Benny Mardones exploded onto the music scene in 1980 and was quickly nicknamed “the Voice” due to his incredible vocal range and soulful, passionate performance of his signature song Into the Night. The track became an instant nationwide radio classic, topped the charts twice, and remains one of the most frequently played tunes in radio history. It is estimated that Into the Night has been played more than 4,000,000 times in the US alone.
She’s just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say
Separated by fools
Who don’t know what love is yet
But I want you to know -
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
And show you a love
Like you’ve never seen – ever seen.
It’s like having a dream
Where nobody has a heart
It’s like having it all
And watching it fall apart
And I would wait till the end of time for you
And do it again, it’s true
I can’t measure my love
There’s nothing to compare it to
But I want you to know
Long disputed over the meaning of the songs lyrics (the song is a giulty pleasure for Gilding’s Mother, in fact, for this very reason)–is it pedophilia or is it fatherly. It can’t be helped that even by the purest intented mind the lyrics conjure up that guilty tingle of arousal for love of a forbidden fruit. However, Mardones’ friends hold steadfast that the song was written about a young girl who lived across the hallway from the singer/songwriter, and is in fact an expression of desire to remove the girl from her abusive family and show her the love a father SHOULD give his child.
From the perspective of Gilding’s once 16 year-old self, the song always sent a titillating fantasy spinning in her daydream filled head of having the innocent sexual prowess enough to seduce the gorgeous older man of her dreams. Yep, Gilding thinks she likes her version better. Forbidden sex it is!
Listen to the song: Into the Night