Every night thousands of workers keep our cities moving and reset them for the following day. They are largely unseen, unheard and unrepresented. This song reflects on both the loneliness of the nightshift and the perspective that night workers have on the rest of us, heads down in our busyness.

Night Hours

 

I’ve been working through the night

I’ve been working all my life

 

I’m here when your thoughts are not

Night hours in a world forgot

But on my own here I can see the way things are going

 

I’ve been working, until the half-light,

I’ve been up here, nearly every night, an eye on your world

 

I’m here when your thoughts are not

Night hours in a world forgot

But on my own here I can see the way things are going

 

I’ve been working, kept out of sight

In the quiet, unlocked by the night, far from the roar

 

I’m here when your thoughts are not

Night hours in a world forgot

But on my own here I can see the way things are going

 

I’ve been working, working hard to make, some sense of it all,

I’ve been watching, as a city sleeps, I am a man forgot     

 

I’m here when your thoughts are not

Night hours in a world forgot

But on my own here I can see the way things are going

 

Jimmy Aldridge