Last Train

Last Train1) is a song by The Midnight. It is the fifteenth and final track from their album Monsters.

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The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. The guitar on Last Train was performed by Izzy Fontaine. It has a running time of four minutes and twenty-two seconds and is in the key of F major.

During an interview with Magnetic Magazine, the band commented on Last Train:2)


Tim: Very similar to “Brooklyn” in that it needed less production and the song needed to be front and center. No flashy synth or solos to take the focus away from Tyler’s voice and the story being told. It was Tyler’s idea to end the song with the line “we are all one beating heart.” Perfect.

Tyler: There’s a dark/light symmetry to the record, and last train was one of the last songs we wrote for MONSTERS. There seems to be a connection for me between the naiveté of “Prom Night” to the worn and weathered-ness of “Last Train.” Maybe they’re the same people? Maybe not, but I feel like “Last Train” moves us out of adolescence and prepares us for the setting of adulthood. “City Dreams” feels like the interlude that speeds up time, and suddenly, our protagonist is ten years in the future, but the same themes keep echoing back. Love still cuts like a wire. It’s no less of a risk, but the hope is that we grow, we learn how not to be totally overwhelmed by these feelings, but to embrace them. This song is a glimpse at the lessons learned in adolescence and the mystery that still survives into adulthood.

The top shelf tumbles
And the wall clocks run
Well scotch bottles and the soda guns
You missed the last train from the city tonight
Old friends see each other in a different different light

The alphabet city's
Dive bars drone
And two pilgrims seek a makeshift home
You missed the last train from the city tonight
Old friends see each other in a different different light
You missed the last train tonight

There is a song
Singing in the dark
Don’t get too close
Or it’ll tear you apart
There is a reason
For every season
Of the heart

There is a song
Singing in the fire
Don’t get too close
It cuts like wire
There is a reason
For every season
Of desire

The subway rumbles under union square
The morning finds an unlikely pair
Hotel lobby holding hands don’t blink don’t think don’t look in her eyes
Is this forever or is this goodbye

There is a song
Singing in the dark
Don’t get too close
Or it’ll tear you apart
There is a reason
For every season
Of heart

There is a song
Singing in the fire
Don’t get too close
It cuts like wire
There is a reason
For every season
Of desire

Half in light and half in dark is where we start
Half in light and half in dark is where we are
Half in light and half in dark is where we start
Half in light and half in dark is where we are

We are one beating heart

Lyrics source3)


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  • Last modified: 03/03/2021 15:31
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