“All Through the Night” by Cyndi Lauper

It has been deduced that what Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night” is speaking to, when the vocalist gets to noting that she and the addressee “have no past” for instance, is these two parties being about to engage on a fresh romance together. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Cyndi Lauper's All Through The Night at Lyrics.org.

If this is in fact a love song, the lyrics are very nonspecific, in that none of the wording is actually amorous. For instance, we can take it that when the vocalist gets to singing about “be(ing) awake” with the addressee “all through the night”, the two are them are likely lovers, i.e. in the type of relationship where two adults would actually look forward to spending an entire evening together. But the lyrics don’t go as far to say or even really insinuate what they’re going to be doing during that time.

Moreover, Cyndi gets to referring to the likes of “stray cat(s)” and “street lamps”, thus making the track feel more macrocosmic than just alluding to a single romance. But when putting all of the lyrics together in a comprehensive way, that would be the most logical explanation, that this is indeed a love song, and the relationship between the singer and addressee is in its initial, i.e. euphoric stages.

So perhaps we can conclude by saying that there is an innate sexual innuendo in suggesting you want to spend the night with a romantic interest. But in the mind of this vocalist, she’s not really harping on that aspect of the relationship at all. Instead, going back to this being the euphoric-stage romance, it’s as if she just genuinely wants to be by the addressee’s side for as long as possible, i.e. “all through the night”.

Lyrics of "All Through The Night"

Facts about “All Through the Night”

“All Through the Night” is a piece that was originally dropped in 1983 via its author, singer/songwriter Jules Shear. 

But it was through Cyndi Lauper, whose version came out on 3 September 1984, that this song hit, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted in a few other countries, in addition to being certified gold up north.

This track can be found on Cyndi’s album which goes by the title “She’s So Unusual”. This is the same album which gave the world her signature song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“, as well as the ageless “Time After Time“. 

In fact said album, Lauper’s first, was such a big hit that “All Through the Night” managed to accomplish all of the above chart success, as the project’s fourth single, despite being devoid of its own music video.  Indeed all three of the singles that preceded it, respectively placed within the top 5 of the Hot 100. 

So when “All Through the Night” replicated the feat, that made Cyndi Lauper the first female in history to have four songs from a single album do so.

All Through The Night

More Noteworthy Stuff

There is also another version of “All Through the Night” as rendered by Cyndi Lauper, that time around being featured on her 2005 album “The Body Acoustic” and as a collaboration with Shaggy.

The producers of Cyndi Lauper’s first take on this song are Rick Chertoff and William Wittman.

“All Through the Night” by Cyndi Lauper is a product of Epic Records.

As a soloist throughout the years, Cyndi Lauper has dropped 11 studio albums, her latest (as of this writing) being 2016’s “Detour”. And even now at the age of 69 (as of this article’s writing), she is active.  For instance, Rod Stewart recently announced that Lauper will serve as his special guest for his 2023 New Zealand tours.

Chart Performance

Cyndi’s version of “All Through the Night” was a Top-10 hit in the United States, Austria, Canada and Chile. In the United Kingdom, it charted at #64.

United States#5

Popular Usage

“All Through the Night” has been featured in several TV shows and movies. Some of them include:

2016: American comedy-drama series “Casual” Season 2, Episode 2.

2017: American superhero series “Supergirl”, Season 3, Episode 5.

2018: American family drama series “This is Us”, Season 3, Episode 5.

2018: American comedy-drama movie “Tully”

2019: American sitcom “Mixed-ish”, Season 1, Episode 4.

2021: American comedy series “The Goldbergs” Season 8, Episode 18.


In 2015’s “The Voice UK”, contestant Stevie McCrorie performed his version on the live quarter finals.

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