Who Sang In the Middle of the Night? Madness

Madness One Step Beyond… cover art
publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Mark William Bedford, Christopher John Foreman, Cathal Joseph Smyth, Daniel Mark Woodgate, Michael Barson, Lee Jay Thompson, Graham Mcpherson
release date: 1979
genres: Rock
styles: Ska
length: 3:02
producer: Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley
vocal: Suggs and Lee “Kix” Thompson
bass: Mark Bedford
background vocals: Chas Smash
guitar: Chris Foreman
keyboard: Mike Barson
drums (drum set) & percussion: Daniel Woodgate
baritone saxophone & tenor saxophone: Lee “Kix” Thompson
composer: Graham McPherson, Chris Foreman
lyricist: Graham McPherson, Chris Foreman
Nice man george, newsagent on the corner
Not very rich, but never any poorer
Jaunty old george, a happy sixty-three
Not very tall, but healthier than me
He whistles timeless tunes as he saunters down the street
Springs in his legs and elastic in his feet

But in the middle of the night
He steals through your garden
Gives your hosiery a fright
And doesn't say pardon
As soft as a breeze
With an arm full of underwear
On his hands and knees
Dreams about the knicker scare

Hello there george, newsagent on the corner
How's the old car, yes the climate's getting warmer
Chatty old george as you get your morning paper
Read about the knicker thief, underwear taker
Bids you 'good day', as you wander out the door
Never closes early, always cleans the floor

But when darkness hits the town
And there's washing on your line
Get your knickers down
Before the dreaded sign
When the clock strikes eight
And you're snuggled up in bed
He'll be at the garden gate
Filling underwear with dread

Nice man george, newsagent on the corner
He was closed today, maybe gone to mow the lawn
I had to go further down the road to get me current bun
Hello, isn't that george on page one?
No, it couldn't be, but yes, it is
Difficult to see from these photofits

But they are after him
Of that you can be sure
They've called him on the phone
They've knocked on his door
But he's gone away
Gone to stay with some mates
He got the papers early
And saw his own face

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 One Step Beyond
  • 2 My Girl
  • 3 Night Boat to Cairo
  • 4 Believe Me
  • 5 Land of Hope & Glory
  • 6 The Prince
  • 7 Tarzan’s Nuts
  • 8 In the Middle of the Night
  • 9 Bed and Breakfast Man
  • 10 Razor Blade Alley
  • 11 Swan Lake
  • 12 Rockin’ in A♭
  • 13 Mummy’s Boy
  • 14 Madness
  • 15 Chipmunks Are Go!