Come on now try and understand… the way I feel, I’m the Orkin Man

Every time I hear 10,000 Maniacs version of Because The Night, I think of our friend Bill singing…”Because the night… belongs to bugs” which only makes sense if you also know this line:

Bill’s version: “Come on now, try and understand the way I feel, I’m the Orkin man”

The real words: “Come on now, try and understand the way I feel under your command”

Because The Night was originally written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith, and released by The Patti Smith Group in 1978 on their album, Easter. When 10,000 Maniacs played an episode of MTV Unplugged, a popular 90s acoustic show on MTV,  their cover of this song was notable. Today it’s still played on light rock and mix radio stations everywhere.

And what about The Orkin Man?

Well, it seems like they’ve retired the Orkin Man campaign in favor of these amusingly weird commercials featuring a giant bug creature devising clever ways of attempting to get into your house. Here’s one: