MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Song Information

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's jacket.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's DanceDanceRevolution jacket.

Artist: Love machineguns
Composition/Arrangement: Toshio Sakurai, Hideyuki Ono, Yuei Uematsu
Lyrics/Vocals: Thomas Howard Lichtenstein
Trumpet: Hideyuki Ono
Trombone/All Saxophones: Jimmy Weckl
Guitars/Bass/Drum Programming: Toshio Sakurai
Recording Engineer: Akira Goshima
BPM: 182
Length: 1:20
Genre: SKA PUNK
Movie: yos
First Music Game Appearance: GUITARFREAKS 3rdMIX & drummania 2ndMIX
Other Music Game Appearances:

Lyrics

Game Size

In the barrio you gotta learn how to survive 
Cause you never know When it's your turn to take a dive 
 
So you go through each day 
With your eyes in the back of your head 
You never know if you'll be alive or be dead 

That is why always have it 
You carry a midnight special 
Never leave home without it 
Always better with a midnight special 

In the dark on the street 
Never know who you're gonna meet 
No problem you got a midnight special

Long Version


In the barrio you gotta learn how to survive 
Cause you never know when it's your turn to take a dive 

☆ 
So you go through each day 
With your eyes in the back of your head 
You never know if you'll be alive or be dead 

LITTLE JOHNYY SMITH, they nearly laid that boy to rest 
But he's still alive - thank God, he must be heaven blessed 

But you know that somewhere 
There's a bullet that says your name 
You can't avoid the danger it's part of this game 

★ 
That is why always have it 
You carry a midnight special 
Never leave home without it 
Always better with a midnight special 

In the dark on the street 
Never know who you're gonna meet 
No problem you got a midnight special 

☆ repeat 
★ repeat

Song Connections / Remixes

  • A long version of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL can be found on the GUITARFREAKS 3rdMIX & drummania 2ndMIX soundtracks album.
  • An acoustic version of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL appears as a bonus track on the GUITARFREAKS 3rdMIX & drummania 2ndMIX soundtracks album.

Trivia

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's old jacket.
Midnight Special's banner.
Midnight Special's DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA banner.
  • Until GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania V, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's BPM was shown as ??? BPM.
  • MIDNIGHT SPECIAL received a unique, different video in DanceDanceRevolution STR!KE. This video was later carried over to DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA. Its video eliminates all on-screen dancers.
  • In DanceDanceRevolution ULTRAMIX2, Dancing Stage Unleashed2, DanceDanceRevolution STR!KE and DanceDanceRevolution X2, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's title and artist were capitalized as Midnight Special and Love Machineguns respectively.
    • DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA capitalized the artist as Love machineguns.
  • Midnight Special can be unlocked in DanceDanceRevolution ULTRAMIX2 by playing any 20 songs.
  • Midnight Special can be automatically unlocked in DanceDanceRevolution STR!KE if you have save data of GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania V CS on your memory card.
  • MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is currently the only musical appearances of both Toshio Sakurai and Yuei Uematsu on an arcade release of DanceDanceRevolution.
  • MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is one of the unlockable songs of the ULTIMATE FESTIVAL!! ULTIMATE GATE event of GITADORA OverDrive.
    • It received a new jacket in GITADORA OverDrive.
  • Despite that MIDNIGHT SPECIAL's BPM is shown as 182, it actually ranges from 182 to 187 BPM.

Song Production Information

Untranslated.

Video Production Information

None.

Difficulty & Notecounts

DanceDanceRevolution difficulty rated from 1 to 10 from DDRMAX2 to SuperNOVA2. and 1 to 20 from X onwards.
Difficulty for early GF/DM games rated from 1 to 10 stars. GF/DM difficulty for GF5/dm4 and beyond rated from 1 to 99.
GF/DM XG and GITADORA difficulty rated from 0.00 to 9.99. (Ratings and notecounts obtained from BEMANIWiki 2nd.)

DanceDanceRevolution

Game Single Double
Beginner Basic Difficult Expert Challenge Basic Difficult Expert Challenge
Notecounts / Freeze Arrows / Shock Arrows 101 / 12 144 / 21 236 / 11 267 / 14 - / - / - 190 / 3 244 / 11 274 / 8 - / - / -
DanceDanceRevolution ULTRAMIX2 / STR!KE / DS Unleashed2 2 4 5 7 6 7 8
DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA US/EU CS 2 4 5 7 6 7 8
DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA→SuperNOVA2 2 4 5 7 6 7 8
DanceDanceRevolution X→Present 3 7 9 10 7 10 12

GuitarFreaks & DrumMania

Original Series

Game Drum Guitar Bass Open
Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme
Notecounts 346 534 663 269 269 269 312 312 - - - -
GF3/dm2 4 6 8 4 6 8 N/A N/A - - - -
GF4/dm3 4 6 8 ↑5 ↑7 ↓6 N/A N/A - - - -
GF5/dm4→GF6/dm5 37 71 86 48 51 54 N/A N/A - - - -
GF7/dm6 ↓29 ↓50 ↓72 ↓12 ↓16 ↓31 N/A N/A - - - -
GF8/dm7 ↓21 ↓48 ↑74 ↑18 ↑21 ↑33 N/A N/A - - - -
GF8/dm7 power-up ver.→GF/DM V2 21 48 74 ↓16 ↓19 ↓32 27 36 - - - -
GF/DM V3→V8 21 48 ↓68 16 19 32 27 36 - - - -
GF3/dm2 CS 4 6 8 4 6 8 N/A N/A - - - -
GF/DM V3 CS 21 48 68 16 19 32 27 36 - - - -

XG & GITADORA Series

Game Drum Guitar Bass
Basic Advanced Extreme Master Basic Advanced Extreme Master Basic Advanced Extreme Master
Notecounts 240 485 662 - 228 269 269 - 188 312 312 -
GITADORA OverDrive→Tri-Boost 3.10 5.40 6.75 - 3.50 5.40 6.75 - 3.30 5.20 6.70 -
GITADORA Tri-Boost Re:EVOLVE ↑3.15 ↓5.00 ↓6.50 - ↓3.10 ↓4.80 ↓6.20 - ↓2.75 ↓4.65 ↓6.00 -
GITADORA Matixx ↑4.00 ↑5.30 ↑6.70 - ↑3.50 ↑5.25 ↑6.60 - ↑2.80 ↑4.90 ↑6.35 -
GITADORA EXCHAIN ↑4.15 ↑5.75 ↑6.95 - ↓3.35 ↓4.90 ↑6.65 - ↓2.70 ↓4.75 ↓6.20 -
GITADORA NEX+AGE→Present 4.15 ↑5.80 6.95 - 3.35 ↑4.95 6.65 - ↑2.80 ↑4.80 ↑6.25 -