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QuarterPastMidnight
Bastille
Writer(s) Dan Smith
Length 03:21

Quarter Past Midnight is a Bastille single released on May 9th, 2018.

Background

The song was found registered on the website of Universal Music Group, along with the release date. Before after the discovery, Dan Smith posted five pictures from the ReOrchestrated Tour, each with digital clocks photoshopped into the background, counting from '00:01' to '00:05' in each picture. A short while later, he again posted some pictures, this time counting from '00:01' to '00:15', with one picture per minute from 12:01 in London time to 12:15. 00:15 would indicate the time was a quarter past midnight. When the pictures and time reached a quarter past midnight, the layout of his Twitter changed to be covered with the clock saying '00:15'. A few days later, the news came out that Dan would be co-hosting on a BBC Radio 1 show on May 7th and May 8th, two days before the rumored release of Quarter Past Midnight. Dan officially announced this on his Instagram story on May 5th, saying they would be "playing some songs, talking about music, and stuff." On May 4th, the Bastille website was updated to show a US phone number and a UK phone number, along with a countdown to May 9th. Upon calling either number, callers would hear Dan say that he couldn't come to the phone, along with an unknown song clip, supposedly Quarter Past Midnight, which was also posted on his Twitter the same day. Callers would then be given the opportunity to leave a message for Dan, though it is unknown if Dan actually receives the messages.

Lyrics

It's a quarter past midnight
As we cut through the city
Yeah yeah yeah
The streets are getting restless
Good times bad decisions
Yeah yeah yeah

It's a quarter past midnight
And the sirens are mending some hearts
But we're the losers on the back seats
And your love will tear us apart

It's a quarter past midnight
Still we're fighting tomorrow
It's a quarter past midnight
But we're just getting going

We keep on running
Running through a red light
Like we're trying to burn the night away
Away oh away

This is my favorite part oh
Help me piece it all together darling
Before it falls apart oh
Help me piece it all together

It's a quarter past midnight
And the speakers are blowing
Yeah yeah
We want the bodies on the billboards
Not the lives underneath them
Yeah yeah yeah

And now we're crawling up the walls again
And its a quarter past the world
And you said we'd leave this place in dust
And fall from heaven straight through hell

We never know what we have
We never knew what we had

We keep on running
Running through a red light
Like we're trying to burn the night away
Away oh away

Why are we always chasing after something
Like we trying to throw our lives away
Away oh away

This is my favorite part oh
Help me piece it all together darling
Before it falls apart oh
Help me piece it all together

I can't remember
I can't remember
I can't remember
I can't remember

It's a quarter past midnight
And the secrets are flowing
Our lips are getting looser
I don't know what I'm saying
We never knew what we had
I never know what I've had

We keep on running
Running through a red light
Like we're trying to burn the night away
Away oh away

Why are we always chasing after something
Like we trying to throw our lives away
Away oh away

This is my favorite part so
Help me piece it all together darling
Before it falls apart
Help me piece it all together

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