Song Lyric Sunday — Wilson Pickett “In The Midnight Hour”

When I was in high school, the Catholic parishes held dances on Friday nights. I think they alternated weeks among St. Bridget’s, St. Gabriel’s, and St. Mary’s. Freshman and sophomore years, even into junior year, the Friday night parish dance was THE place to be, partly because we didn’t yet have drivers’ licenses and had to rely on parents to get us there. In my case, the Friday night dance was just about the only place my parents allowed me to go at night, foolishly thinking a Catholic dance was the safest place for a young Catholic girl.

Anyway, this week’s Song Lyric Sunday “Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal” theme got me nostalgic for those dances, because every Friday, no matter which parish was hosting or which band was playing, we knew the night was just about over when we heard the first chords of Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour.”

 

 

In The Midnight Hour

I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour
That’s when my love come tumbling down
I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour
When there’ no one else around
I’m gonna take you, girl, and hold you
And do all things I told you, in the midnight hour

Yes I am, oh yes I am
One thing I just wanna say, right here

I’m gonna wait till the stars come out
And see that twinkle in your eyes
I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour
That’s when my love begins to shine

You’re the only girl I know
Can really love me so, in the midnight hour

Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Yeah, all right, play it for me one time, now

I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour
That’s when my love come tumbling down
I’m gonna wait, way in the midnight hour
That’s when my love begin to shine, just you and I
Oh, baby, just you and I
Nobody around, baby, just you and I
Oh, right, you know what?
I’m gonna hold you in my arms, just you and I
Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Oh, baby, in the midnight hour

Writer/s: WILSON PICKETT, STEVE CROPPER 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Wilson Pickett “In The Midnight Hour”

  1. I wonder what went on at those Catholic school dances. I went to public High School, but a good friend of mine named Ed went to Catholic School and he went to all these crazy parties with girls and drugs, so I think that the Catholic schools may have been more wild than the public schools.

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  2. I didn’t find out about the Catholic school dances until much, much later, even though I went to Catholic grammar school! I think I was just so glad to be in a public school that I didn’t want to go back to the Catholic school for any reason. I’m pretty sure I missed out on some great dances. I know that there were several relationships started there. Good song.

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  3. There was a Catholic girls’ high school near where I lived in Chicago, and they had a dance about once a month. I was usually the only one from my 8th grade graduating class to go, and I don’t know why: they were always fun and I met some nice girls there. Good pick!

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