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Patient is the Night is a song featured in Over the Garden Wall in the episode Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee when Wirt, Gregory, and Beatrice are sentenced to a few hours of manual labor from Enoch in Pottsfield. The singer is Chris Isaak.



Among the fields of straw and stover

Clocked in 'til the work day's over

Time’s a gentle stream, longer than it seems

Patient is the night

How I long to see her face now

Her starry moonlit gaze now

I know she’s never late, still anxiously I wait

Patient is the night


I know she's never late, still anxiously I wait

Patient is the night.

The ending credits of the Composer's Mix from the episode Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee in the DVD includes the lines (which presumably were to go after the first stanza):

In the fields the sun is setting

The hours and the clouds spreading

Lazy 'cross the sky, with no end in sight

patient is the night


One interpretation is that the narrator is awaiting death. This is evidenced by the fact that despite proclaiming to be "clocked in till the work day's over" he says that he is anxiously waiting instead of working, in this case, the night would mean death, alongside the woman who is described. This could be signifying Wirt as he expresses an inclination to remain in Pottsfield and after his ultimate decision to keep traveling essentially confronting and overcoming death, he ceases to recite his morose poetry only picking it back up after his being betrayed by Beatrice.