Midnight (Never Lets You Down)

“Midnight (Never Lets You Down)” written by Rod Temperton specifically for Karen Carpenter while he was staying in Phil Ramone’s guest house during the time of the recording and production of Karen’s solo album. At this same time Karen was living in Phil’s main house therefore Rod and Karen were seeing each other on a daily basis. Rod came to know Karen very well and was able to write songs for her that fit her personality and mood at that specific time in her life. “Midnight” reflects the smokey and dark jazz side of Karen’s voice and musical interests.

It’s hard to pinpoint the musicians that worked on this song but my guess would be that Rod composed both the musical and vocal arrangements for the song as arrangements were one of his specialties plus he did do the arrangements for the other two songs he wrote; “Lovelines” and “If We Try.”

Lyrics
Midnight (Never Lets You Down)

Used to spend my evenings
Waiting for the sun in the morning
Frightened by the dark
I would always leave the lights on to sleep
But darling, I’ve left all that behind
And nowadays I find

That midnight on
It’s a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don’t need to be blue
Lovin’ you

Just a simple girl
But I always seat the world on my shoulder
Life and all its worries
Come tumblin’ down on me
From above
But baby
When evening starts to fall
I forget them all

Cause midnight never lets you down
There’s a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And when midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don’t need to be blue
Lovin’ you

Hold me warm inside your love
Don’t ever let me go
Cause we can ride a dream until tomorrow
And drift upon a star into the sky, tonight

Darlin’ I’ve left all that behind
And nowadays I find

That midnight on
It’s a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don’t need to be blue
Lovin’ you

Cause midnight never lets you down
There’s a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And when midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don’t need to be blue
Lovin’ you

Lyrics written by Rod Temperton

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