"The Closing" as written by Benjamin David Gillies and Daniel Paul Johns....
Welcome to the closing
Not for love what for?
It's easy to be taken
But to say
Come again
Leave again
Waste of time
Come again

I'm alone while you're having fun
You have faith while I feel none
Sleep till late to waste half the day
But I'm happy to live this way

And I know that you can't see my pain
But you know that I can your pain

Me and shame are the same
Me and shame take the blame

Me and pain are the same
Me and shame take the blame


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"The Closing" as written by Ben Gillies Daniel Johns

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    General Commentgood song to finish on. it sort of rounds up all the feeling of this album, through from slave to cemetry and the rest, and concludes it all with a simple closing. seems like daniel saying "well at the end of the day, im alone while everyone out there is having fun enjoying this album ive made". He also talks about not being able to see the pain he is going through, this makes more sense now as the whole anorexia thing was following the chairs "freak" era.
    Timmon May 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaha this song defines my high school life. or at least this is one of the songs that got me through it. pretty much agree with what's been said
    Mystical_nighton March 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is kinda like a more offensive version of "Freak". Whilst "Freak" is defensive of himself saying that he is what he is, "The Closing" is saying how he doesn't conform to popularity because the whole idea of Conformity is stupid. Here's my lyrical interpretation:

    "Welcome to the closing
    Not for love what for?"

    He might've been a conformist before, and this is his 'closing'. Not because he loves it, but because it's the right thing to do.

    "It's easy to be taken
    But to say"

    I think he's pointing out that it's not hard to be prep/jock/chav, but then he questions the morality of it.

    "Come again
    Leave again
    Waste of time
    Come again"

    How conformity is the same old bullshit, and he thin's it's a 'waste of time'.

    "I'm all alone while you're having fun
    You have faith while I feel none
    Sleep till late to waste half the day
    But I'm happy to live this way"

    Basically, he's saying that being preppy may be more fun than not being, but he doesn't care because he's perfectly happy where he is.

    "And you know that you can't see my pain
    But you know that I can see your pain"

    I think that the conformists don't notice him, but he notices them, including their 'pain'.

    "Me and shame are the same
    Me and shame take the blame"

    He's being ironic by saying that anyone who isn't popular is a goth who claims to be a very shameful and evil person.

    Lyrically, this is one of Silverchair's best songs. I know that my interpretation probably isn't 100% accurate, but it's how I think it is.
    lukefunon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love everything about this song. The words, the music, the whole sound is very whole and complete. They did a great job on this one.
    ohheroineon November 30, 2007   Link

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