"Last Living Souls" as written by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett....
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls

Take a gun
Or how you say
That's no way
To behave

But just as long you need the gear
So sing a song that doesn't sin
It grows
Hey, you know

Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last to get away
To some another day
Or do we know
Well we know
Doesn't seem to be complete
Are we

Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls
Are we the last living souls

Get up, get up, get up, get up

Cause all out of song
I got it down wrong
I see myself to get
An all-seeing door now
Can you take us in
The part that comin' on
The coldest man doesn't sing your song

We go to the car
I see you walk to the far
And when you get there do you see
You fit the last you need on me

Cause we're the last living souls
We're the last living souls
Yeah we're the last living souls
We're the last living souls


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"Last Living Souls" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThese lyrics are horribly wrong. Yeah it's hard to hear what he sings sometimes, but this is ridiculously off base. This is how I heard the lyrics:

    Are we the last living souls? x4

    Take a gun or how you say?
    That’s no way to behave
    You’re so alone
    When you begin
    To sing a song
    That doesn’t sin
    And it grows
    Hey, you know

    Are we the last living souls?
    Are we the last living souls?
    Are we the last to get away
    To a song another day
    Or do we know what we know
    Or does it seem to be conveyed that way?

    Are we the last living souls? x3
    If you’re the last living souls
    Get up, get up, get up, get up

    Lord, save me
    ‘Cause all I have sung
    I got it down wrong
    I’ve seen myself to get
    The Lord, seeing all now
    Can you take us in?
    The part that’s coming of
    The coldest man who doesn’t say it’s wrong

    When we go to the car
    I see you walk into the fog
    But when you get there, what do you see?
    You see the last, it’s you and me
    ‘Cause we’re the last living souls x4

    This whole album is kinda like a journey through a post apocalyptic world. Especially this song. But rather than literally asking if we are the last living people, I think Albarn means if we're the last generation that feels happiness, joy, love. Because we are becoming more and more apathetic and angry and hateful.
    This is kinda like the thesis of the album, he asks "Are we the last living souls?", and the rest of the album is to find out if we really are the last living souls.
    When he talks about singing and songs, I think that's a metaphor for life. "You're so alone when you begin to 'live a life' that doesn't sin." If you try to live a good life, you're alone because nobody else does it, but then "it grows", and more and more people take after you. So someone has to be first to love.
    "If you're the last living souls, get up, get up, get up" is like a hopeful encouragement to people to live life with love instead of going under.
    "'Cause all I have sung" means like all he has done in his life, "I got it down wrong" he did the wrong things in life.
    "I see you walk into the fog, but when you get there what do you see? You see the last it's you and me, 'cause we're the last living souls" The fog is when you can't see love anymore, so you realize we are the "last living souls".
    mortyman91on December 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome.

    While it's my least favorite of the three that I am listening to right now (Last Living Souls, DARE, Kids with guns) it's still very catchy and somewhat relaxing in comparison with the other songs.

    As for the meaning, it's hard to comprehend, but my guess would be that sometimes they feel like they are the only ones that do anything with there lives, and everyonce in a while you feel more important then everyone else.

    "Are we the last living souls?
    Are we the last living souls?
    Are we the last to get away to some another day?
    Do we know
    Well, we know
    Doesn't seem to be complete"
    Discoon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin the beginning of the song they ask if they are indeed the last living souls... and by the end of the song.. the seem to confirm that they are the "last living souls"

    I take it as a means of giving up and escape from those around you that have no soul (well maybe morally bankrupt is less damning).

    "Sing a song that doesn't sin" is a favorite line of mine.. it's like telling one to live a life that doesn't lie
    SavageMadroxon July 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics are wrong. its not "it dosent seem to be complete" it is "it dosent seem to be conveyed by way" its a good song to actually start up the album this is one of my favorites on Demon Days next to Feel Good Inc. and Kids with Guns. I think it kind of means that people dont act human anymore.
    beastieboyon July 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's saying that the gorillaz just might be the only ones left with any morals or at least relalize that things are wrong.-->He uses the gun as an example

    By "The coldest man doesn't see it all" i think he means that we have no idea how bad we have been because even the badest, meanest, or coldest man has seen it all. Exept the all seeing lord who we truly need the help of.

    thats just wut i cood dig up from this song.

    I also like how the album kind of tells a story cus all the songs kind of connect, like after this song he goes on to kids with guns where he furthers this idea with how we con't say no to anything.
    vanilla4000on August 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually vanilla4000 is right about the songs connecting, as all of them have to do with the rapture/armageddon because the album is titled "Demon Days".

    This song is where the people are looking for those who went to heaven, contemplating whether they're the "last living souls", which they confirm in the end.

    It could also mean those who were left after the "Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head" incident.
    Proto Cloudon August 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song sounds really sinister, but it has a cool beat at the same time!!
    Free_chipson September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me, this song has kind of a double meaning. like its painting a portrait of the last survivors of a nuclear holocaust or something, but at the same time, he's talking about morals and the like.
    Ted Bannanaon November 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbrilliant song. possibly the best on the album
    myimmortalon November 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, i think that becasue the intro right before the song contains parts from the movie "dawn of the dead" that it also kinda looks at the world as the last living souls would after a zombie break out, lol, i dunno, i just remember looking in the song credits in the booklet thingy and seeing that the intro had "dawn of the dead" music in it, and then the song after it talks about being the only ones alive, so i look at it that way, kinda an amusing way to look at it
    LordNikonon January 10, 2006   Link

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