"Always The Last To Know" as written by and Justin Currie....
So you're in love with someone else
Someone who burns within your soul
And it looks like I am the last to know
I hear you've never felt so alive
So much desire beyond control
And as usual I am the last to know

The last to know
How you're feeling
The last to know
Where you are

The last to know
If you're happy now
Or if he's treating you, like I treated you
Or if he's cruel
I'll be the last to know

We spent summers up beyond the bay
And you said these are such prefect days
That if the bomb drops baby
I want to be the last to know

But now you're living up behind the hill
And though we share the same city and feel the same sun
When your winter comes
I'll be the last to know

Always the last to know
How you're feeling
The last to know
Where you are

The last to know
If you're happy now
Or if he's pleading with you, like I pleaded with you
If you go, don't let me be the last to know
Don't let me be the last to know

Creations gone crazy

The TV's gone mad

Now you're the only sane thing that I have

Always the last to know
How you're feeling
The last to know
Where you are

The last to know
If you're happy now
Or if he's cheating on you, like I cheated on you
Oh, oh, oh

You were the last to know
You were the last to know
Don't let me be the last to know


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"Always the Last to Know" as written by Justin Currie

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    General CommentI like the fact that, at least in this song, the thing he's most worried about is being 'the last to know'. That he's concerned about whether she's 'happy now', or whether 'he's cruel'.

    I think it takes a really special person to be able to feel that way after a relationship - to show they care (rather than acting like they never cared), but also to not smother the other person with their feelings. To have genuine concern that isn't about them trying to make the relationship work again.

    But like Fein Mess said, the fact that he cheated kinda ruins it... =(
    MonkeysLoveBananason May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm very familiar with this situation. You're in a long term relationship with someone, and when it ends and break communication it's a shock to your system because you've been used to being that person's confidant. Now you only hear about her from mutual friends, and you're always the last to now about her life.

    I recently found out that my ex of 3 years is moving in with her current boyfriend. We've only been broken up for 2 months.
    Doc_42on June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is like a movie that throws you for a loop at the end, ala The Sixth Sense. You feel sorry for the writer throughout the whole song because he leads the listener to believe that that he was always the last to know about certain things in their relationship and that the writer/singer ended the relationship because he was always "the last to know" what was happening. But then the kicker at the end reveals that he was cheating on her and that she most likely ended the realationship.
    Fein Messon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits 'when your winter comes' rather than 'words are calmest', and 'you were .. the last to know' twice at the end. think its the only sane thing.. 'that i have' rather than 'ive had' but not sure.

    great song. dont think youre meant to get an impression of him ending the relationship because he was the last to know, rather thats what it changed to afterwards, as doc said. end still feels ironic though, is nice twist.
    cherseon July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't agree that the twist at the end ruins it - in fact it's the opposite; instead of being yet another boring song about a how awful it is to break-up it illustrates an interesting point. Until you get to the revelation of his infidelity you think that the song is about how he feels alone and disempowered, with no part to play in her life any more. You sympathise with his self-pity. Then you find out that the reason he is alone, and the reason why he doesn't have any part in her life is because he threw it all away. It's all his fault, he effectively chose it to be this way, and now he's complaining because he is on the sidelines.

    That's how it happens in real life, baby.
    Phonophobeon May 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's a great song not just because it's touching and has a nice melody hook, but because it is bitingly honest and confessional. It does lead you through a bit of deception, feeling sorry for the writer as though he has lost his lover and he was "the last to know", but the final stanza makes it clear that it is a confessional.

    All along, *she* feared she would be the one to get hurt (... "if the bomb drops, baby, I want to be the last to know"). And indeed, that's just what happened. He cheated on her and ruined it.

    And now he gets it. He understands what it's like to no longer have any right to know what she's doing, how she's feeling. Even if he's sorry, and even if he wishes her well or would be genuinely concerned if her new mate is being bad to her (all of these are ideas expressed in the verses), he no longer has any right to those feelings.

    It's much deeper and more powerful than just "cheating" or "losing your girlfriend". It's the idea that when we give up the power to be close to somebody, even to be good to them or help them, we have lost a lot more than just a "girlfriend". We have lost a bit of ourselves. He traded away a bit of his soul by cheating on her.

    Heavy stuff, and darn true. People are precious things.
    mmagliaroon April 15, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is simply a good song. There's nothing flashy about its sounds or lyrics but I think it is good in its own way.

    Now what I want to know is how come there's no Stone Cold Sober posted!!??? There's a lot to be discussed in terms of lyric in that song!! Someone post that already!!
    focus007on October 17, 2009   Link

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