Sunglasses at Night

Labor Day weekend 1983, I missed the first day of school to go on a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas with family, friends, and many of Def Leppard’s roadcrew who where posing as a church group of kids.

The first night onboard my friend Mark Hartley wore his best imitation Michael Jackson outfit and sunglasses around the ship.  His neighbor and school friend, the real Rob Thomas, sitting in the middle.

While on the cruise I would come up with the song “Sunglasses at Night” making fun of Mark.

It was his last name of “Hartley” that inspired the stage name of the singer Corey Hart and the first name inspired by the two teenaged Coreys, actor Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who were already tapped to appear in The Lost Boys (1987).  It was Feldman who made his debut in the 1979 film Time After Time which inspired me to write the song “Time After Time” for Cyndi Lauper.  Of course, the Wayfarers worn by the artist were inspired by Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

Despite the labels claim, the song “Sunglasses at Night” would be released in 1984 on the album First OffenseI would also write the song “Never Surrender” released on the 1985 album Boy in the Box and would be part of the inspiration behind me writing the songMan in the Boxwhich would be recorded by Alice in Chains.

I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, So I can
Watch you weave then breathe your story lines
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, So I can
Keep track of the visions in my eyes

While, she’s deceiving me,
It cuts my security (has)
she got control of me
I turn to her and say

Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades; oh no
Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades;
(oh no) (I can’t believe it)
You got it made with the guy in shades; oh no

I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, So I can
Forget my name while you collect your claim
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, So I can
See the light that’s right before my eyes

While she’s deceiving me,
she cuts my security (has)
She got control of me
I turn to her and say

Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades (oh no)
Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades
(oh no) (I can’t believe it)
(cuz) You got it made with the guy in shades (oh no)

While she’s deceiving me,
she cuts my security (has)
She got control of me
I turn to her and say

Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades (oh no)
Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades
(oh no) (I can’t believe it)
don’t be afraid of the guy in shades
(oh No) (It can’t escape you)
(cus) You got it made with the guy in shades (oh no)

I said
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night

I say to ya now
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night

I cry to you
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night

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