The Music of the Night - Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman (lyrics in the description)





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Published on Dec 2, 2007


Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness wakes and stirs imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
Helpless to resist the notes i write
For I compose the music of the night

Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendour
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Hearing is believing
Music is deceiving
Hard as lightning, soft as candle light
Dare you trust the music of the night..
Close your eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth
And the truth isn't what you want to see
In the dark it is easy to pretend..
That the truth is what it ought to be...

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Close your eyes start a journey through a strange, new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Close your eyes and let music set you free
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night

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Crawford understood the role of the Phantom correctly. In his voice there is a lonely coldness and a fatherly warmth. He moves oddly, just like a seriously deformed man would because of his deformity and because he has never been around ordinary people. His acting holds within the rage the Phantom feels towards humanity for the discrimination he has faced, and he also shows the passion for his music and Christine in his emotions. I think all modern Phantoms fail to understand the character. They move sexually, sing in a very trained and classic way and act like some mean bad boys. The Phantom is supposed to be middle-aged, deformed and lonely as hell, he has become a ghostly man not truly understanding how one should love another. He should be an insecure artist driven mad by discrimination and the lack of company and love (which is caused by his deformity). There is no sex appeal in this man, he is a PHANTOM, a ghost! In the book he is described as a skeletal corpse and the only kind of connection Christine shares with him is that of a tutor and a pupil (and there is of course the link to her father). He is supposed to be creepy, ugly, lonely and mad. I can understand why some people (young women) would be more drawn towards a hot young guy in a mask (because that's mysterious and sexy), but the true Phantom is not like that. The true Phantom's story is all about discrimination, how people are sick to only care about how others look like and how some of us have to suffer because of that. It's not a love triangle where a girl has to choose between two sexy guys, it is a story of how a man has to live alone because of others and learn how to love correctly (by giving freedom to the only love of his life instead of keeping her as his slave forever). Crawford understood that and the character. That is why he is easily my favorite Phantom.
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Must be hard to sing with that big bugger hanging on his nose.
Yes, but the 14 year-old girl is the target audience. 14 year old girls went to see "Titanic" again and again.
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“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.” -Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
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Gaston Leroux actually never said that.
Ian Elder Love Never Dies was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, thus not cannon.
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I don't care what anyone says. Michael Crawford is THE Phantom.
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lon chaney
I care what Anyone says, he lent me 5 dollars
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Sarah`s eyes scares me so....
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Regina George
Derole not to me the beautiful the phantom scares me
I agree she has a fantastic voice, though!
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Ariana LaMark
"Close your eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth, and the truth isn't what you want to see..."  I. Swear. To. God.  #1) those are the best lyrics in the song, my opinion. Honestly my favorite lyrics in the whole wide world. Why would ALW want to change them? #2) the way Michael sings that line is just so freaking haunting and raw and everytime he does it I just give into the song and I get like this giant surge through my body that just shakes me up so much. I could listen to him sing that for the rest of my life. Dear Lord was he an amazing Phantom. I love him so much! Like he makes me just want to give into him. If I were Christine I would, dear Lord. 
Steve Bates
Chishannicon and
+Ariana LaMark And the second part of that line: "In the dark it is easy to pretend that the truth is what it ought to be" truly shows the essence of the character and what is going on in this scene. I much prefer this version's lyrics to the ones you hear in the actual stage show. This is the best version of the song, hands down.
Saint King
Crawford sounds like the ghost Ramin sounds like the man Butler sounds like the Angel All of the man give different sides to the phantom's character
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Generic Normie
But The Phantom is called The Phantom for a reason, so Crawford is the best.
Apparently God made our voice get lower and lower each year
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Jessie Charles
I love Michael Crawford, but there are definitely better Christines in my opinion. 
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Paul Garrett
Sarah Brightman was pretty good, but the only reason she landed the role was because she was in a relationship with Webber,
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Neo Options
Michael Crawford offered something his successors can't: uniqueness. There have been many other great Phantoms that have followed his footsteps but none can quite match him. Mainly because of his voice which is powerful and high yet soft and mild. He has a voice which I cannot properly explain. His voice, I think, is heavenly. He can sing beautifully by just whispering, just like what Erik can supposedly do and I think he pretty much just nailed it. You can sit and argue who the best Phantom is but this man has set the standard on Phantom and rest assured, there would be no one like him. 
+Neo Options Also they changed ALOT about how the phantom is performed because a lot of things he would improv made it into regular rotation for any stage performance. For example it was his idea at the end of the show he would cry on stage with the veil. That was never written in until after he did it and everyone loved it.
TheLast Hawk
Had a chance meeting with Mr. Crawford. What a nice man. Thanked him for his music.
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Ginga Ninja
TheLast Hawk Lucky!!! 💖
Lauren Faerber
i would give anything in the world to meet Michael Crawford. He was my very first hearing of the show when I was 4 yrs old, and I would probably cry or just be stunned seeing him. He is amazing. I love him so much. He's the only Phantom for me<3.
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I swear, when the suggested videos popped up, it was like I was snapping out of a trance.
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I used to listen to this song constantly when I was young (before I ever saw the show live), and it would put me into a trance every time. When the song was finished, I had to just sit in silence for a while until I was ready to move on.
Bailey San Miguel
+DisneyFanatic2364 omg hi Disney remember me?
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