Self Control

Self Control” is a song by Italian singer Raf, released in 1984. The song was covered the same year by American singer Laura Branigan. Her version first hit no. 1 in Germany on June 15, 1984. The song has become one of the defining songs of the 1980s, with a number of remakes recorded each year.

The song narrates the singer’s slip into the world of nightlife, the allure of which has her “livin’ only for the night” and deeming herself to “live among the creatures of the night“. Rather than actually invoking more self-control, the singer addresses someone: “you take my self, you take my self-control”.

LYRICS

Oh, the night is my world
City light painted girl
In the day nothing matters
It’s the night time that flatters
In the night, no control
Through the wall something’s breaking
Wearing white as you’re walkin’
Down the street of my soul
You take my self, you take my self control
You got me livin’ only for the night
Before the morning comes, the story’s told
You take my self, you take my self control
Another night, another day goes by
I never stop myself to wonder why
You help me to forget to play my role
You take my self, you take my self controlI,
I live among the creatures of the night
I haven’t got the will to try and fight
Against a new tomorrow
So I guess I’ll just believe it
That tomorrow never comes
A safe night (you take my self, you take my self control)
I’m living in the forest of my dream (you take my self, you take my self control)
I know the night is not as it would seem (you take my self, you take my self control)
I must believe in something
So I’ll make myself believe it (you take my self, you take my self control)
This night will never go
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh, the night is my world
City light painted girl
In the day nothing matters
It’s the night time that flattersI,
I live among the creatures of the night
I haven’t got the will to try and fight
Against a new tomorrow
So I guess I’ll just believe it
Tomorrow never knows
A safe night (you take my self, you take my self control)
I’m living in the forest of my dream (you take my self, you take my self control)
I know the night is not as it would seem (you take my self, you take my self control)
I must believe in something
So I’ll make myself believe it (you take my self, you take my self control)
This night will never goOh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-ohYou take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control
You take my self, you take my self control

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