The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Sometime Around Midnight

The Airborne Toxic EventFrom The Album The Airborne Toxic Event (2008, 2009)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett

Sometime Around Midnight

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 soundtrack to her smile in 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. You can smell her perfume. You can see her lying naked in your arms.

And so there’s a change in your emotions when 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.

Then she leaves with someone you don’t know. But she made 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 your friends say, “What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk under the streetlights. You’re too drunk to notice that everyone is staring at you. You just don’t care what you look like, the world is falling around you.

You just have to see her. You know that she’ll break you in two.

  1. Sean Dobson says:

    I don’t know if Mikel will get this comment but here it goes anyway…Hi Mikel, I really need to know how you came up with some lyrics in “Sometime Around Midnight”. The lines, “Like feral waves to your mind of the curl of your bodies like two perfect circles entwined…” The thing is, and this may sound freaky, but when I saw a girl that I wanted to be with, I would build an energy ball in my mind imagining that our bodies were spinning and intertwining and after I could not contain that energy anymore I would release it in that woman’s direction. I did this back in late 1990’s. Funny thing is it would actually work quite often. And then when I heard this song, I got the chills! I told you it was freaky. Just wanted to hear your thoughts on this one. Thanks, and thanks for such a great piece of art. Regards, Sean


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