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"Night Mime" is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. This song has been performed live to fans.

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.

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hold those blood-shotted 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, creeping, 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, creeping, crawl back into my life
Until then I'll be a night mime, night mime

[Closing]
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, creeping, crawl back into my life
Until then I'll be a night mime, night mime

Trivia

  • An unfinished studio demo was leaked on January 25th, 2016.
  • 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.
  • The demo of the first rough mix of this song was leaked on April 26th, 2017.
    • 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.

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