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Closing Time Lyrics by Leonard Cohen from the More Best of Leonard Cohen album - including song video, artist biography, translations and more: Ah we're drinking and we're dancing And the band is really happening And the Johnny Walker wisdom running high And my v…

Ah we're drinking and we're dancing
And the band is really happening
And the Johnny Walker wisdom running high
And my very sweet companion
She's the angel of compassion
She's rubbing half the world against her thigh
And every drinker every dancer
Lifts a happy face to thank her
The fiddler fiddles something so sublime
All the women tear their blouses off
And the men they dance on the polka-dots
And it's partner found, it's partner lost
And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops
It's closing time
(Closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time) Yeah the women tear their blouses off
And the men they dance on the polka-dots
And it's partner found, it's partner lost
And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops
It's closing time Ah we're lonely, we're romantic
And the cider's laced with acid
And the holy spirit's crying, where's the beef?
And the moon is swimming naked
And the summer night is fragrant
With a mighty expectation of relief
So we struggle and we stagger
Down the snakes and up the ladder
To the tower where the blessed hours chime
And I swear it happened just like this
A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss
The gates of love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since
But closing time
(Closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time) I swear it happened just like this
A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss
The gates of love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since
(I can't say much has happened since)
We're closing time
Closing time I loved you for your beauty
But that doesn't make a fool of me
You were in it for your beauty too
And I loved you for your body
There's a voice that sounds like god to me
Declaring, (declaring) declaring,declaring that your body's really you
And I loved you when our love was blessed
And I love you now there's nothing left
But sorrow and a sense of overtime
And I missed you since the place got wrecked
And I just don't care what happens next
Looks like freedom but it feels like death
It's something in between, I guess
It's closing time
(Closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time) Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked
By the winds of change and the weeds of sex
Looks like freedom but it feels like death
It's something in between, I guess
It's closing time Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing
But there's nothing really happening
And the place is dead as heaven on a Saturday night
And my very close companion
Gets me fumbling gets me laughing
She's a hundred but she's wearing
Something tight
And I lift my glass to the awful truth
Which you can't reveal to the ears of youth
Except to say it isn't worth a dime
And the whole damn place goes crazy twice
And it's once for the devil and once for Christ
But the boss don't like these dizzy heights
We're busted in the blinding lights
Of closing time
(Closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time) The whole damn place goes crazy twice
And it's once for the devil and once for Christ
But the boss don't like these dizzy heights
We're busted in the blinding lights
(Busted in the blinding lights)
Busted in the blinding lights
Of closing time
Closing time Oh the women tear their blouses off
And the men they dance on the polka-dots
It's closing time
And it's partner found, it's partner lost
And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops
It's closing time
I swear it happened just like this
A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss
It's closing time (closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time)
(Closing time) The gates of love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since
But closing time (closing time, closing time, closing time) I loved you when our love was blessed
I love you now there's nothing left
But closing time
I miss you since the place got wrecked
By the winds of change and the weeds of sex
Opening/Closing Songs - storytime katie

12-11-2010 · Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)We clap and sing hello,We clap and sing hello,With our friends at story time,We clap and sing hello!We tap and sing hello // We stretch and sing hello // We wave and sing helloSource: Storytime Katie […] Winter Story Time (2019) – The Short Stack Librarian - January 8 ...

12-11-2010

Master List || Opening & Closing Songs || Getting the Wiggles Out || Rhymes for Babies

Opening Songs

“Here, Here” (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”) Here, here, we’ll all here Here, here, we’ll all here Here, here, we’ll all here We’re all here in storytime Hello, [Name], how are you? Hello, [Name], how are you? Hello, [Name], how are you? We’re so glad to see you! (Repeat until every child’s name is said) Credit: Co-worker

Fall 2006, Fall 2009 & Spring 2010

“Mr. Sun” Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun Please shine down on me Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun Hiding behind a tree These little children are asking you To please come down, so we can play with you Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun Please shine down on me Credit: Childhood

Summer 2010

“The More We Get Together” The more we get together, together, together The more we get together, the happier we’ll be. ‘Cause your friends are my friends And my friends are your friends The more we get together, the happier we’ll be. Credit: Childhood (Girl Scouts)

Winter 2010/2011 & Spring 2011

“Clap and Sing Hello!” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell) We clap and sing hello, We clap and sing hello, With our friends at storytime, We clap and sing hello! (Wave and sing hello; stomp and sing hello.)

Credit: Storytime Songs


Summer 2011 — Winter 2013/2014

“If You’re Ready” (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) If you’re ready for a story, take a seat If you’re ready for a story, take a seat Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat If you’re ready for a story, take a seat Credit: SJPL Hello & Goodbye Songs [Link no longer works]

Summer 2011 — Winter 2013/2014

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” Kathy Reid-Naiman Clap everybody and say hello, Say hello, say hello Clap everybody and say hello, No matter what the weather

Credit: Read Sing Play


Toddler Storytimes Spring 2014 — Current

“Hands Are Clapping” (Tune: Skip to My Lou) Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap Clap your hands, my darling! Toes are tapping, fingers are wiggling, eyes are hiding “peek-a-boo” Credit: Co-worker

Baby Storytimes Spring & Summer 2014

“Hello Friends” (Tune: Goodnight Ladies) Hello friends, Hello friends, Hello friends, It’s time to say hello!

Credit: Jbrary


Family Storytimes Fall 2014 — Current

Closing Songs

“We Wave Goodbye Like This” (Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”) We wave goodbye like this. We wave goodbye like this. We clap our hands for all our friends. We wave goodbye like this.

