All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

September 28, 2021

The song of the day is a pop song with Caribbean influences. It was written and sung by Lionel Richie.

Song Facts

  • “All Night Long (All Night)” was released on Richie’s second solo album, “Can’t Slow Down,” in 1983. If you’re old enough, you saw him perform it during the closing ceremonies of the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984.
  • The video features a cast of interracial dancers wearing colorful outfits performing a variety of dances popular at the time.
  • Richie wanted an African segment to the song, and so he called the UN to get a few words translated. He was appalled to learn that Africa had dozens of languages and thousands of dialects. There was no way for him to choose, so he made up the African words on the spot.
  • The song reached number 1 on Billboard on November 6 and was nominated for a Grammy for best song of the year in 1983. It remained on the top 100 list for 20 weeks.
  • Richie wrote a series of hit songs for his group (the Commodores) in the 1970s and 1980s. These include “Sail On” and “Three Times a Lady.” He left the group to go solo in 1982.
  • In 1986, as a solo artist, he released “Dancin’ on the Ceiling,” which featured an amazing video in which he appeared to be dancing up the wall onto the ceiling of a room–then the other dancers joined him.
  • Lionel Richie is still performing his songs at concerts.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Da Da, ooooh

Well, my friends, the time has come

To raise the roof and have some fun

Throw away the work to be done

Let the music play on (play on, play on, play on…)

Everybody sing, everybody dance

Lose yourself in wild romance

We’re going to Party, Karamu, Fiesta, forever

Come on and sing along!

We’re going to Party, Karamu, Fiesta, forever

Come on and sing along!

All night long (all night), All night (all night)

All night long (all night), All night (all night)

All night long (all night), All night (all night)

All night long! (all night), Ooh, yeah (all night)

People dancing all in the street

See the rhythm all in their feet

Life is good, wild and sweet

Let the music play on…(Play on, play on, play on…)

Feel it in your heart and feel it in your soul

Let the music take control

We’re going to Party, Liming, Fiesta, forever

Come on and sing along

We’re going to Party, Liming, Fiesta, forever

Come on and sing my song!

All night long (all night), oooh, (all night)

All night long (all night), yeaz, (all night)

All night long (all night), yeah, (all night)

All night long (all night)…(all night)

Yeah, once you get started you can’t sit down

Come join the fun, it’s a merry-go-round

Everyone’s dancing their troubles away

Come join our party, See how we play!

Come on! Come on!

Everybody dance like Jimmy

Come on!

Tam bo li de say de moi ya

Hey Jambo Jumbo

Way to parti o we goin’

Oh, jambali

Tam bo li de say de moi ya

Yeah, Jambo, jumbo

Oh, O, O, O, yes

We’re going to have a party! (Yeah… ugh)

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

All night long (all night)…

Everyone you meet (all night)

They’re jamming in the street (all night)

All night long! (All night)

Everyone you meet (all night)

They’re jamming in the street (all night)

All night long! (All night)

Everybody come on!

Feel good! Feel good!

Come on!

Come on!

Sing about here, everybody!

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

Come on now

All night long (all night), All night, (all night)

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