About Midnight

"Midnight" is a song by British rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, with production assistance from Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, and co-production from Jon Hopkins. A music video for the Ghost Stories track was released on 25 February 2014 as a teaser for the then-unannounced sixth studio album. A promotional "Midnight" 7-inch vinyl single was pressed by Parlophone for Record Store Day 2014. The single, featuring the track on a single side of the record, was released on 17 April 2014, becoming the second music release by the band in promotion of Ghost Stories. A live version of the song, recorded and filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, was included in the Ghost Stories Live 2014. 


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In the darkness before the dawn
In the swirling of this storm
When I'm rolling with the punches and hope is gone
Leave a light, a light on

Millions of miles from home
In the swirling swimming on
When I'm rolling with the thunder but bleed from thorns
Leave a light, a light on
Leave a light, a light on

Leave a light, a light on
Leave a light, a light on

In the darkness before the dawn
In the darkness before the dawn
Leave a light, a light on
Leave a light, a light on

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Coldplay are a British Alternative Rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish.Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999 and The Blue Room in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. more »

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Written by: Jon Hopkins, Christopher Anthony Martin, William Champion, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Bluewater Music Corp., Downtown Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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15 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Midnight" falls under the genre of ambient, electronica, and alternative rock.
Album Inclusion
The song is from the album "Ghost Stories," the sixth studio album by Coldplay, released in 2014.
Song Inspiration
Band member Chris Martin was reportedly inspired by Bon Iver's ambient music when crafting "Midnight."
Unique Release
"Midnight" debuted unexpectedly in February 2014 as a surprise release without any prior announcement.
Video Director
The official music video for "Midnight" was directed by Mary Wigmore, a close friend of Chris Martin.
Recording Technique
The song uses a vocoder, a technological tool that can change the tone and sound of a voice, thereby creating the unique sound heard in "Midnight".
Chart Performance
"Midnight" peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and number 29 on the US Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs.
Video Aesthetic
The accompanying music video is shot entirely in night vision, adding to the ethereal, dreamlike quality of the song.
Live Performance
The band typically performs "Midnight" live using laser instals and LED wristbands to create a visual spectacle that complements the atmospheric quality of the song.
Song Length
"Midnight" is one of Coldplay's longest songs, clocking in at almost five minutes long.
Song Themes
"Midnight" presents themes of forgiveness and letting go, exemplified in the lyric "leave a light on.”
Despite its divergence from Coldplay's typical sound, "Midnight" received mainly positive reviews from music critics for its experimental nature.
The song has been remixed by several artists, including Giorgio Moroder, an Italian producer and DJ regarded as the "Father of Disco."
"Midnight" was produced by Jon Hopkins, a British producer and musician known for his work in the electronic music genre.
The song was recorded in 'The Bakery and The Beehive', the band's primary recording studios in London.

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