Hey, little kid that I saw at the bus stop one day
It was nearly midnight in Honolulu (Lulu)
We were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the aeroplane
When your mother said, your mother said
Like I couldn't hear her, she said,
"Get the fuck away from me!
Why don't you ever shut up?
Get the fuck away from me!"

Oh, oh

Well, I just want to say that it happened
'Cause one day when you ask yourself,
"Did it really happen?"
You won't believe it, but yes, it did
And I'm sorry
And I'm sorry
'Cause it happens everyday

They won't believe you
When you tell them
They won't believe you
When you say, "My mother, she did not love me.
My mother, she did not love me"

No (no) x8

Some days you feel like a cartoon
And people will rush to make excuses for you
You'll hear yourself complain
But don't you ever shut up please
Kid, have your say
'Cause I still love you
Even if I don't see you again

Lyrics submitted by tinyvictories, edited by veevnotacai

Nearly Midnight, Honolulu song meanings
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    General CommentThis could have been my mother and me on any given day. Every word of this song breaks my heart.
    FrisbeeGirlon September 03, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionI'm just so sorry for everyone who identifies with this song and ends up here...there's no need for an "explanation", it's pretty explicit.

    I just want to say that someone loves you I guess and it's not who you want, but you're still important.
    WeSpokeAboutIton September 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI've read several interviews in which Neko Case has stated she is not close with her parents. I don't know the specifics, but I can't help but to wonder if this song has some autobiographical context to it. I think she so deeply feels for this girl because in some way she identifies with that girl - the last chorus of the song she speaks to her as if from experience, from someone who has been in that girl's shoes and is looking back.

    The lines:
    When you say, "My mother, she did not love me.
    My mother, she did not love me"

    I think could also work with the quotes moved as follows:
    When you say, "My mother, she did not love me."
    My mother, she did not love me

    With the repeat of "my mother, she did not love me" being a very direct autobiographical statement, and I think her delivery of this line in the song sounds like a lament instead of statement.

    I also wonder if the kid at the end of the side is both the girl at the bus stop and the little girl that Neko Case once was, so it works on both the level of having her love extended to the little girl at the bus stop and to who she was at that age and is now advising the girl at the bus stop based on her own experiences.

    Nonetheless, this is one of the most affecting songs on the album - sad and moving and unfortunately relevant.
    Shoegazer80on October 22, 2013   Link

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