Rain falls hard
Burns dry
A dream
Or a song
That hits you so hard
Filling you up
And suddenly gone

Breath Feel Love
Give Free
Know in you soul
Like your blood knows the way
From you heart to your brain
Know that you're whole

And you're shining
Like the brightest star
A transmission
On the midnight radio
And you're spinning
Like a 45
Ballerina
Dancing to your rock and roll

Here's to Patti
And Tina
And Yoko
Aretha
And Nona
And Nico
And me

And all the strange rock and rollers
You know you're doing all right
So hold on to each other
You gotta hold on tonight

And you're shining
Like the brightest stars
A transmission
On the midnight radio

And you're spinning
Your new 45's
All the misfits and the losers
Yeah, you know you're rock and rollers
Spinning to your rock and roll

Lift up your hands


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Midnight Radio song meanings
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    General CommentMusic that moves you
    and the desire to just to lost in the moment
    To forget all the ugly in your life
    and believe in the redemption that only you can off yourself
    that what this song offers me.

    A great song for a the end of a great play and great moive.
    lovechildon February 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is a fantastic ending to the movie. I think it's so raw at the beginning and then builds up that you end up sucked into it.
    turpentineon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, is about the fleeting thrills and glory of "ecstatic events" in one's life, be it becoming a rock star, playing a new record for the first time, winning a contest, or findng a perfect lover. "MR" is a classic "Rock & Roll Anthem" for those of us that are, as Hedwig so eloquently states, "the misfits and the losers"...

    Thie pace and tempo of this songare as important to the meaning as the lyrics. "MR" starts out slow and brooding, like that uneasy moment of anticipation before stepping out onto a stage, or that hesitant second before piercing the cellophane on a new LP (does anyone other than me even buy vinyl anymore?).

    Then the pace picks up a bit at the first chorus, and a hint of the "anthem" nature of this song starts to become apparent in the climing scales and soaring sustains.

    Then the "Here's to" verse, really belts it out in true "anthem" spirit, ending with Hedwig practically growling out the work "tonight". And the "Yea, you know" harmony line is one of those rare musical moments that sends shivers down my back every time I hear it. This build to the climax of this song is, of course, representative of that glorious moment when those ecstatic events in one's life are peaking--the house lights come up to a roaring crowd, that first passionate kiss, the moment when the needle first drops in the groove of a new record and those first notes come from the speakers...

    And of course the finale' "Lift up your hands" repeating over and over again, is the traling end of those ecstatic events, when the adrenaline rush is starting to taper off. The song gets louder, and then, although it still tingles with energy and power, it slowly fades out.

    Just like "real life... :)

    --Kalligraphos
    Kalligraphoson May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf I ever run for political office, this would be the song I'd play before coming on stage (after getting permission of course).

    I've always seen this song as the final transformation of both Hedwig and Yatzhik... whatever your take on it is, it's by far one of the best songs of the play/film !!!

    I may be a little biased as I'm a Nico and always get a kick hearing my name called out ;-)
    grenon August 04, 2017   Link

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