Credit: Sunflower Storytime


Winter 2010 — Winter 2013/2014

“Tickle the Clouds” Tickle the clouds Tickle your toes Turn around And tickle your nose Reach down low Reach up high Storytime’s over So wave goodbye!

Credit: Pinterest


Toddler Storytimes Spring 2014 — Current

“With My Little Hands” With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap With my little arms I wave bye, bye, bye With my little legs I kick high, high, high With my little eyes I play peek-a-boo With my little mouth I say “I love you” Credit: Co-worker

Baby Storytimes Spring & Summer 2014

“Goodbye Friends” (Tune: Goodnight Ladies) Goodbye friends, Goodbye friends, Goodbye friends, It’s time to say goodbye!

Credit: Jbrary


Family Storytimes Fall 2014 — Current
Leonard Cohen - Closing Time Lyrics

General CommentThis song is about closing time at a bar, and the end of the world: The whole damn place goes crazy twice And it's once for the devil and once for Christ But the Boss don't like these dizzy heights We're busted in the blinding lights, Busted in the blinding lights Of Closing Time There is a reference to revelations, where everybody goes crazy for the anti-christ, then the second ...

Ah we're drinking and we're dancing And the band is really happening And the Johnny Walker wisdom running high And my very sweet companion She's the angel of compassion She's rubbing half the world against her thigh And every drinker every dancer Lifts a happy face to thank her The fiddler fiddles something so sublime All the women tear their blouses off And the men they dance on the polka-dots And it's partner found, it's partner lost And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops It's closing time (Closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) Yeah the women tear their blouses off And the men they dance on the polka-dots And it's partner found, it's partner lost And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops It's closing time Ah we're lonely, we're romantic And the cider's laced with acid And the holy spirit's crying, where's the beef? And the moon is swimming naked And the summer night is fragrant With a mighty expectation of relief So we struggle and we stagger Down the snakes and up the ladder To the tower where the blessed hours chime And I swear it happened just like this A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss The gates of love they budged an inch I can't say much has happened since But closing time (Closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) I swear it happened just like this A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss The gates of love they budged an inch I can't say much has happened since (I can't say much has happened since) We're closing time Closing time I loved you for your beauty But that doesn't make a fool of me You were in it for your beauty too And I loved you for your body There's a voice that sounds like god to me Declaring, (declaring) declaring,declaring that your body's really you And I loved you when our love was blessed And I love you now there's nothing left But sorrow and a sense of overtime And I missed you since the place got wrecked And I just don't care what happens next Looks like freedom but it feels like death It's something in between, I guess It's closing time (Closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked By the winds of change and the weeds of sex Looks like freedom but it feels like death It's something in between, I guess It's closing time Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing But there's nothing really happening And the place is dead as heaven on a Saturday night And my very close companion Gets me fumbling gets me laughing She's a hundred but she's wearing Something tight And I lift my glass to the awful truth Which you can't reveal to the ears of youth Except to say it isn't worth a dime And the whole damn place goes crazy twice And it's once for the devil and once for Christ But the boss don't like these dizzy heights We're busted in the blinding lights Of closing time (Closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) The whole damn place goes crazy twice And it's once for the devil and once for Christ But the boss don't like these dizzy heights We're busted in the blinding lights (Busted in the blinding lights) Busted in the blinding lights Of closing time Closing time Oh the women tear their blouses off And the men they dance on the polka-dots It's closing time And it's partner found, it's partner lost And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops It's closing time I swear it happened just like this A sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss It's closing time (closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) (Closing time) The gates of love they budged an inch I can't say much has happened since But closing time (closing time, closing time, closing time) I loved you when our love was blessed I love you now there's nothing left But closing time I miss you since the place got wrecked By the winds of change and the weeds of sex

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The Hidden Meaning Of Semisonic's Closing Time

28-07-2020 · Power pop hit "Closing Time" by American rock band Semisonic checks all the boxes for a novelty hit: an infectious melody, an easy-to-memorize chorus and a meditative double-meaning.

28-07-2020

Power pop hit "Closing Time" by American rock band Semisonic checks all the boxes for a novelty hit: an infectious melody, an easy-to-memorize chorus and a meditative double-meaning. That's right: while lyrics such as "Closing time/One last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer/Closing time/You don't have to go home but you can't stay here," detail last-call at a bar, frontman Dan Wilson argues that the song's meaning is much deeper.

The indie band's 1998 breakthrough track did pretty well for its time: it was an instant radio hit, reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and charted in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. But, for a song written in 20 minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the meaning behind the track sounds way more profound than we could've guessed.

As The Hollywood Reporter writes, the tune was written on tour as a closing song (shocker) specifically to close out the band's sets. After years of touring for four nights a week, the group grew bored with closing out each night with the same track. "My bandmates were tired of ending our sets with the same song, so there was kind of an uprising where they demanded something different to end our nights with," said Wilson. "So I thought, "OK, I'll write a song to close out the set," and then boom, I wrote "Closing Time" really fast."

Yet, the song began to take on a whole new life of its own once Wilson received some big news. Per Billboard, Wilson's girlfriend told the frontman that she was pregnant, which prompted the lyric-heavy tune relating to life, birth and fatherhood. "We had spent seven years of our lives at that point, four nights a week entertaining people. That was our life," WIlson told Billboard. "Some bouncers yelling things, closing time coming, all that imagery, literally, that's how the song started and then when I was halfway done, I started realizing the whole thing was a pun about being born, so I just made sure that the rest of the thing could ride with that double meaning, but nobody got the joke and I didn't bother to explain."

Production on the song began days before Wilson's girlfriend delivered their first baby three months premature, which led to a months-long hospital stay for the newborn. As HuffPost reports, Wilson would leave the studio several times a day to visit his struggling daughter fighting for her life in the hospital.

