"Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)" as written by and Zach Condon....
Come sit at the table
Under October's able skies

Once we'd seen eye to eye
I'd known that I'd pass you by
And I tried

The bells chime
Seven times
Completed at nine
The world moves slower I find

No, but I
Learned of time
By your hands

And in shadow water's end
I learned not to swim
But to lie-I
I wait for for mountain
In twenty-two third hour
I insist on doubt
We're already laying on the grass
The grass

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"Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)" as written by Zach Condon

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    General Commentyeah, okay, i'm obviously new to this site. i just rated my negative one, i guess? i don't know. whatever gets the point across.
    beepohbeepon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthanks for this. after a few listens, i'm pretty sure it's "Wait for now." it's the "T" sound from "'til" that makes it sound like anotehr word. and glass makes sense, what with the "shallow waters' end" part. cheers.
    onemillionthjoeyon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh and after Lie: "I'll wait," possibly. it sounds like he repeats the "I" sound and then goes into "I'll..." again kind of hard to hear with his singing style.
    onemillionthjoeyon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthanks, onemillion. i was surprised to find hardly any lyrics for flying club cup up on here, and decided to take matters into my own hands. only problem is that this is the only song where i could get more than a few words...
    jjjonatronon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis probably isn't right, but when I hear of this song I think of a someone talking to their parents or talking about their parents. Like learning how to swim and telling time and such. Also in the beginning it sounds like he's saying, "I don't need you anymore."
    The tittle means "Last Glass (For the Road)" I don't know, but I love this song and Beirut
    zmaster1024on May 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song. It has one of the most haunting, beautiful melodies ever.

    I know it seems stupid when people say every random song is about a relationship or relationship problems, but I do think this song is about a relationship that is sort of winding down. The english translation of the title ("Last glass(for the road)" makes me think that even more.

    "Come sit at the table
    Under October's able skies
    Once we'd seen eye to eye
    I'd known that I'd pass you by, and I tried"

    Sounds like he's literally sitting at a table with his lover, and they're having their "last glass" together. It's October and it's about to be winter (cheesy metaphor if you ask me), he's explaining to her why things aren't working, and he saw it coming.

    "The bells chime
    Seven times
    Completed at nine
    The world moves slower, I find
    No, but I
    Learned of time
    By your hands"

    He uses the image of a clock chiming while they're sitting at the table to bring up the idea of time. I'm not sure what he means by "the world moves slower, I find", but I guess it might be referring to the actual conversation they are having, or possibly how he thinks he'll perceive time after they've broken up.

    "And in shallow waters' end
    I learned not to swim, but to lie"

    I guess more obvious metaphors. Their relationship isn't that deep to him. He isn't that old, and he needs someone who will show him how to grow more as a person.

    "I'll wait for now
    'Til it's ready to burn out
    I insist on doubts
    We're already lying on the glass
    The glass "

    Summing it up: he insists on doubting that things are going to work out for them. I'm not sure what "lying on the glass" means, but I guess it could be that they are obviously in a dangerous situation.

    I love this song!
    MrNovember33on December 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is so pretty i love beirut
    sux4uuon January 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat I love most about Beirut is the ambiguity of the lyrics. Clearly it's about a relationship between people, but exactly what kind (romantic, familial, etc) is left to the perspective of the listener.

    That said, it reminds me of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being. I doubt there's any real relation between the two, but they have the same essence of time moving, the doubts, the understandings or misunderstandings between people, and the pining desire for more.
    vertigoniaon February 11, 2011   Link

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