Artist: Semisonic

Closing Time – Semisonic

SemisonicSemisonic is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995. The band consists of three members: Dan Wilson (lead vocals, guitar), John Munson (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboard), and Jacob Slichter (drums, percussion, keyboard). They are perhaps best known for their 1998 hit single “Closing Time”.

Closing Time

At first look, the song appears to take place in a pickup bar as noted by the following lines:

One last call for alcohol
So finish your whiskey or beer

You don’t have to go home
But you can’t stay here

So gather up your jackets
Move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend

However, the book So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star by Semisonic’s drummer Jacob Slichter indicates that it is, instead, about being born: the place that is closing is the womb, and the mention of alcohol is a reference to pregnant women not drinking. This can be seen in the lines:

Time for you to go out to the places you will be from

This room won’t be open ’til your brothers or your sisters
come

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Closing time – time for you to go out, go out into the world.
Closing time – turn the lights up 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 back 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’send.

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 back 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…

  • Audio from the 1998 album,  Feeling Strangely Fine:

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