"The reports from the doctors and nurses were alternately hopeful and grim," drummer Jacob Slichter told HuffPost. "Nick offered to postpone the recording if that's what Dan wanted. Jim and Hans assured Dan that canceling the sessions would be no problem, but Dan and Diane decided that recording would provide Dan a welcome relief from pacing the halls of the neonatal intensive care unit. The studio was a short drive from the hospital, and he could still visit several times a day. So we started to record our second album, which had become both an art project and an emotional lifeboat."

It was the same day that "Closing Time" hit the radio that there was another much more extraordinary celebration: after nearly a year, Wilson's daughter Coco was able to leave the hospital and go home with her parents. Who knew "I know who I want to take me home" could be taken so literally.

Semisonic - Closing Time Lyrics

Closing time Open all the doors and let you out into the world Closing time Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl Closing time One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer Closing time You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home Closing time ...

Closing time Open all the doors and let you out into the world Closing time Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl Closing time One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer Closing time You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home Closing time Time for you to go out to the places you will be from Closing time This room won't be open 'til your brothers or your sisters come So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits I hope you have found a friend Closing time Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end, yeah I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home Closing time Time for you to go out to the places you will be from I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home Closing time Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

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Closing time, open all the doors. And let you out into the world. Closing time, turn all of the lights on. Over every boy and every girl. Closing time, one last call for alcohol. So finish your whiskey or beer. Closing time, you don't have to go home. But you can't stay here. I know who I want to take me home.

Closing time, open all the doors

And let you out into the world

Closing time, turn all of the lights on

Over every boy and every girl

Closing time, one last call for alcohol

So finish your whiskey or beer

Closing time, you don't have to go home

But you can't stay here


I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

Take me home


Closing time, time for you to go out

To the places you will be from

Closing time, this room won't be open

Till your brothers or your sisters come

So gather up your jackets, move into the exits

I hope you have found a friend

Closing time, every new beginning

Comes from some other beginning's end


I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

Take me home


Closing time, time for you to go out

To the places you will be from


I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

I know who I want to take me home

Take me home


Closing time, every new beginning

Comes from some other beginning's end

Closing Time (Semisonic song)

27-11-2021 · "Closing Time" is a song by American rock band Semisonic. It was released on March 10, 1998, as the lead single from their second studio album, Feeling Strangely Fine, and began to receive mainstream radio airplay on April 27, 1998.The ballad was written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay.. The single reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart …

27-11-2021
1998 single by Semisonic
1998 single by Semisonic
Closing Time single.jpg"Closing Time"Single by Semisonicfrom the album Feeling Strangely FineReleasedMarch 10, 1998 (1998-03-10)Genre
  • Alternative rock[1]
  • post-grunge[2]
  • power pop[3]
  • pop rock[4]
Length
  • 4:33 (album version)
  • 3:49 (single version)
LabelMCASongwriter(s)Dan WilsonProducer(s)Nick LaunaySemisonic singles chronology
"F.N.T."
(1996)
"Closing Time"
(1998)
"Singing in My Sleep"
(1998)
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Music video"Closing Time" on YouTube

"Closing Time" is a song by American rock band Semisonic. It was released on March 10, 1998, as the lead single from their second studio album, Feeling Strangely Fine, and began to receive mainstream radio airplay on April 27, 1998. The ballad[5] was written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay.

The single reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and the top 50 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It is certified silver in the latter country and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999.[6][7] The song reappeared on the charts of three countries in 2011 after being featured in the 2011 movie Friends with Benefits and an episode of television sitcom The Office;[8][9] it attained its highest chart peaks in Australia and Ireland during this period.

While the song is about people leaving a bar at closing time (also called last call), and widely interpreted as such, drummer Jacob Slichter has also indicated that the song was written by Wilson "in anticipation of fatherhood" and that it is about "being sent forth from the womb as if by a bouncer clearing out a bar".[10][11]

Background and writing

Prior to the composition "Closing Time", Semisonic would usually end their concerts with the song "If I Run". The band grew tired of playing this song every night and so Wilson set out to write a new song that they could play at the end of their set.[12] Wilson's girlfriend was pregnant at the time and although Wilson did not set out consciously to write a song about giving birth, he has stated that "Part way into the writing of the song, I realized it was also about being born."[12]

The song ends with a quote attributed to Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Music video

The music video was directed by Chris Applebaum.[13] It features two continuous shots, running side by side on the screen. One side shows the band playing the song in a rehearsal space. The other side features a woman (played by Denise Franco) as the singer Dan Wilson's girlfriend. As the video progresses, Dan and his girlfriend switch sides of screen, as they attempt to meet up. At the end of the video, they both wind up at the same nightclub. However, they still end up missing each other by mere seconds and never meet. The "trick" of the video is that each shot was done as one long, continuous shot, with no cuts or editing, and therefore relies on proper timing to get the two sides of the video lined up properly.

