From a movie soundtrack rejection to music video cameos, here are some things that you probably didn’t know about Pat Benatar‘s hit song, “Shadows Of The Night”.

1Shadows Of The Night Was Rejected From A Movie Soundtrack

The song was originally composed by D.L. Byron for the 1980 film Times Square with Tim Curry. Producers didn’t like the song and ultimately cut it from the soundtrack. In hindsight, an extremely poor decision. Nothing helps boost movie ticket sales better than a hit soundtrack.

2Record Label Executives Thought The Song Wasn’t Commercial Enough

After the Times Square movie producers rejected the song, Byron brought it to his record label. They also rejected it. They claimed that the song “wasn’t commercial enough.” They were terribly wrong. “Shadows In The Night” went on to win Benatar her 3rd Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (1983) and peaked at both #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks.

3The Music Video Features Judge Reinhold and Bill Paxton

Judge Reinhold and Bill Paxton have minor roles in the official video. Both unknowns at the time, Judge Reinhold (Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop) played World War II fighter pilot and Bill Paxton (The Terminator, Weird Science, Aliens, Predator 2, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic) was a Nazi radio operator. The stylized music video portrays Benatar as a WWII factory riveter who wants to fly a fighter jet and fight Nazis.

 

Shadows Of The Night Lyrics

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, you’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

You said, oh girl, it’s a cold world
When you keep it all to yourself
I said, you can’t hide on the inside
All the pain you’ve ever felt
Ransom my heart, but baby don’t look back
‘Cause we got nobody else

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

You know that sometimes, it feels like
It’s all moving way too fast
Use every alibi and words you deny
That love ain’t meant to last
You can cry tough baby, it’s all right
You can let me down easy, but not tonight

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

And now the hands of time are standin’ still
Midnight angel, won’t you say you will

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight
They’ll come true in the end

We’re running with the shadows of the night
So baby take my hand, it’ll be all right
Surrender all your dreams to me tonight