In the Midnight Hour
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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I′m Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
That's When My Love
Comes Tumblin′ Down
I'm Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
When There's no one else around.
I′m gonna take You, Girl and hold You
And do all the things I told You
In The Midnight Hour.

I′m Gonna Wait 'til the stars come out
And see that twinkle in Your Eyes
I′m Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
That's When My Love begins to shine
You′re the only Girl I know
That Really Loves Me So
In The Midnight Hour
In The Midnight Hour.

I'm Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
That′s When My Love
Comes Tumblin' Down
I'm Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
That′s when My Love begins to shine
Just You And I...



Just You And I...
Nobody around, Baby, Just You And I.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Martha Reeves & The Vandellas's song "In the Midnight Hour" describe the singer’s plan to wait until midnight to be with their lover. They express their eagerness to take their lover in their arms and do all the things they promised. The singer is certain of their lover’s affection and in the midnight hour, they will be the only two people in the world. The lyrics evoke a sense of intimacy and passion as the singer expresses their love.


The repetition of the phrase "I'm Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour" emphasizes the singer's devotion to their lover and creates a sense of anticipation for the listener. The choice of the midnight hour as the time for their rendezvous conveys a sense of secrecy and suggests that their love is forbidden. The final line, "nobody around, Baby, just you and I," reinforces the idea of a private, forbidden love.


Overall, the lyrics to "In the Midnight Hour" are a declaration of love that evokes a sense of passion, intimacy, and secrecy. The singer's desire to be with their lover suggests that their love is forbidden, and the midnight hour serves as a symbol of secrecy and of the intense passion between the two lovers.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour
I will hold off on expressing my love until the midnight hour


That's When My Love Comes Tumblin′ Down
At midnight, my love will be freely expressed


When There's no one else around.
I will wait until there is complete privacy


I′m gonna take You, Girl and hold You And do all the things I told You In The Midnight Hour.
During this time, I will take you in my arms and do all the things I promised


I′m Gonna Wait 'til the stars come out And see that twinkle in Your Eyes I′m Gonna Wait Til The Midnight Hour That's When My Love begins to shine
I will wait until the starry night when your eyes twinkle and my love can truly shine


You′re the only Girl I know That Really Loves Me So In The Midnight Hour In The Midnight Hour.
You are the only one who truly loves me, and this love is confirmed in the midnight hour


Just You And I... Just You And I... Nobody around, Baby, Just You And I.
It will just be the two of us with complete privacy, only focused on each other




Writer(s): Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett

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