Smokie – I’ll Meet You At Midnight Video and Lyrics

Originally called “The Yen”, then “The Sphynx” and later “Essence”, the band was formed in 1964 at St. Bede’s Grammar School in Heaton, Bradford. The Yen’s first gig was at Birkenshaw School in February 1965. It was composed of Chris Norman (lead vocals/rhythm guitar/piano), Terry Uttley (bass/vocals), Alan Silson (lead guitar/vocals) and Ron Kelly (drums).

As Essence, they toured small clubs in Bradford and the surrounding communities before they split in 1966. The Black Cats were already a working band when Ron Kelly joined them at Dewsbury College, in September 1966. The Black Cats at this time were Peter Eastwood on guitar/vocals and Arthur Higgins on bass. Kelly replaced the drummer they had at the time. Alan Silson joined the band initially alongside Pete Eastwood, but the latter soon left and was replaced by Chris Norman. In November 1967 the band changed their name to “The Four Corners”.

Smokie – I’ll Meet You At Midnight Video and Lyrics

Smokie – I’ll Meet You At Midnight Lyrics

A summer evening on Les Champs Elyses
A secret rendezvous they planned for days
I see faces in the crowded cafe
A sound of Laughter as the music plays.

Jeanne-Claude’s student at the University
Louise-Marie is just a world away
You recall the night they met was warm with laughter
The words and music as she turned away.

I’ll meet you at midnight
Under the moonlight
I’ll meet you at midnight
Oh, but Jeanne-Claude, Louise-Marie will never be

Each cigarette will light a thousand faces
The shade is passing like a thousand years
Midnight was turning into empty spaces
The sound of laughter’d disappeared


A summer morning on Les Champs Elyses
The entertainment in the street cafe
The sunlight melting through an open doorway
Jeanne-Claude has left some other day…