Critical reception

Larry Flick of Billboard magazine described "Closing Time" as an "instantly memorable rock ditty", saying, "...the core of 'Closing Time' is pure pop with a sticky chorus that will have you singing along before the end of your first listen. This could be the jam that establishes Semisonic as the top 40 heroes they deserve to be."[14] Doug Reece of the same magazine called the song "impossibly hooky".[15] "Closing Time" was placed at number 19 on Rolling Stone's 2007 list of the "20 Most Annoying Songs".[16]

Track listings

US promo CD[17]

  1. "Closing Time" (pop mix) – 3:52
  2. "Closing Time" (acoustic mix) – 3:52
  3. "Closing Time" (Clearmountain Mix) – 3:49

European CD single (released March 10, 1998)[18]

  1. "Closing Time" (Clearmountain Mix) – 3:49
  2. "Delicious" – 3:58
  3. "Gone to the Movies" – 3:52
  4. "Closing Time" (album version) – 4:35

UK CD single[19]

  1. "Closing Time" – 3:49
  2. "Delicious" – 3:53
  3. "Made to Last" – 5:02

UK cassette single[20]

A. "Closing Time" (remix edit) – 3:49
B. "Air That I Breathe" – 4:21

Charts and certifications

Chart (1998–1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 50
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[21] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 84
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 50
Scotland (OCC)[24] 17
UK Singles (OCC)[25] 25
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[26] 11
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[27] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 4
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[29] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[30] 13
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[31] 8
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 48
UK Singles (OCC)[33] 76
Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[34] 71
Chart (1998) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[35] 33
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[36] 15
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States February 23, 1998 (1998-02-23)
  • Mainstream rock
  • modern rock
  • triple A radio
MCA [38]
March 10, 1998 (1998-03-10) CD [citation needed]
April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27) Top 40 radio [39]
United Kingdom October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
  • CD
  • cassette
[40]

See also

  • Number one modern rock hits of 1998

References

  1. ^ Price, Walter (January 7, 2019). "A Take Me Home Three-Way: SEMISONIC – "Closing Time" (1998)". Global Texan Chronicles. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Classical Cover: Semisonic's Closing Time". Alto Riot.
  3. ^ "Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage". NPR. October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Collin (April 5, 2001). "Semisonic All About Chemistry MCA". Daily Nexus. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Verna, Paul (March 28, 1998). "Reviews & Previews – Albums". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 13. p. 55.
  6. ^ "41st Grammy Awards – 1999". Rock on the Net. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  7. ^ Wood, Olivia (January 15, 2020). "Episode 176: Semisonic". Song Exploder. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Hyden, Steven (November 30, 2011). "We Are All 'Closing Time': Why Semisonic's 1998 Hit Still Resonates". Grantland. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  9. ^ Halperin, Shirley (December 7, 2010). "Semisonic revists "Closing Time" thanks to movie". Reuters. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  10. ^ A Hit Single and the Heart-Wrenching Story Behind it, by Claudia Ricci, The Huffington Post, posted February 8, 2011, retrieved February 27, 2011
  11. ^ "Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own". NPR.org. April 15, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Schlansky, Evan (October 14, 2019). "Semisonic Success Story: An Interview with Dan Wilson". American Songwriter. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Production Notes". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 19. May 9, 1998. p. 80.
  14. ^ Flick, Larry (February 21, 1998). "Reviews & Previews – Singles". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 8. p. 64.
  15. ^ Reece, Doug (April 4, 1998). "Popular Uprisings". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 14. p. 12.
  16. ^ "The 20 Most Annoying Songs". Rolling Stone. July 2, 2007. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007.
  17. ^ Closing Time (US promo CD disc notes). Semisonic. MCA Records. 1998. 9765.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  18. ^ a b c "Semisonic – Closing Time". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  19. ^ Closing Time (UK CD single liner notes). Semisonic. MCA Records. 1998. MCSTD 48098.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  20. ^ Closing Time (UK cassette single sleeve). Semisonic. MCA Records. 1999. MCSc 40221, 155 645-4.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  21. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 3543." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  22. ^ "Semisonic – Closing Time" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  23. ^ "Semisonic – Closing Time". Top 40 Singles.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  26. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  27. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  28. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  29. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Semisonic Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  32. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Semisonic". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  33. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  34. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  35. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Hit Tracks of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 63 no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  36. ^ "RPM's Top 50 Alternative Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  37. ^ "British single certifications – Semisonic – Closing Time". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  38. ^ Bell, Carrie (February 21, 1998). "Semisonic's 'Feeling Fine' on MCA Set". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 8. p. 17.
  39. ^ Reece, Doug (May 9, 1998). "MCA's Semisonic Strikes a Chord with 'Closing Time'". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 19. p. 93.
  40. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting 25 October, 1999: Singles". Music Week. October 23, 1999. p. 31.

External links

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Bar-Closing Songs, Ranked - MEL Magazine

16-01-2018 · You want a song that will bring patrons down smoothly and lovingly herds them toward the door. In that vein, here are the best bar-closing songs, ranked: 12. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”. There was a brief — I repeat, brief — moment in 2005 when this song’s reemergence in the culture was fun.

16-01-2018

One night during my sophomore year of college, I came back to my small fraternity bedroom to find my dirtbag roommate hosting a random assortment of barflies, sorority girls and general layabouts he’d been out drinking with earlier that evening. (He didn’t tell me he was bringing people over, let alone ask. He never asked.)

Stone cold sober after a night of studying — this must have been one of those periods when I was dangerously close to flunking out, and in a fit of panic, decided to become studious for a short period of time — I was in no mood to entertain a bunch of drunks who wanted to use my room to smoke weed and listen to late-1990s gangster rap into the wee hours. (My roommate had very specific taste.) I needed some fucking sleep, man, but no one, least of all my roommate, would listen to my pleas for quiet.

Still, these people needed to leave, so I took the most extreme measure possible: I commandeered the music and played “Closing Time” (loudly). Like hogs to the slaughter, everyone in the room quickly and dutifully filed out of the room. I felt like a wizard.

Such is the power of the bar-closing song — the tune that a given bar plays every night at last call, and reminds patrons that while they don’t have to go home, they can’t, in fact, stay “here.”

Attend the same bar enough, and you’ll develop a Pavlovian relationship with its chosen closing song. Hear it and you mindlessly shuffle to the exit, refocusing on after-hours plans. And for people working at the bar, the bar-closing song is a welcome signal that their work is nearly done, and that soon these drunken assholes will be temporarily out of their lives.

