“I Need The Night” by London Grammar

The best way to begin our explanation of London Grammar’s “I Need The Night” is by going straight to its chorus. It features Hannah Reid ‘needing’ to spend the night with other individuals who desire to socialize and make merry like herself. 

So we know that, ideologically speaking, what the singer desires, ‘needs’ even is something like instant gregarious stress relief.

And it would seem, even if it is unlikely a listener picks up on this idea from the verses, that her feeling this way has something to do with professional issues. 

Indeed an underlying subtheme of the entire Californian Soil project is Reid’s discontent with the reality of superstardom as opposed to the way she conceptualized it beforehand. And according to an explanation she gives of a bar dropped in the first verse, such an idea also plays a role in this song.

And also, it is arguable that the bridge is based on a similar theme.  But in the name of avoiding getting lost in these highly-metaphorical lyrics, we won’t dive too deep. 

In all

Let’s just close by saying that “I Need the Night” is clearly a song which is intended to relay emotions more so than a storyline. And emotion-wise, what is put forth is that the singer is a hard woman who has had some bad relationships in the past. But she is confident that who she is dealing with on this particular night, which reads like a specific addressee(s) in the bridge, will make her feel better.

Lyrics to "I Need The Night"
"I Need The Night"

Writing and Production Credits

Hannah Reid, Dominic “Dot” Major and Daniel Rothman are this song’s official writers.

Hannah Reid discusses "I Need The Night"

The song was produced by Everton Nelson and London Grammar.

Release Date

The song was released on 16th April, 2021.

Album Details

“I Need the Night” is the last but one track from London Grammar’s “Californian Soil” album. The band didn’t release “I Need the Night” as a single.

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