“Sometime Around Midnight”

Since I was at school, my brother had four years to catch up on the driving I previously commandeered, and so a lot of my CD mixes have been replaced with mixes of his own. Luckily his taste in music has far improved in recent years, and every now and then I find a song I really like.

In particular, I came across a song I hadn’t heard in ages, the kind that, for whatever reason, still makes you stop and listen like it’s the first time all over again:

“Sometime Around Midnight” by The Airborne Toxic Event

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 soundcheck 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 cross
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 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
You don’t 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

You know that she’ll break you in two


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