Yet, despite what some people say, you don’t want to play a song that’s so repulsive that it causes people to flee like madmen. You want a song that will bring patrons down smoothly and lovingly herds them toward the door. In that vein, here are the best bar-closing songs, ranked:

12. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”

There was a brief — I repeat, brief — moment in 2005 when this song’s reemergence in the culture was fun. The Chicago White Sox adopted the tune as their team anthem during their improbable World Series championship run that year, vaulting it back onto the charts 24 years after its release. A.J. Pierzynski, a man voted the most-hated player in Major League Baseball in 2012 by his peers, liked to sing Journey at karaoke, and it took off from there.

But more than a dozen years later, this song has once again been overplayed to the point that it’s been stripped of every ounce of nostalgic joy. Now every uninspired wedding DJ in the country thinks it’s a contractual requirement to play this song at least once during the reception. And to appease who? Wedding DJs are painfully unoriginal.

11. Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline”

This song will definitely help clear out any bar, as there’s nothing that makes me want to leave an area faster than hearing a group of people scream “So good! So good! So good!” in unison.

Neil Diamond sucks. He’s a wannabe Elvis who found a curious niche crooning schmaltzy lounge tunes that only 60-year-old divorcees enjoy. And he’s been dining out on “Sweet Caroline” for nearly 50 years now, and it’s all because of that gimmicky call-and-response in the chorus. People are such suckers.

10. Red Peters, “The Closing Song”

Apparently, this is a popular end of the night song in karaoke bars, proving once again karaoke is for tasteless dweebs.

9. Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight”

Money’s drunk and horny plea to a woman to take him home because he’s sad and lonely strikes the ear as pathetic and manipulative, especially in the current social climate. It’s made all the stranger by the woman who coos “Be my little bay-bee” in the refrain. If she already wants Eddie to be her baby, why the fuck is he spending three and half minutes trying to convince her to shack up?

There is the off-chance that this song will come on at the end of the night, and you and the person you’ve been speaking to will sing it together, and the highly suggestive lyrics will convince you that yes, you should take each other home tonight. (Note: This will never happen.)

8. David Allen Coe, “You Never Even Called Me By My Name”

It only recently came to my attention that this is the de facto bar-closing song of many parts of the Deep South, and I understand why — it perfectly encapsulates the despair that sets in when last call is announced. The song’s narrator is so desperate for love, that he’s willing to go home with a woman who confuses him with other, more famous musicians. Too real.

7. Michael Jackson, “Will You Be There”

Better known as the theme to the kid-friendly, orca liberation propaganda film Free Willy, this Michael Jackson diddy is the best, feel-good bar sing-along that absolutely no one knows the words to. This late-career Jackson hit was one of the last truly pleasant memories we have of the former King of Pop and will have you leaving the bar on a high note. But be forewarned that you may have several sobbing millennials on your hands. That last scene in Free Willy — when the boy teaches the whale to jump to its freedom, and the rousing violin music swells in the background — really plucks at the heartstrings.

The whale [sniffles] he’s finally free! But now the boy is friendless again! Life is a cruel joke.

6. Willie Nelson, “The Party’s Over”

As you’ll notice, there are an abundance of country bar-closing songs, which makes sense since it tends to be the most literal of all music genres. Country songs convey their points directly and explicitly — an important quality when you’re trying to get a bar full of drunks to leave.

5. Garth Brooks, “Friends in Low Places”

This was the go-to bar-closing song for 80 percent of the campus bars I frequented as a freshman at the University of Illinois, and it was great. Brooks’ anthem about the joys of being unabashedly unrefined is good listening when you and your friends are blasted on the cheapest booze the world has to offer.

But then, all those same bars inexplicably stopped playing this song, almost as if in unison. I never heard it again, and the source for this collusion against Garth was never uncovered. (By the way, if someone tells you they like “everything but country,” tell them they’re a classist philistine.)

4. John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

This peculiar choice for a bar-closing song comes to us from r/bartenders, the Reddit community for and by bartenders, but it’s an obvious choice, as it checks all the requisite boxes for a quality bar-close song:

  • It has a chorus everyone can sing to (“Country roads, take me home / To the place I belong”).
  • It’s about going home (the place you belong).
  • It mentions booze (moonshine).
  • And even it suggests a mode of transportation (country roads).

That’s really all you need to get you through that depressing transition from fun at the bar to a lonely Uber ride home.

3. Semisonic, “Closing Time”

Contrary to popular belief, this song isn’t written about drinking until bar close. Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson says he wrote the song about the birth of his first child. Normally, I hate it when artists tell me how to interpret their art — looking at you, Darren Aronofsky — but this gave me a newfound appreciation for the song. I thought “Closing Time” was a perfectly likeable post-grunge, pre-Coldplay arena rock ballad when I first heard it as an 11-year-old. But the song seemed hokey and overly literal as I got older. (The music video remains as great today as it was then, however, and serves as a relic of a bygone era when trying to meet someone out meant using a payphone to leave a message on their answering machine.)

Wilson’s explanation gives the song some much-needed heft, though. Knowing Wilson’s motivations, “Closing Time” reads as a man lamenting the end of his life as a hard-drinking young man and transitioning into fatherhood — and not a song about trying to convince some drunken stranger to go home with you.

Last year, Wilson released a cover of “Closing Time” that strips the song of the power chords and features only his voice and the piano part, and it’s absolutely lovely.

