"Closing Time" as written by and Dan Wilson....
Closing time
Open all the doors and let you 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 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


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"Closing Time" as written by Dan Wilson

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  • +9
    General Commentit means its closing time so get the hell out
    Kpizzleon December 12, 2001   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI think this song is about trying to stay young forever but ultimately haveing to realize that you are an adult and you cant spend your whole life as an iresponsible kid
    spydermunkie101on September 24, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think it's about graduating from Highschool, or College. Something like that. "Gather up your jackets, move it to the exits - I hope you have found a friend." It's like your finally leaving, and leaving your friends and stuff. And the last call for alcohol thing is like you can't be a kid anymore; partying and stuff with booze.
    Dark_The_7thon August 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter's recent memoir So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star, he explains that Dan Wilson wrote the song in expectation of becoming a father -- that the song is about being ejected from the womb as though from a bouncer at a bar.

    So there you have it. It works as being about the bar closing and as a birth metaphor. Although the song was used by many high schools as a prom/graduation theme (as Slichter details in the book), it is not about graduation.

    Incidentally, Slichter's book is a fascinating look at the music industry, in all its glory and corruption, and how it dealt Semisonic some poor hands. I strongly recommend the book.
    Eamonon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThis song uses a bar as a metaphor for the end of something that you don't want to end. This can be anything, high school, college, a stage in your live, even a relationship to some extent. But it says that without something ending, nothing can start and its time to move on to bigger and better things. Drunks like being in a bar and they don't want closing time to come, but it will eventually and they have to use that as an opportunity to move onto bigger and better things.
    stevenlourieon March 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe line "Every new begining comes from some other beginings end" sums up exactly what this song is about.

    It's a simple song about life. When one chapter ends another one springs up. You have to take advantage of the little chances.
    MarkiePon May 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo song is just about getting out of a bar...."Closing time - one last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer." that line is the call when you can't buy anymore booze in a bar, you gotta finish what you got and get out!

    "So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits - I hope you have found a friend." - well this line pretty much tells the whole story itsself....bitch!
    keve007on June 04, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think maybe (Jeannie said) it is a metaphor for graduation! Well it is a really great song anyways! :)
    Dprincess1220on July 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the song should mean whatever you want it to.
    Not getting too philosophical here, but I am sure writers didn't intend a 100% pure meaning for the song.
    Expand the mind, imagine.

    Personally I believe that this song represents growing up, leaving high school, etc.
    Feeling nostalgic for the past, but at the same time awaiting the adventure that is bound to come in your life ahead.

    nzbf01on April 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentha... and you spelled "retarded" wrong.
    RiversnLeaveson May 25, 2002   Link

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