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Elvis SongPedia: It's Midnight

It's Midnight




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Billy Edd Wheeler/ Jerry Chesnut

Recorded: December 10-11, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis
Released master is take 19.

Single: w/ "Promised Land", PB-10074, September 27, 1974
Also re-released as Gold Standard single, GB-10488, February 1976

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#9 on Billboard's Country Chart
#8 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart

1st LP release: - January 1975
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My Spin

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I was just becoming a fan in mid- to late-1974, so "It's Midnight" / "Promised Land" was the double-sided hit being played on the country stations not long after that, so it's one of the early "new hits" by Elvis that I remember. In the '70s, Elvis mastered the delivery of ballads like "It's Midnight", lonely plaintive verses with a haunting melody, culminating in a powerful chorus, complete with J.D. and the Stamps at full throttle.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


A fine orchestral arrangement also appears on "It's Midnight", but this is very different (comparing to "If You Talk In Your Sleep"). From the humid opening, with a gentle acoustic guitar, harmonica and a soft yet solid bass, the song builds dramatically. This is a serious song, and Presley's performance is full of foreboding and horror. This constitutes another remarkable performance which can plunge the listener into depression.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979





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"It's Midnight" Lyrics and Downloads

Maybe it's too late.
Sometimes even hate myself for loving you
Trying to be strong
Then nighttime comes along and I start wanting you
Wanting you
Where is all my self-control
I'm burning way down in my soul
And needing you
Wishing I could be the man I try to
Hating me for wanting to be with you
Knowing you don't love me like you used to
But it's midnight, Ohh and I miss you

It's getting late and I know that's when I am weak
Funny how things have a way of looking so much brighter in the daylight
I ought to go to bed to try and straighten out my head and just forget you
Oh but it's midnight, and I miss you

It's getting late and I know that's when I am weak
Funny how things have a way of looking so much brighter in the day light
I ought to go to bed to try and straighten out my head and just forget you
Oh but it's midnight, and I miss you

It's midnight and I miss you


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