Let the waitress put the chairs up, let the glasses that she broke form a picture of our leader with a halo made of smoke. Let the Golden Oldies station crackle and come through with a final benediction we'll hum along to, before we say goodnight. Let our talk about the ballgame and the weather show we care, like a sound we didn't notice until it stopped and left us there with the traffic and our heartbeats beating in straight time. Let our hatred and affection march in the same line, before we say goodnight. Oh, protect our secret handshake. Once more, with feeling, let the toast to absent members push through the ceiling, before we say goodnight.


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    General Commenti cant believe that no one has commented on this song. its phenomenal. the weakerthans are out of this world. reconstruction site, left and leaving, and fallow are all great!!
    claviclekisseron June 11, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Let our talk about the ballgame and the weather show we care, like a sound we didn't notice until it stopped and left us there "

    It's really amazing how Sampson uses metaphores like this that relate to a universal experience that most of us never think twice about.
    trotskion September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIm always amazed when i listen to the Weakerthans, every song makes me think about something new that I draw from one of Sampsons songs!
    eyesuckinkon December 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthas anyone seen the video tho this song. its almost as awsome as the song itself! it comes in a dvd when you buy punkoramma vol. 9 . the eight dollars it costs is more than worth the weakerthans video alone!
    stereo fanon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah i saw this video online...i love this song...i think its about living in a shallow moment but its still so meaningful...that makes sense to me
    punkassportz88on February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it might be about break-ups or something. All the signs are there, it's right in the name! Psalm for the Elk's Lodge Last Call, the last call could be a couple breaking up and going their own separate ways. He could be trying to say that they should enjoy all those small things before they say good night, or break-up. But what the hell do I know, I'm just a 15 year old who has seen a lot in those years, I could be wrong, or I could be right...
    victoryguy11on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment...another beautiful song by one of my favorite canadian bands of all time. The title of the song itself explains the entire song and it is about the closing of a club and its members saying they're last goodbyes to each other knowing that they might not see each other again as well as the club.
    WeeklyOwnageon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Let the waitress put the chairs up, let the glasses that she broke form a picture of our leader with a halo made of smoke."

    An obvious biblic refrence, but does anyone know what to? This song could have something to do with the last supper?
    bakoon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about two old friends meeting up in small dinner. In keeping with the theme of this album I'd say that the both of them have met under the circumstance of the death of somebody they knew (the person in Manifest, Hospital Vespers and Past Due). These two friends can't seem to find much to talk about now and perhaps never did get along that well but the singer notes that before the say goodnight the raise a grant toast for the departed one.
    Cyberghoston August 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMassive freemasons metaphor running through this. See: 'Oh, protect our secret handshake...' and the references to members and the leader. I don't think it's literal; more of a character like in Pamphleteer. Given that Samson was in Propagandhi at a time when they had a song that repeated 'Fuck religion' over and over, I don't get the feeling he believes in a supreme being, which is a requisite for membership. I suppose that song's more of an attack of organised religion than believe in a supreme being though.

    I interpret the whole thing personally as just romanticising hanging out with your friends, in Samson's brilliantly quirky style.
    Haanzon March 01, 2011   Link

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