"Last to Know" as written by and Neil Mullane Finn Wendy Melvoin....
I went down the track, made the wrong turn
Finished up where I started
Noticed a change come over me
Fell in love with my own reflection, yeah

How does it feel beneath your own wheel?
Feel like an accident waking up
Under a bus with my fingers crossed
Now is the time we could make it up

So, you lost the fear, it wasn't that bad
Left to your own devices, yeah
Still a young girl, eyes on the clock
Tick like a motor running out

Magnets and words up on the fridge
Speak to the poet in all of us
I missed the page that you thought about

Drew in the frost on the windowpane
And who I wonder could fail to notice
The aching silence come down
I'm humbled now

I hope you might come back
In your own time
Left to your own devices

And so, that's how it goes
Never the first, always the last to know



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"Last To Know" as written by Wendy Melvoin Neil Mullane Finn

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    General CommentNeil has stated that this song's about being so far up himself that he's the last to realise he's spouting crap (or words to that affect.)

    "Fell in love with my own reflection, yeah" really establishes that.

    "How does it feel beneath your own wheel?
    Feel like an accident waking up
    Under a bus with my fingers crossed" - the imagery of suddenly realising that he's running himself over with the vehicle he thought he was driving.

    "Still a young girl, eyes on the clock
    Tick like a motor running out" - This could be about his wife, or perhaps sister, who in his self-occupation he didn't fully respect the wisdom of- still seeing her as a "young girl."


    "Magnets and words up on the fridge
    Speak to the poet in all of us
    I missed the page that you thought about"

    There is poetry all around us, like in those words people stick to their fridges and combine to make weird sentences. Neil realises that he's not so special or privileged in his poetry.

    "And who I wonder could fail to notice
    The aching silence come down
    I'm humbled now"

    He finally realised what everybody else had realised a while ago- he may be an amazing singer/songwriter, but he can be a bit of a dick.

    "I hope you might come back
    In your own time
    Left to your own devices"

    He hopes that someone he has hurt will forgive him, but he knows he cannot force the issue.

    "And so, that's how it goes
    Never the first, always the last to know"
    Perhaps he knows he hasn't changed, he's still got this character flaw, he's been humbled once but he'll do it again and be humbled again.


    An amazingly introspective, and quite harsh, but at the same time universally understandable, song. One of my favourites.
    maikeuon October 26, 2015   Link

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