Closing Time

Album: Feeling Strangely Fine (1998)
Charted: 25 11
  • Closing time
    Open all the doors and let you out into the world
    Closing time
    Turn all of the lights up over ev'ry 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 you sisters come
    So gather up your jackets, and 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 Writer/s: Dan Wilson
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Fanograss from IllinoisAlso in an American Dad episode
  • King Bazaar from Maryland Heights, Mo"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" was cliche long before this song came out
  • Tom Smith from New York, NyYou could not be more wrong about the 'double meaning'. Dan told an audience - very famously - what the song was about. He even kept his bandmates in the dark.
  • AnonymousPlease update the fourth line of the lyrics to "Turn all of the lights up over ev'ry boy and every girl". This lyrically follows the first line of 14 beats - with the stutter of the word "and". Makes this most beautiful song eve more melodious
  • Brian from Clio, MiThis is an amazing song! What is even more amazing is that anyone could say they don't like it! My guess is that those who claim not to like it are not yet parents. The song was originally written with the birth of the songwriters first born child. The lyrics came from different sources all relating to him in someway. One line in the refrain makes complete sense and all of the others just seem to fill in. That line says"every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end." Listen to the song carefully and you will understand the lyrics involving birth and being parents. You will also understand the bar scene, but think about those lyrics and the entire meaning of life! I am not sure if Dan Wilson meant for these lyrics to mean so much and be so strong, but don't those nine words relate to every single thing that happens in our lives everywhere. Everything has a beginning and everything has an end. Everything! Including life and death. Think of every beginning and every end in your life. Did Dan Wilson mean for it to be that deep? I don't know and he might tell, but if nothing else it is deep and truthful! I know in my life that "every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end." That applies to happy and sad. Life and death! That isn't so deep, or is it???
  • Don from Manville, NjMoron that I am, I heard this song when I was thinking about leaving my first wife for someone I'd been attracted to for years. The every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end, convinced me that as one relationship ended another could begin. What an f.....g mistake that turned out to be.
  • Justing from Orlando , FlI think it has to do with both. It's about a bar in a literal sense and birth in the metaphorical sense.
  • John from Missoula, MtThis song gained some popularity at Major League ballparks for a while when the 9th inning pitcher, aka "the Closer", would come into the game to try and save the game. It didn't last long in this role as most closers want a rockin' song to pump them up ("Enter Sandman" for example) as they warm up and this song doesn't fit that bill.
  • Emera from Syracuse, NyIt actually does make sense if you have any desire to look into the lyrics. Not to mention this lyric: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end". The new beginning being birth and the 'other beginning's end' being death. There's an old saying/wive's tale/whatever you want to call it that when one person dies, another is born, so this line makes sense.
  • Richard from Avon, InAs a late baby boomer/cusper, I don't listen to a lot of music from the 1990s or 2000s. But this was one I really liked. I thought I'd read it was a metaphor for graduating from college. Makes much more sense lyrically that way.
  • Kevin from Lexington, OhOk people. Some of you obviously don't fully understand this song......Open all the doors and let you out into the world means exiting the womb. Secondly turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl means the begining of life. ONE LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL SO FINISH YOUR WHISKEY OR BEER MEANS WHEN PREGNANT ITS BEST FOR THE CHILD IF THE MOTHER FINISHES (STOPS) CONSUMING WHISKEY OR BEER. The Child doesn't have to go home but he/she can't stay here (as in the womb). Time for you to go out to the places you will be from means exactly that. This room won't be open till your brothers or your sisters come (as in the womb won't be open till another pregnancy). DUH! any questions?!?!?!?!?!
  • Brennan from Westhampton, NyYo wtf? Number 1 this is a good song. Number 2 how can you say what it was inspired by is weird? Having a kids is one of the biggest things that happens to a person, you try having a kid and see if it phases you at least a little bit. Number 3 maybe if you tried really listening to it you'd get it. Its deeper than just a song. I mean c'mon have some class and sum balls!
  • Jenny from West Hills, CaThis is one of the worst songs to ever hit the radios! Instant radio change when this comes on!
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Payea what song was inspired from is kinda weird...but you can't deny its a good song....huge hit of the 90's
  • Darrell from EugeneThe ONLY good thing about this song is that it was covered, albeit in part on Weird Al Yankovic's polka track on "Running with Scissors". One more thing: What does last-call time in a bar have to do with some guy's kid being born? I don't get it.
  • Jack from Hamilton, New ZealandThis has got to be one of the most pathetic songs I've heard. Nothing makes me switch to ipod quicker!
  • James from Bridgeport, CtPerhaps Semisonic is technically a one hit wonder, but this is certainly not their only good song.

    "Chemisty" "Over my Head" and "Singing in my Sleep" are some of their other great songs.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnWhy is this listed as a hidden track? It was the first song on the disc, for crying out loud!
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