The song, written da the band with producer Jon Hopkins, was originally recorded da the band for their sixth studio album Ghost Stories. It appears as the fifth track on the album.
"Midnight" was built over an previously unreleased original track produced da Jon Hopkins in 2003. The track, named "Amphora", was never completed da Hopkins and was partly released da ambient/electronic Musica blog A Strangely Isolated Place on SoundCloud in early 2012, as part of their playlist "ASIP - 1.00.00". The song also incorporates elements from a Jon Hopkins recording titled da Hopkins as "The Fourth State II", a reproduction of his 2008 extended play The Fourth Estate.


In the darkness before the dawn
In the swirling of this storm
When I'm rolling with the punches
And hope is gone
Leave a light, a light on

Millions of miles from home
In the swirling, swimming on
When I'm rolling with the thunder
But bleed from thorns
Leave a light, a light on

Leave a light, a light on

In the darkness before the dawn
In the darkness before the dawn
Leave a light, a light on
Leave a light, a light on