Midnight
The Book Of Knots Lyrics


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I work the mill
The same as my father and my brothers, too
My mother works there
She has ever since she left school
But today they all got let go
I guess I'll have to keep this job

Tonight
I looked at the stars burning bright
An empty house
A lot like ours
And never more

And I'll let go
With nothing left to show
What once slept hard
Will come down
At midnight

People above us don't come up this river no more
This town is like a stone
We haven't seen the sun for days
And I'm here working on my own
And I wish I could leave

But tonight,
Under the stars
The building's burning bright
A heavy hope
That once was ours
And nevermore

But I'll let go
With nothing left to show
What once slept hard
Will come down
At midnight

But tonight
We'll pull it away
The stars'll be burning bright
Nothing more
But this house
Will tell the story

And I'll let go with nothing left to show
What once slept hard
Will come down
At midnight





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Overall Meaning

, this song by The Book Of Knots, titled "Midnight," tells a story of a hardworking family who all work at the mill, including the singer's mother who has worked there since leaving school. The song opens with the family facing a sudden twist of fate as everyone was let go from their mill job except the singer who must now find a way to keep the job. As loneliness and uncertainty sets in, the singer sits outside and looks at the stars burning bright, reminiscing about how his house is like an empty one with "nothing left to show."


The lyrics are laden with sadness and despair, as the singer reveals how the town is like a stone and how they haven't seen the sun for days, painting a picture of a desolate and forgotten society. The once vibrant town has now become an empty vessel, and the singer wishes he could leave it. However, hope emerges from the ashes as the building burns bright under the stars, bringing with it a heavy hope that once existed but has now disappeared.


In the end, the singer decides to let go with nothing left to show, confident that what once was hard will come down at midnight. The song is a reminder that life can be uncertain, and one can find themselves in a situation beyond their control. Nevertheless, hope can be found amidst the ashes, and they must hold on to that hope to move forward.


Line by Line Meaning

I work the mill
Just like my father, and my siblings too, I work at the factory.


The same as my father and my brothers, too
My dad and brothers also work with me, doing the same job day in and day out.


My mother works there
My mother has also been working at the factory ever since her school days.


She has ever since she left school
My mother has been a part of the factory workforce since she finished school.


But today they all got let go
Today, all of them were laid off from their jobs, leaving me as the only breadwinner in the family.


I guess I'll have to keep this job
Since my family depends on me, I have no choice but to keep working here.


Tonight
At nightfall,


I looked at the stars burning bright
I gazed up at the twinkling stars in the sky.


An empty house
My home where everyone except me has lost their jobs.


A lot like ours
I saw a house similar to ours, empty and desolate.


And never more
It will never be the same as it was.


And I'll let go
I'll release my grip on everything.


With nothing left to show
I'm left with nothing to declare as my own.


What once slept hard
Something that was once deeply embedded.


Will come down
Will fall and crumble.


At midnight
At the witching hour.


People above us don't come up this river no more
Tourists no longer frequent the river nearby.


This town is like a stone
This place feels like it will never change, stuck in time.


We haven't seen the sun for days
The sun has been obscured by clouds for a while now.


And I'm here working on my own
I'm alone, working hard without much support.


And I wish I could leave
I long to escape from this place, but can't due to my responsibilities.


But tonight,
But on this particular night,


Under the stars
Gazing at the same stars as before,


The building's burning bright
The factory is ablaze and can be seen from afar.


A heavy hope
A sense of longing.


That once was ours
Something that was once within our grasp.


And nevermore
We'll never recapture it again.


But I'll let go
I'll loosen my grip on everything I once held dear.


With nothing left to show
I have nothing to prove, nothing to display.


What once slept hard
Something that used to be dormant.


Will come down
Will disintegrate or collapse.


At midnight
When darkness is at its utmost.


But tonight
On this night,


We'll pull it away
We will try to remove the pain and struggle.


The stars'll be burning bright
The stars will light up the sky.


Nothing more
Nothing else will matter, as long as we can catch a glimpse of hope.


But this house
This house will bear witness to our struggles.


Will tell the story
It will show how much hardship we have overcome and how far we've come.


And I'll let go with nothing left to show
I'll release my hold on everything I used to possess.


What once slept hard
Something that was once buried deep, within my soul.


Will come down
Will crumble to the ground.


At midnight
In the middle of the darkest hour.


Oh
An expression of despair.




Lyrics © Ultra Tunes, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BYRON BURKE, BYRON STINGILY, C. JACKSON, HERB LAWSON, ORBERT DAVIS

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