Wave

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Wave[1] is a song by The Midnight. It is the second track from their album Kids.

Track info[edit | edit source]

The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. It has a running time of four minutes and thirty-one seconds and is in the key of F-sharp major.

Wave contains spoken word samples from two 1980s news reports about video games. The first is a 1982 report by Dixie Whatley and Ron Hendren from Entertainment This Week (now known as Entertainment Tonight),[2] and the second one is a 1981 report by Christopher Glenn from the former CBS program 30 Minutes.[3]

According to McEwan, the "I will keep dreaming" vocal bit heard after the chorus was made from an online voice generator with the notes manipulated.[4]

Demo version[edit | edit source]

An early demo of Wave was released as a prize during the Fall 2020 alternate reality game (ARG). Titled Wave Demo, it is a stripped-down, acoustic version of the song that has no instrumentation other than Tyler Lyle's vocals and guitar. This particular version of Wave was originally released under the name North Shore Wave as part of an episode from Lyle's From The Secret Lair podcast.[5] The notable difference here is a change in the lyrics of the first verse - instead of "We don't want our parent's china or their ticker tape parade", in this demo it is "We don't want our parent's china or their rosary to pray."

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

We are not a sentimental age
We don’t want our parent’s china or their ticker tape parade
We are not a sentimental age
We’re out getting high on fire escapes
We are hooking up with strangers we will never see again
We are not a sentimental age

But when I dream, we’re all melting together
Synchronized in a mass embrace
Beads of water folding together
Like a north shore wave
How strange
We’re parts of each other how strange
I’ll never even know your name

We are not a sentimental age
On our shoulders is a boulder of a debt we cannot pay
We are not a sentimental age
Diagnosis says I tend to disengage
I’d rather have my privacy, I’d rather have my space
These are just the pills I have to take
We are not a sentimental age

But when I dream, we’re all melting together
Synchronized in a mass embrace
Beads of water folding together
Like a north shore wave
How strange
We’re parts of each other how strange
I’ll never even know your name

Lyrics source[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Wave | The Midnight". Bandcamp. September 21, 2018. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  2. "Video Game History: ET 1982 on the "new fad" - YouTube". YouTube. November 13, 2008. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  3. "1981 SPECIAL REPORT: "VIDEO GAMES" - YouTube". YouTube. March 12, 2019. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  4. "We are The Midnight and we're playing Electric Forest for the first time. Ask us Anything! : ElectricForest". Reddit. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  5. "25. The Starter Home #1: The Car That Ate Downtown | Tyler Lyle". Bandcamp. January 15, 2018. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.