Grew Up at Midnight
The Maccabees Lyrics


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Outside of the window
I was sticking with you
We were only kids then
We’d get soaked right through

We used to tell them
I was staying at yours
Sheltered in our own worlds
We’d watch the rain right through

We grew up at midnight
We were only kids then

Loving woman loving man
Here for you doing the best we can
Hard to figure hard to bare
Hard to think knowing how much you care

It’s the strangest thing through thick and thin
All this time kept the promise you made
If you’re telling I’ll be told
I’ll come running and be there as soon as I can

Outside of the window
I was sticking with you
We were only kids then
I was staying at yours
Sheltered in our own worlds

We’d watch the rain right through
We grew up at midnight
We were only kids then
We grew up at midnight




We were only kids then
But that night we knew

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Maccabees's song Grew Up At Midnight are about growing up together with someone and always being there for each other through thick and thin, even when it's hard. The narrating persona looks back on their childhood, when they and someone else used to hang out at night and watch the rain. The two of them were just kids then, but they grew up together, learning from each other and going through all of life's ups and downs together.


The phrase "we grew up at midnight" is particularly poignant, as it indicates that their bond was so strong that they matured and learned about life in the dark, without the guidance of parents or any other adult figures. They were there for each other through the hard times, like when it was "hard to think knowing how much you care", and it seems like their understanding of each other and their shared experiences helped them both through.


In the end, the message of the song is one of being there for someone else, and the deep appreciation that comes from going through all of life's difficulties together. The narrating persona promises to always be there for the other person, no matter what: "If you’re telling I’ll be told / I’ll come running and be there as soon as I can". It's a beautiful, touching song that captures the essence of true friendship and the power of shared experiences.


Line by Line Meaning

Outside of the window
Looking out the window


I was sticking with you
I was with you


We were only kids then
We were very young at that time


We’d get soaked right through
We would get drenched in the rain


We used to tell them
We used to inform others


I was staying at yours
I was staying at your place


Sheltered in our own worlds
Protected in our own little bubbles


We’d watch the rain right through
We would watch the rain for a long time


We grew up at midnight
We matured and grew up during the late hours of the night


Loving woman loving man
A love between a woman and a man


Here for you doing the best we can
We are here for you doing our best


Hard to figure hard to bare
Difficult to comprehend, difficult to endure


Hard to think knowing how much you care
It's difficult to think knowing how much you care


It’s the strangest thing through thick and thin
It's the weirdest thing to see how things have remained constant through tough times


All this time kept the promise you made
Throughout all this time, you kept your promise


If you’re telling I’ll be told
If someone is informing you, then I'll be informed too


I’ll come running and be there as soon as I can
I'll come quickly and be there as soon as possible


But that night we knew
On that night, we understood that important thing




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Written by: Felix White, Hugo White, Orlando Weeks, Rupert Jarvis Shepherd, Sam Doyle

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