Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark
At night the city grows
Look at the horizon glow

Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark

Drinking in the lounge
Following the neon signs

Waiting for a word
Looking at the milky skyline
The city is my church
It wraps me in its blinding twilight

Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark
Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark
Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark
Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark
Waiting in the car
Waiting for the ride in the dark


Lyrics submitted by ultragrin, edited by danamore, LunarLove, trvrplk, Jachrach, biohzrd

Midnight City Lyrics as written by Anthony Gerard Gonzalez, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Morgan Grace Kibby

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +19
    General Comment

    From the cd booklet:

    Waiting in the car Waiting for a ride At night the city grows Look at the horizon glow

    Waiting in the car Waiting for a ride in the dark Drinking in the lights Following the neon signs

    Waiting for a word Looking at the milky skyline The city is my church It wraps me in its blinding twilight

    Waiting in the car Waiting for a ride in the dark

    Juanjo25on October 19, 2011   Link
  • +17
    General Comment

    I think that anyone who finds sanctuary in the city at night will know what M83 are trying to get across. There is a way, a feeling. It is peace, melancholy, reflection, joy, despair, nostalgia, anticipation. It is the ultimate time and place to look within yourself, and anything can happen.

    nickbensonon March 05, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    i feel as if when he says "the city is my church" he means that he lives by the city; its his way of life. it's probably his escape from reality/life, and he's faithful that it will bring him some sort of peace of mind, as a church would do all the above to someone religious.

    alltimeblowon December 20, 2011   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correction

    The Trentemoller remix reveals much more: youtube.com/watch

    Here's my take:

    Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark. The night city grows Look and see the ___ glow

    Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark Drinking in love (or a lounge) Following the neon signs

    Waiting for a roar Looking at the milky skyline The city is my church He wraps me in a blinding twilight

    vinnie97on September 28, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    I think the song is talking about night life and how he enjoys it.

    "Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark." Probably how he's waiting for it to become night time so he can go to his favorite places.

    "At night the city grows Look at the horizon glow" How people emerge from where they are to come and enjoy the nightlife, and the horizon glowing is the lights of the city.

    "Drinking in the lights Following the neon signs" Gazing at the bright lights, reading the signs of each place.

    "The city is my church" He goes out at night religiously.

    I don't know, but that's what it seems like to me.

    Breetasticon December 02, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My Opinion

    I personally think that this is a song about being alone driving in a car at night just thinking about your life and what you can make of it. Kind of like how we zone out driving in a car at night

    gabepowerson January 11, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction

    waiting in the car waiting for a ride to the club the night city grows ?

    waiting in the car waiting for a ride to the club drinking in the lounge following the neon signs

    waiting for a roar looking at the mutating skyline the city is my church it wraps me in the sparkling twilight

    waiting in the car waiting for the right time

    obscuraaon August 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    This is the actual lyrics for the song.Listen and you will see that this is what Gonzalez is really saying.

    Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark The night city grows Look and see her eyes,they glow

    Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark Drinking in the lounge Following the neon signs Waiting for a ride Looking at the mutating skyline The city is my church It wraps me in the sparkling twilight

    Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark(x4)

    PrinceDreyon February 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Could 'tour' possibly be 'dark'?

    OrBoy123on August 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    UGH BEST SONG ON THIS ALBUM

    st hannahon October 14, 2011   Link

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