"Midnight Caller" as written by and Peter William Ham....
Beneath the midnight caller
She thinks of paper green
You never hear them calling her name
They just know where they've been

You never hear her holler
The tears no longer come
She reads her daily book of the past
That shows of everyone

Grey years that show in her hair
Can't be, but don't seem to care
She unlocks the door and there's no one there

She sees a daytime stroller
Walk from the night before
And though she paints a smile on her face
He won't be back no more

She's got no saint to follow
She's got no place to go
Too proud to ask an old friend for help
Too proud to let him know

Grey years that show in her hair
Can't be, but don't seem to care
She knocks the door and there's no one there

Nobody (nobody), nobody (nobody), nobody's gonna help you now.

Lyrics submitted by richie

"Midnight Caller" as written by Peter William Ham

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    General CommentThis song is about a girl, who was a friend of the group, who broke their friendship after deciding to become a midnight call-girl (prostitute). She seems to be a girl only in it for the money, and doesn't care about any of the friends she's leaving behind. She got herself in this situation and now she has nobody to bail her out now.
    richieon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGood girl gone bad. She took the lonely road.
    lennonmccartneyon December 01, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe woman in this song is a prostitute. A "midnight caller" refers to a John, who she is beneath for obvious reasons. "Paper green" refers to the money that is exchanged for her services. "You never hear them calling her name/They just know where they've been," I interpret to mean that while nobody seeks her out, she tells her customers her name, perhaps to try to form a connection, however small, with them out of loneliness.

    "You never hear her holler" (no sexual moaning perhaps, or perhaps no protest on her part,) and "the tears no longer come" seem to me to represent her emotional distance from herself, she is devoid of feeling. "She reads her daily book of the past/That shows of everyone" I interpret to mean reading her journal, which contains memories of people she used to be friends with.

    In the verse that begins with "She sees a daytime stroller," she sees a patron of hers from earlier, and though she smiles at him, she knows he won't come back to her again, adding to the theme of loneliness. "She's got no saint to follow" could either mean she cannot find solace in religion, or perhaps that she has no moral exemplar to give her an easy answer to her problems, no hero to guide her in her life. "Too proud to ask an old friend for help/Too proud to let him know" refers to the aforementioned friendship with the band as shown above by @richie, and how she feels she cannot ask them for help getting out of her situation.

    The first two lines of the chorus of the song, "Grey years that show in her hair/Can't be, but don't seem to care" simply means that though she is young, she shows the effects of hard living in her body, the grey hairs persist despite the fact that normally she should not have them at her young age.

    Hopefully this interpretation is helpful to others/creates discussion, although ultimately it is just one of many :)
    BigStarGalon September 10, 2016   Link

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