2. George Thorogood, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”

It never occurred to me to use this song as a bar-closing song until I saw it suggested on this Reddit thread, but upon closer inspection, it’s genius. Thorogood’s cover of the blues-drinking epic is the ultimate ode to self-medicating with booze, which makes it ideal to kick off a night of focused inebriation. But it functions as a perfect closer, too. The song is eight minutes long, giving people ample warning to settle up before the bar indeed closes. Not to mention, it gives them just enough time to say fuck it and order one more shot for the road. Just hearing that riff makes me want to guzzle booze like Janis Joplin.

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s Gone”

How this song came to be overshadowed by “Freebird” is truly baffling. Malcolm Gladwell could devote 500 pages and a dozen, bullshit social psychology theories to figuring it out.

Skynyrd’s fondness for the Confederate flag makes enjoying them a deeply problematic experience, but Dazed and Confused cemented “Tuesday’s Gone” as the ultimate end-of-the-party anthem. After all, the slide guitar sounds like how the last throes of a party feel.

And if a song can convince Wooderson to leave, then it’ll do just fine at your local haunt.

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Closing Time Chords - Lyle Lovett - Cowboy Lyrics

Lyle Lovett. "Closing Time" written and performed by Lyle Lovett Brought to you by Nathan Board ([email protected]) From the CD "Lyle Lovett." 1986 As usual, corrections and advice is most welcome. Once again, consider this a close approximation.

"Closing Time" written and performed by Lyle Lovett
Brought to you by Nathan Board ([email protected])

From the CD "Lyle Lovett." 1986

As usual, corrections and advice is most welcome.
Once again, consider this a close approximation.
-Nate

Chords used:  A:002220  E:022100  F#m:244222  D:000232 B:XX4442

INTRO:


  A                  E                 F#m
E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2---------------|
B -----------2-----|-------0-------0-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|
G -------2-------2-|---1-------1-----|---2-------2-----|-----------2-----|
D -----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|-----4-------4---|
A -0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E ---------0-------|-0-------0-------|-2-------2-------|-2-------2-------|



  D                 E                 A
E -------2-------2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B ---3-------3-----|------0--------0-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|
G -----2-------2---|--1-------1------|---2-------2-----|---2-------2-----|
D -0-------0-------|----2-------2----|-----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|
A -----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
E -----------------|-0------0--------|---------0-------|---------0-------|


SONG

    The   night     she is a true com-panion
  A                  E                 F#m
E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2---------------|
B -----------2-----|-------0-------0-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|
G -------2-------2-|---1-------1-----|---2-------2-----|-----------2-----|
D -----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|-----4-------4---|
A -0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E ---------0-------|-0-------0-------|-2-------2-------|-2-------2-------|


They shuffle         in                 they hear the    sound
 D                  B                 D                 E
E -------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|-----------------|
B ---3-------3-----|---4-------4-----|---3-------3-----|-------0-------0-|
G -----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|-----2-------2---|---1-------1-----|
D -0-------0-------|-4-------4-------|-0-------0-------|-----2-------2---|
A -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0-------|

  But by night's    end its night's a-bandon
  A                  E                 F#m
E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2---------------|
B -----------2-----|-------0-------0-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|
G -------2-------2-|---1-------1-----|---2-------2-----|-----------2-----|
D -----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|-----4-------4---|
A -0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E ---------0-------|-0-------0-------|-2-------2-------|-2-------2-------|


You look acroos the floor              Ain't anyone a-  round
 D                  B                 D                 E
E -------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|-----------------|
B ---3-------3-----|---4-------4-----|---3-------3-----|-------0-------0-|
G -----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|-----2-------2---|---1-------1-----|
D -0-------0-------|-4-------4-------|-0-------0-------|-----2-------2---|
A -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0-------|

  Closing            Time              un-    plug them people
  D                 E                 A        E         F#m
E -------2-------2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B ---3-------3-----|------0--------0-|-------2-------0-|-------2-------2-|
G -----2-------2---|--1-------1------|---2-------1-----|---2-------2-----|
D -0-------0-------|----2-------2----|-----2-------2---|-----4-------4---|
A -----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
E -----------------|-0------0--------|---------0-------|-2-------2-------|

 and send them     home it's closing time
  D                 E                 A
E -------2-------2-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B ---3-------3-----|------0--------0-|-------2-------2-|-------2-------2-|
G -----2-------2---|--1-------1------|---2-------2-----|---2-------2-----|
D -0-------0-------|----2-------2----|-----2-------2---|-----2-------2---|
A -----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
E -----------------|-0------0--------|---------0-------|---------0-------|

Lyrics:

A             E            F#m
The night she is a true companion

D            B
They shuffle in

D             E
They hear the sound

A              E
But by night's end

              F#m
It's night's abandon

D                    B
You look across the floor

D             E
Ain't anyone around


D       E
Closing time

A  E        F#m
Unplug them people

D             E
And send them home

              A
It's closing time


A                   E                 F#m
Now Kenny he's been mixing sound all evening

D           B
Sometimes I think that boy

D               E
He ain't got no ears

A              E
And Kathy's laughing

F#m
Kathy's always laughing

D             B
Well keep on laughing Kathy

D                   E
Just make it out of here


D        E
Closing time

A   E         F#m
Unplug them people

D              E
And send them home

              A
It's closing time


A               E                 Fm#
So stack those chairs upon those tables

D                B        D       E
And stack those empties upon that bar

A                E
And count your money

F#m
And count my money

D              B
And hear those bottles ringing

D                  E
You know where you are


D        E
Closing time

A  E         F#m
Unplug them people

D             E
And send them home

              A
It's closing time


D                      E
The night's all that's left behind

A        E             F#m
You take your part and I'll take mine

D         E
And go on home

             A
It's closing time
            
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Meaning of “Closing Time” by Semisonic

30-10-2018 · “Closing Time” proved to be the only song by Semisonic that became a hit in America. Yet despite its success, it was never released as a single in America. “Closing Time” was so successful that it peaked at number 1 on the modern rock hits in 1998. Till date it is Semisonic’s only song to have achieved that feat.

