Sam Smith的成功路並不是大家看到的一帆風順,從推出第一張專輯《In The Lonely Hour》,到獲得格林美奬後,他說有一段時間覺得自己沒有價值,剛巧當時結束了戀情,就像失去了一切,讓他格外難受。當時失落失意的他終日喝酒喝完就哭,後來更決定暫停一切演藝活動,跟媽媽和姊姊同住重拾至親的溫暖。直到一天Sam終於收起悲傷心情,他帶著幾段旋律回到錄音室裡開始創作,上一張唱片將他塑造成悲歌王子的形象,但他不想讓自始被定位,所以埋首聽了很多50、60年代的舊唱片,希望受啓發創作出不一樣的音樂。新碟《The Thrill of It All》雖然讓樂迷久等,但絕對是值得等待的佳作,專輯登上英國大碟榜榜首及超越前作成為Billboard 200冠軍專輯。新單曲“Midnight Train”與好友兼首張大碟監製Jimmy Napes以及Frank Ocean長期合作單位Malay聯手創作,是一首離別哀歌,在一段關係中雖然仍深愛對方,但感覺逐漸迷失,為了做回自己,決定忍痛搭上午夜的火車靜悄悄離開。歌曲以結他及鼓為主線,後段加入溫暖的管樂,是帶有jazz調子的soft rock情歌,充滿故事性同時兼顧聽覺享受。

Midnight Train

I choose me

And I know that's selfish, love

You are a dream

And I can't thank you enough

But I give another piece of me away

Every waking day that I'm with you

 

Am I a monster?

What will your family think of me?

They brought me in

They helped me out with everything

But I give a little piece of me away

Every single day

 

So I pick up the pieces

I get on the midnight train

I got my reasons

But darling I can't explain

I'll always love you

But tonight's the day I choose to walk away

 

Love you so much

That I have to let you go

I'll miss your touch

And the secrets we both know

But it would be wrong for me to stay

And I'll just give you hope

 

So I pick up the pieces

I get on the midnight train

I got my reasons

But darling I can't explain

I'll always love you

But tonight's the day I choose to walk away

 

I can't stop crying

I hate that I've caused you pain

But I can't deny it

I just don't feel the same

I'll always love you

But tonight's the day I choose to walk away

 

So I pick up the pieces

I get on the midnight train

I got my reasons

But darling I can't explain

I'll always love you

But tonight's the day I choose to walk away