"Five Minutes To Midnight" as written by Sam Hollander, David Katz and Martin Johnson....
Brown eyes and lungs are filled up with smoke
Fast lives are stuck in the undertow
But you know the places I wanna go
Cause oh oh oh I've got a sickness you've got the cure
You've got the spark I've been looking for
And I got a plan we walk out the door
You know you wanna just let go
It's time to roll down the windows
Singing oh oh oh
We got all we need singers
So here we go

Turn it up
It's five minutes to midnight
You're coming home with me tonight
I can't get enough, shakin' me up turn it up alright
At five minutes to midnight

You'll see our name in city lights
Well make the clock stop make your heart drop
It becomes alive
We could pack up and leave other things behind
No fact or fiction or story line
Cause I need you more than just for tonight your oh oh oh
All I care I can't stop my breathing in
I'm weak and you were my medicine
I won't stop til I am under your skin
You know you wanna just let go
It's time to roll down the window
Singing oh oh oh
We got all we need so here we go

Turn it up
It's five minutes to midnight
You're coming home with me tonight
I can't get enough, shakin' me up turn it up alright
At five minutes to midnight

And when the clock strikes twelve
Will you find another boy
To go and kiss and tell
Cause you know I never will I think we could strike a match
And hold it to the wind to
See how long it lasts
We can make the time stand still

Turn it up
It's five minutes to midnight
You're coming home with me tonight
I can't get enough, shakin' me up turn it up alright
At five minutes to midnight

Turn it up
It's five minutes to midnight
You're coming home with me tonight
I can't get enough, shakin' me up turn it up alright
At five minutes to midnight


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"Five Minutes to Midnight" as written by Sam Hollander Martin Johnson

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  • +1
    General CommentI just started listening to Boys Like Girls, and I love them! This is probably my favorite song so far, because it's so amazing and... I just want to listen to it at 11:55. I'm kind of a nerd like that.
    awkward/innocenton February 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think there might be a deeper meaning to this song. Five Minutes to Midnight was a code phrase used during the Cold War to describe lengths of time away from nuclear war. 1 Minute to Midnight meant the first nuke has been launched, midnight meant nuclear war. For the US right now we're about 6 minutes from midnight (it doesn't mean time in minutes obviously, but the closer to midnight, the closer to nuclear winter). The closest we got in the Cold War was 2 minutes. This song could just be about a party or whatever, but I think it's possible it could have a deeper meaning; a last night to live sort of meaning, or even last week I suppose. The first verse, "Brown eyes and lungs are filled up with smoke," could indicate a coming apocolypse of some sort. Then, "Fast lives are stuck in the undertoe," could indicate that as the world is receding, the chaos of lives that could never slow down are caught back and rather meaningless. "But you know the places I wanna go" could mean the places the speaker wants to go before death. Then "We could pack up
    And leave all our things behind
    No fact, or fiction, or storyline
    'Cause I need you more than just for tonight" could mean leaving home, because it'll be meaningless by midnight and the speaker is saying they need the other person if they survive. Nuclear war is a bit of a stretch for parts of the lyrics or for this song, but I think it's possible and even if it isn't the meaning it at least makes us think a little more about it.

    annaleeseon December 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really good song, and i can't believe people haven't said anything about it yet. Anyways, to me this song kinda seems like theres a guy and a girl and the guy wants more than the girls willing to give. (not sex but like a real relationship)
    standingxaloneon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, thanks for the lyrics.
    i think this is about how he loves her and he wont give up until he has her.

    martin writes the most amazing lyrics, i love this song and the entire record.
    tinfoiltouchhon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis band is truly amazing. I absolutely love this song, and I'm trying to find it right now so I can actually here it. xD Boys Like Girls.
    Kwinon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, I love this song so much. Scratch that. I love this whole band so much. I saw them in concert last week with All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Format, and I have to say they were incredible. I had my doubts, considering it'd be live, but they really pulled through and did an amazing job. GO BLG!
    HollyRockson December 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat An Amazing Song. Reminds Me Of Just. Everything Its An Awesome Song By And Awesome Band
    Deranged_Angelon December 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery song on their album rocks!

    This is the rare time I can say that I've listened to every song on the album and loved them!
    aceofsorrowon December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a pretty good song, they sound very similar to jimmy eat world in my opinion in this song
    boyslikegirls123on January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. I really like them. wow. this is a good album. All the songs atleast have point. i think. but i really like 'em. they are great in concert .
    -Annie
    Annie_hahaon February 06, 2007   Link

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