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"Night Mime" is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. It was originally written for Dollhouse, however, it didn't make the cut. It was later intended to be on Cry Baby, but it was scrapped once again. This song has been performed live to fans. Melanie has also mentioned it in a post on Facebook in 2014.

Leak History

  • January 25th, 2016 - An unfinished studio demo is leaked.

Theme

This song promptly talks about a relationship between two lovers. The narrator's partner isn't giving them enough attention and is metaphorically forgetting the narrator's name, hence the lyric: "Forget my name at midnight". The narrator endorses this behavior because they think of themselves as a mime; meant to be seen, not heard. The narrator can't speak or has a certain amount of trouble telling their friend/lover what they would like to say. They have insomnia, making them somewhat sleepless or causing them to have difficulty when sleeping.

Videos

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hold those bloodshot eyes
Dip them in Visine and lights
Forget my name at midnight
It's okay, I'm a mime

[Chorus]
I'm tongue-tied in the night time
Silent, sleepless 'til the sunrise
Claustrophobic with a night light, night light
I'll just wait here for the sunrise, creep and crawl back into my life
Until then I'll be a night mime, night mime

[Verse 2]
Stay up late with broken minds
No text from you but I'll be fine
I fall asleep with ocean eyes
I say no words like a midnight mime, mime, midnight mime

[Chorus]
I'm tongue-tied in the night time
Silent, sleepless 'til the sunrise
Claustrophobic with a night light, night light
I'll just wait here for the sunrise, creep and crawl back into my life
Until then I'll be a night mime, night mime

[Outro]
I'm tongue-tied in the night time
Silent, sleepless 'til the sunrise
Claustrophobic with a night light, night light
I'll just wait here for the sunrise, creep and crawl back into my life
Until then I'll be a night mime, night mime

Trivia

  • There are several theories about the song, however, none of them have been proven.
    • The first theory states that this song could be a reference to insomnia, the disorder of which the person diagnosed with it is unable to sleep and/or has trouble sleeping.
    • Another theory is that the narrator of this song, also referred as 'Night Mime' throughout the track, is afraid of the dark and is fearful that monsters may come if they turn off all the lights, as suggested by the lyric: "Claustrophobic with a night light, night light".
    • There is also a chance that Night Mime is staying up late because they are waiting on an answer from a loved one or wanting one from them so they know that they are safe.
    • It may also refer to mutism since a mime doesn't speak, it can only communicate through actions.
    • It is also theorized that the song is a reference to social anxiety. People that have social anxiety sometimes feel as if they are trapped inside an imaginary box of their feelings, this reference of an imaginary box can be related to a mime act, which so happens to be titled the Imaginary Box.
  • This is the longest song by Melanie that has been heard by the public, as it goes over 5 minutes.
    • This version of Night Mime isn't that much different from the unfinished studio version, with the only differences being the introduction to the song and the fact that there are no vocals during the chorus.
      • In the comments of the original video, the uploader replied to a comment confirming that version 2 of the rough mix has the studio chorus and bridge of the song, giving us the full official demo. However, this hasn't been proven.
  • This song, along with You Love I are currently the only leaked Dollhouse outtakes.
  • There is an offical acoustic version of this song.
    • Though in this song's case, the final studio version has not been leaked. However, fans have combined the studio version with the videos of this song being performed live, to make the entire song. 

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