'round Midnight
Julie London Lyrics


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It begins to tell,
'Round midnight, midnight.
I do pretty well, till after sundown,
Suppertime I'm feelin' sad;
But it really gets bad,
'Round midnight.

Memories always start 'round midnight
Haven't got the heart to stand those memories,
When my heart is still with you,
And ol' midnight knows it, too.
When a quarrel we had needs mending,
Does it mean that our love is ending.
Darlin' I need you, lately I find
You're out of my heart,
And I'm out of my mind.

Let our hearts take wings'
'Round midnight, midnight
Let the angels sing,
For your returning.
Till our love is safe and sound.
And old midnight comes around.
Feelin' sad,




Really gets bad
Round, Round, Round Midnight

Overall Meaning

In 'Round Midnight, Julie London portrays a melancholic state that arises every midnight. She states her emotions begin to unfold around midnight when the memories of the past come flooding back to her. She can't bear the recollection of heartbreak, and every day seems to be a constant reminder that she is no longer with someone she once loved. Even minutes before midnight, she feels okay, but as soon as it strikes, Julie finds herself engulfed with intense feelings of sorrow, manifesting as sadness and regret.


She can’t shake the nostalgia that arises from looking back, and she wonders if the moment is a signal that signals an end to her love. Julie London's beautiful and emotional delivery serves to capture the listener's heart to give them a glimpse of the bitterness she feels. But she doesn't give up hope of rekindling the love flame that once burned bright with her lost love. Instead, she wishes her love could join her again so they could spend the night together as they used to, and they could once again soar together.


Line by Line Meaning

It begins to tell, 'Round midnight, midnight.
As the clock strikes twelve at night, I feel that something eerie or strange is about to happen.


I do pretty well, till after sundown, Suppertime I'm feelin' sad;
Throughout the day, I cope up well with my melancholic state but the feeling of sadness starts to intensify as the day ends, especially during dinner time.


But it really gets bad, 'Round midnight.
My sadness becomes unbearable during midnight because it triggers memories of you.


Memories always start 'round midnight Haven't got the heart to stand those memories,
My mind starts to replay our memories together every midnight and I find it hard to endure the flood of emotions that come with it.


When my heart is still with you, And ol' midnight knows it, too.
Even though you're no longer with me, I can still feel your presence in my heart, and midnight serves as a reminder of that feeling.


When a quarrel we had needs mending, Does it mean that our love is ending.
I am uncertain whether mending our quarrels can still save our love, or if it's already nearing its end.


Darlin' I need you, lately I find You're out of my heart, And I'm out of my mind.
I still long for you, but I feel that you're gradually fading from my heart, and it's driving me crazy.


Let our hearts take wings' 'Round midnight, midnight Let the angels sing, For your returning.
I hope that someday soon, our love would rekindle and flourish once again, and it would happen at midnight when our hearts wake up.


Till our love is safe and sound. And old midnight comes around.
I will wait for the time when we would be able to fix what's been broken between us, and it would happen at midnight.


Feelin' sad, Really gets bad Round, Round, Round Midnight
The memories and emotions that come with midnight always make me sad, and it feels like a never-ending cycle that keeps repeating itself.




Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Cootie Williams, Bernard D Hanighen, Theolonious S Monk

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@MrValerioTambone

It begins to tell
'Round midnight, midnight
I do pretty well, till after sundown
Suppertime I'm feelin' sad
But it really gets bad
'Round midnight
Memories always start 'round midnight
Haven't got the heart to stand those memories
When my heart is still with you
And ol' midnight knows it, too
When a quarrel we had needs mending
Does it mean that our love is ending
Darlin' I need you, lately I find
You're out of my heart
And I'm out of my mind
Let our hearts take wings'
'Round midnight, midnight
Let the angels sing
For your returning
Till our love is safe and sound
And old midnight comes around
Feelin' sad
Really gets bad
Round, Round, Round Midnight



@lindacolibri4167

It begins to tell,
'Round midnight, midnight.
I do pretty well, till after sundown,
Suppertime I'm feelin' sad;
But it really gets bad,
'Round midnight.

Memories always start 'round midnight
Haven't got the heart to stand those memories,
When my heart is still with you,
And ol' midnight knows it, too.
When a quarrel we had needs mending,
Does it mean that our love is ending.
Darlin' I need you, lately I find
You're out of my heart,
And I'm out of my mind.

Let our hearts take wings'
'Round midnight, midnight
Let the angels sing,
For your returning.
Till our love is safe and sound.
And old midnight comes around.
Feelin' sad,
Really gets bad
Round, Round, Round Midnight

It begins to tell,
'Round midnight, midnight.
I do pretty well, till after sundown,
Suppertime I'm feelin' sad;
But it really gets bad,
'Round midnight.

Memories always start 'round midnight
Haven't got the heart to stand those memories,
When my heart is still with you,
And ol' midnight knows it, too.
When a quarrel we had needs mending,
Does it mean that our love is ending.
Darlin' I need you, lately I find
You're out of my heart,
And I'm out of my mind.

Let our hearts take wings'
'Round midnight, midnight
Let the angels sing,
For your returning.
Till our love is safe and sound.
And old midnight comes around.
Feelin' sad,
Really gets bad
Round, Round, Round Midnight



@maloney1953

The music plays in my head as i walk through the dark streets,
the humidity laying against my skin, ....
Somewhere in the distance a cat screams, a dog barks, trashcans fall and rattle down the alley.
Noone around except junkies and hookers and an occasional drunk that stumbles across the road trying to bum a dollar.
The black limo rolls by and slows so as to see who i am,
making sure i'm not a cop as he continues on his way.
The dealers whisper from the doorways, trying to sell their dope.
Once this city was bright.
Once this city was beautiful.
Families are gone now.
Its dark and dirty in the city now.
The music plays in my head as I walk through the dark streets....



All comments from YouTube:

@phaedracollins6051

For me this is the most magical version of this great classic. Her voice is so dreamy it just transports you to another dimension and the orchestration is just perfection.

@JohnSmith-fc1yj

Sheer class ... something we seem to have lost along the way. A 1940's/50's evening, dry martinis and a beautiful lady singing songs with magical lyrics.

@Hunter-si5bg

John Smith agreed

@JohnSmith-us2jx

Hunter Neller, nice to know I'm not in a majority of One.

@JohnSmith-us2jx

Hunter, I'm sure we've got a few thousand like minds out there somewhere!!!!

@starfishk4992

Something Cool/. Julie London https://youtu.be/tSmA_a3mWOY

@jamesoswald2648

Beautiful...absolutely beautiful. Words can't even begin to describe the emotion this makes one feel. Julia London. Truly one of the greatest.

@superlune960

Love her and her deep seductive voice, excellent album.

@MrValerioTambone

It begins to tell
'Round midnight, midnight
I do pretty well, till after sundown
Suppertime I'm feelin' sad
But it really gets bad
'Round midnight
Memories always start 'round midnight
Haven't got the heart to stand those memories
When my heart is still with you
And ol' midnight knows it, too
When a quarrel we had needs mending
Does it mean that our love is ending
Darlin' I need you, lately I find
You're out of my heart
And I'm out of my mind
Let our hearts take wings'
'Round midnight, midnight
Let the angels sing
For your returning
Till our love is safe and sound
And old midnight comes around
Feelin' sad
Really gets bad
Round, Round, Round Midnight

@francetogo794

Beautiful, why i cry each time i hear this song

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