Lyrics: Midnight


Midnight it’s raining outside he must be soaking wet
Everyone is sleeping tight God knows I tried my best
Darling you know it looks bad
Just lost the best thing that I ever had
Still I don’t know why I did him wrong
It’s too late now he’s gone to say

Baby oh no, can’t leave me now
Said think about it please
‘Cos I love you and I need you
And I should have thought of that before I did you wrong

Heartache, heartache yeah
When I saw his face I could see how bad I’d let him down
Cheating when he was working hard, I just had to mess around
I knew from the start he ain’t got much money
I should have stayed content with all that good sweet honey
He’s a good strong man and I love him so
So how on earth can I let him go


And now it’s midnight it’s raining outside
And I’m soaking wet, still looking for that man of mine
And I ain’t found him yet
Well all of this rain can wash away my tears
But nothing can replace all of those wasted years
In all of this I tell you I have learnt
Playing with fire gets you burnt
And I’m still burning


You say you’ll lose your pride
Well don’t you know dear, don’t you know
I’ll lose so much more if you go now
Oh no…

[credit: Moyet]

Note: ‘Midnight’ is almost a Cole Porter song, Alison Moyet’s voice steeped in melancholy, accompanied by sparse instruments. A woman cheating her husband and now he’s left her – that theme sure has been covered before.

The lyrics of ‘Midnight’ have a nice build up, though, introducing the man outside in the rain and the woman musing a still unknown wrong in the first verse. The second verse throws light on the reason of their separation, the woman’s infidelity and her regrets. The third verse finds the woman in the rain as well, still regretting.

That third verse already preludes (‘nothing can replace all of those wasted years’) to the final lines, where the woman concedes that his loss, should he come back, will be so much smaller than hers when he doesn’t. Her regrets seem to be more self pity than apology.

Video on Youtube (live BBC, 1982)