"Sometime Around Midnight" as written by and Mikel Jollett....
And it starts
Sometime around midnight
Or at least that's when
You lose yourself
For a minute or two

As you stand
Under the bar lights
And the band plays some song
About forgetting yourself for a while
And the piano's this melancholy sound check
To her smile
And that white dress she's wearing
You haven't seen her
For a while

But you know
That she's watching
She's laughing, she's turning
She's holding her tonic like a crux
The room suddenly spinning
She walks up and asks how you are
So you can smell her perfume
You can see her lying naked in your arms

And so there's a change
In your emotions
And all of these memories come rushing
Like feral waves to your mind
Of the curl of your bodies
Like two perfect circles entwined
And you feel hopeless, and homeless
And lost in the haze
Of the wine

And she leaves
With someone you don't know
But she makes sure you saw her
She looks right at you and bolts
As she walks out the door
Your blood boiling
Your stomach in ropes
And when your friends say what is it
You look like you've seen a ghost

And you walk
Under the streetlights
And you're too drunk to notice
That everyone is staring at you
And you so care what you look like
The world is falling
Around you

You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her

And you know that she'll break you in two


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"Sometime Around Midnight" as written by Mikel Frans Jollett

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  • +16
    General Commentthis song is so wonderful, i can't even take it.

    i envision, a man sitting in a bar, and in walks this woman, a woman he once loved and whom loved him.
    he probably hasn't seen or even thought of her in quite some time but the minute he sees her walking by; laughing, talking, drinking, he is flooded with emotion. the memories of who they were and what they had, come pouring in; reasons for why they ended their relationship are irrelevant because since it has been so long, all that is left are memories of the good times. she walks over to him and he feels just as he did when they had each other "so you can smell her perfume
    you can see her lying naked in your arms."

    he remembers what it felt like to hold her, to love her, to be with her, and for all of the love to be returned.

    she leaves with another man.
    she makes sure he sees that she has someone else because she wants him to know that she has found love again, that she is happy, that she has everything she needs.
    i assume she is clouded with emotion just as he is,
    otherwise, why would she bother in making such a scene about having another?

    she leaves the bar and moments later he stumbles out, to search for her or perhaps himself.

    he's not quite coherent and the floods of mixed emotions aren't helping.

    all he wants is to see her again, to be in that place again, that place of love and sweet bliss, but he knows that if he sees her again it will only further prove to himself that he can never have her again, that everything they are has passed over into sweet memory.

    "You just have to see her

    and you know that she'll break you
    in two"

    he had forgotten her for so long and now that he is reminded, what will he do?
    SaralynnEtc.on August 02, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General CommentConsider yourself lucky if you haven't been there. Great lines - "You just have to see her, and you know that she'll break you in two."
    Nacon May 31, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIs anyone else reminded of The Great Gatsby?
    Because it reminds me of the part where Gatsby's throwing one of his huge extravagant parties and Daisy shows up to it for the first time. In the book, I believe she was wearing a white dress to the party, and that someone said to Gatsby "you look like you've seen a ghost" sometime during the party. And they showed up to Gatsby's around midnight.. And as Daisy's leaving, she searches for Gatsby in the crowd of faces, but she's with her husband.

    So there are some similarities, if I'm remembering correctly. And I imagine this song to be about that part, only from Gatsby's perspective to pay tribute, I guess, since you only get Nick's perspective in the book.

    Either way, it's a beautiful song, it gets me every time. (':

    And this girl, Jen Miller, did a lovely cover of it. She messes up once or twice, but her voice really does justice to the mood of the song. Check it out: youtube.com/…
    xariltngraxeon February 05, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti like how the song's in second person.
    BoyNamedTimon May 01, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti really like this song. i reminds me of the urgency i heard in conor's voice in old bright eyes (like, haligh haligh). it's not quite as innovative as that was then, but i dig the song anyway. i've been there (as in, the scene he describes).
    chicananerdon April 02, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe album is amazing. No joke.
    shrodeson July 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentabsolutely the best album i've heard in a while
    new favourite band

    the song is beautiful and intense and just incredible

    its about his ex, who he still loves
    she's not actually really trying to be cruel though, as it may seem. rather he just feels like she's fucking with him because he's still so hurt
    tattooed_harpiston August 11, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just want to add that this song used to bring tears to my eyes just thinking of the horror of this situation ever being possible with my wife. Now that we are going through a divorce that I want no part of and she does, I deathly fear becoming the guy in the song. I can't stand to listen to the song and yet I listen to it anyway. I know people say they can relate to the feelings because of an ex, but when the ex is somebody who you've loved for over 20 years and she has no regard for you then you really understand the emotion. I'm guessing the writer never felt that level of pain because he's probably not old enough, but he sure writes like somebody who did.
    joeplaceon January 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentabsolutely amazing song.
    Love the lyrics, but I always believe that it's the melodies that evoke emotion and support the feeling behind the words...

    The song begins in a mellow way with less instrumentation, his voice is gentle and it seems like he is keeping it together. But his true feelings slowly start to surface...

    He thinks that she is intentionally trying to hurt him while being aloof by flaunting her smile and reminding him of her perfume.

    "and so there's a change"...

    The memories come rushing and emotions consume him to the point of feeling hopeless and homeless...

    As she leaves, it's the breaking point.
    "gut boiling" and friends noting that he "looks like a ghost"
    By now all of the instruments are being included, with the full sound you can feel the emotions running high and overwhelming him...
    His voice is louder now too, as he screams...

    Walking after her and making a drunken spectacle of himself doesn't even matter,
    He just has to see her.
    lowon December 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heared the radio show that the lead singer did on XFM (best radio station ever).. and he was saying that this song is like a short story of what actually happend to him
    he was actually completly pissed in a bar when his ex turned up.. and so the song is telling you what happened.
    i think its brilliant cause its so brutally honest.. and the line "you can smell her perfume you can see her lying naked in your arms" i think is amazingly vivid.. and its true
    BrokenRecordGirlon February 03, 2009   Link

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