Nick Rhodes - keyboards
- Roger Taylor - drums
Standing On the edge of the quay No lights flashing on the water for me Fog in my mind darkens my eyes Silently streaming for a distant sound Ripple river yellows Rising for a breath of breeding and drowns Stillness over comes me in the night Listen to the rising water moan I'm waiting Waiting for the night boat (whoa) I'm waiting Waiting for the night boat Shutters all through me shutter away Echo me (echo me) Am I alone or is the river alive 'Cause it echoes me (echoes me) I'm waiting Waiting for the night boat (whoa) I'm waiting Waiting for the night boat Waiting (waiting) Waiting for the night boat (whoa) I'm waiting Waiting for the night boat I'm waiting for the night boat