30-10-2018

by SMF · Published · Updated

“Closing Time”, a song by rock group Semisonic, lyrically is about encouraging patrons to vacate a bar as it is about to end its operations for the night. The literal meaning of this song revolves around bar patrons being advised its ‘closing time’ and acting accordingly, but the more-profound interpretation is based around, as Dan Wilson puts it, “being born and coming into the world”. Wilson unconsciously wrote it about his daughter Corazon (also known as Coco), who was then still in her mother’s womb.

Semisonic’s drummer also confirmed that Wilson penned the lyrics in partial recognition of fatherhood, which he was experiencing for the first time while this song was being composed.

Lyrics of Closing Time

Despite being released decades ago, this song still remains a regular selection in bars to this day. In addition to this, it has been featured on a number of television shows and movies, in addition to being a stadium favorite of the Milwaukee Brewers professional baseball team. Learn more about this extraordinary track by reading interesting details below:

“Closing Time” Facts

  • Semisonic’s lead singer, Dan Wilson wrote this track. Production was handled by English record producer Nick Launay. Over the course of his illustrious career, Launay gained fame for working with the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kate Bush and Arcade Fire.
  • “Closing Time” was released in March of 1998. It was the first single from the band’s second studio album titled Feeling Strangely Fine. That album was also released in March of 1998.
  • The proverb “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” that is featured at the end of the track actually was authored by a 1stcentury Roman philosopher named Seneca the Younger.
  • The music video for this song was produced by Chris Applebaum. The video features a split screen with action centered around Dan Wilson on one side. On the other side is the actress named Denise Franco. Denise portrays Wilson’s girlfriend in the video.
  • Dan Wilson did a solo version of this song on his 2017 album Re-Covered.
  • “This classic was a massive chart success. It charted in a number of countries, including the United States and Canada.
  • “Closing Time” proved to be the only song by Semisonic that became a hit in America. Yet despite its success, it was never released as a single in America.
  • “Closing Time” was so successful that it peaked at number 1 on the modern rock hits in 1998. Till date it is Semisonic’s only song to have achieved that feat.
  • Dan Wilson says that he wrote this hit song in only 20 minutes.

Did “Closing Time” win a Grammy Award?

No. However, it received a Grammy nomination in the category of the Best Rock Song at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in 1999. It lost the award to Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited”.

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The lead singer of Semisonic says he wrote the song as a metaphor for childbirth. A line-by-line examination into the lyrics must be done. In 1998, a song called Closing Time came out as the debut single from a band called Semisonic. The song featured lyrics (ostensibly) about a lonely person’s experience during last call at a bar.

The lead singer of Semisonic says he wrote the song as a metaphor for childbirth. A line-by-line examination into the lyrics must be done.

In 1998, a song called Closing Time came out as the debut single from a band called Semisonic. The song featured lyrics (ostensibly) about a lonely person’s experience during last call at a bar. It would be Semisonic’s only hit — but what a hit. Closing Time was immediately and permanently the go-to song for the end of the night at bars, weddings, bar mitzvahs, parties, quinceaneras and Semisonic concerts.

But here’s the thing. No one reazlied Semisonic had a little of that Robert Frost mojo in them.

It turns out the entire song was actually a metaphor for childbirth.

Semisonic’s lead singer, Dan Wilson, explained during a performance at his 25th reunion at Harvard…

Millions and millions of people bought the song and heard the song and didn’t get it. They think it’s about being bounced from a bar but it’s about being bounced from the womb.

So let’s go line-by-line through Closing Time and try to interpret it in its alternative context.

Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world

Doors = the vagina. We’re off to a smashing start.

Closing time, turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl

The “boy/girl” stuff makes more sense now. And I guess this line refers to hospital lights? Unless it’s a metaphor on top of a metaphor and is referring to the beginning of human consciousness or something.

Closing time, one last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer

Gee, wonder why people thought this was really about a bar? Is whisky and beer like one last quick suck of nutrients from the umbilical cord?

Closing time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

So this is quite definitively the child being bounced from the womb.

I know who I want to take me home / I know who I want to take me home / I know who I want to take me home / Take me home

The baby wants his parents to take him home? This feels a little insecure, like Dan Wilson was worried his baby might’ve rejected him for one of the guys from Better Than Ezra.

Closing time, time for you to go out to the places you will be from

Logical. Makes more context in the childbirth sense than the bar sense actually.

Closing time, this room won’t be open till your brothers or your sisters come

Makes way more sense. The womb wasn’t available until the other siblings got out of there. Although I’m not sure that this line is really spectacular in the bar OR pregnancy contexts.

So gather up your jackets

Placenta?

Move it to the exits

There’s that vagina talk again.

I hope you have found a friend.

Makes sense for twins, perhaps? Otherwise I’m not sure this works in the macro picture.

Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Sure thing, makes sense, pregnancy ends, life begins, lightning crashes.

And from here on, it’s just the chorus a few more times and a few repeated lines. Verdict: It really might be about childbirth, with a few serious red herrings thrown in.

Next week: Perhaps I can examine whether the Counting Crows’ Mr. Jones is secretly about the Nancy Kerrigan’s knee.

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It's Flying Time written by Sheb Wooley English December 1968. Closing Time written by Billy Connolly English October 1977. Aika kyynelten written by Heimo Holopainen, Eeki Mantere Finnish 1976. En voi pettää itseäin written by Juuso Ruud Finnish 1982.

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Songs that signal closing time... - Pop Rock Nation

23-04-2013 · This song brings more to mind barflies than restaurant patrons, but the sentiment is the same. Lyle Lovett also has a song called “Closing Time”, though its mood isn’t nearly as much fun as Semisonic’s. Lyle Lovett’s “Closing Time” is a gentle ballad, …

23-04-2013
Time to go home?

Time to go home?

When I was younger, I had a series of jobs that required me to work evenings. One job I had was working at a men’s clothing outlet, where I usually worked until closing time. Invariably, people would show up a few minutes before closing time to do their shopping. As I tried to get things straightened up for the end of the day, they would leisurely shop for pleated pants and matching sweaters, oblivious to my desire to call it a night.

Years later, I took a job waiting tables, where we’d have people show up a few minutes before closing time for late night noshing or perhaps a scrumptious dessert. Unlike a lot of my peers, I was less concerned about making an extra tip or two than I was about getting home. I seem to have been born without the business gene. Actually, those late night diners usually weren’t so bad. Many of them realized they were showing up late and we were about to close. But every once in awhile, there would be a lovestruck couple who would sit in the Garden Room of our restaurant and gaze passionately at each other while S-L-O-W-L-Y sipping their wine. They were oblivious to all the people they were holding up with their extended date. We’d stand around, side work all done, waiting for these people to pay their check. One couple was particularly clueless and our chef actually turned the lights down on them to give them a strong hint that it was time to GTFO.

Anyway, the other day I was sitting at my desk, listening to the 11,000 plus songs on my iPod, when a song from the late 1990s popped up. It was a song by Semisonic called “Closing Time”. I remembered it was played on the very last episode of the original incarnation of Melrose Place, a trashy 90s era primetime soap that I was hooked on back in the day.

The lyrics took me back to those many evening nights I waited for people to finish up and hit the road. This song brings more to mind barflies than restaurant patrons, but the sentiment is the same.

Lyle Lovett also has a song called “Closing Time”, though its mood isn’t nearly as much fun as Semisonic’s. Lyle Lovett’s “Closing Time” is a gentle ballad, with acoustic guitar and piano and Lovett’s sweet tenor. His song is more about a musician saying goodnight to an appreciative crowd and his roadies.

Speaking of appreciative songs for roadies, how about Jackson Browne’s “The Load Out”?

This is a great song to end a night to… whether you’re at one of Jackson Browne’s shows or trying to close up a restaurant.

While I’ve never heard Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger” used as a closing song, it occurs to me that it might make a good one, though I’ve always suspected this song was really about Supertramp’s Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson becoming increasingly annoyed with each other to the point of the band’s breakup.

Back in the early 90s, when I’d frequent karaoke night at a bar near my college, the karaoke jockey would signal the end of the evening by playing the theme song for Rawhide. I always thought that was pretty clever, since it got the point across without resorting to anything offensive. On the other hand, I don’t have any issues with using profanity if it’s effective. Another karaoke jockey I knew introduced me to Red Peters’ brand of comedy with this song…

The first time I heard this song, I about peed in my pants laughing. I can’t tell you how many times I had these very same thoughts running through my mind as I took care of the last stragglers sitting in my station. There’s a good reason why I don’t wait tables anymore. But I can still laugh at the memories and anyone who has spent an evening dealing with drunks or overly demanding people can relate.

If you want to be elegant about calling it a night, you could always play “Time To Say Goodbye” by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Boccelli, otherwise known as “Con te partirò”.

Personally, I’m partial to the way Red Peters does it, even at his live shows. As a side note, I once played this at a party I threw because I wanted a couple of guests to hear it. They took it as a hint that I wanted them to leave. Luckily, they later forgave me. Be very careful how you use “The Closing Song”!

And with that, I bid you adieu until my next post…

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Closing Time Till DawnRecorded by Red SovineWritten by Warren RobbG C D7 GWith wine I try to satisfy my hunger for the past CIn a bar each night I lose my mind A7 D7In a world of tinted glass G CBut the wine that brings forgetfulness GWill leave me all aloneC G D7 C GSomewhere in between closing time and dawn CThen I'm forced to face that lonely world GOutside those swingin' doors CWhere the darkness and the emptiness A7 D7Only make me miss you more G CAnd all across my tortured mind GYour memory marches onC G D7 C GSomewhere in between closing time and dawn CThen I'm forced to face that lonely world GOutside those swingin' doors CWhere the darkness and the emptiness A7 D7Only make me miss you more G CAnd all across my tortured mind GYour memory marches onC G D7 C G

Somewhere in between closing time and dawn


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After Closing Time lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it's a very good country song by George Jones and Tammy Wynette.


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After Closing Time


Recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette


Written by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, Danny Walls



G C G


Well you can find me serving drinks inside a honky tonk


D7


And I'll even play the jukebox on your dime


G C G


Sometimes I will dance with you to your favorite song


D7 G


Yeah but she'll be mine after closing time

C G


She will smile at all the men and shake her pretty hips


D7


And you can yell and say she looks so fine


G C G


But I'm not looking for a man I'm looking for them tips


D7 G


And then she'll be mine after closing time

C G


When they turn the lights out that's when I'll turn him on


D7 G


Oh she can serve me love much better than wine


C G


So when they close the doors guess who takes me home


D7 G


And she'll be mine after closing time

C G


Tomorrow night I'll still be there inside the honky tonk


D7


And I'll still play the jukebox on your dime


G C G


Yeah as long as you keep buying drinks she'll smile and lead you on


D7 G


But she'll be mine after closing time



Repeat #3

D7 G


And she'll be mine after closing time



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