"This Is the Last Time" as written by and Matthew D. Berninger Bryce David Dessner....
Oh, when I lift you up
You feel like a hundred times yourself
I wish everybody knew
What's so great about you

Oh, but your love is such a swamp
You don't think before you jump
And I said I wouldn't get sucked in
I

This is the last time

Oh, don't tell anyone I'm here
I've got time and no one near
I was thinking that you'd call somebody
Closer to you

Oh, but your love is such a swamp
You're the only thing I want
And I said I wouldn't cry about it
I

This is the last time
This is the last time

We were so under the brine
We were so vacant and kind
We were so under the brine
We were so vacant

We were so under the brine
We were so out of our minds
We were so under the brine
We were so vacant

Oh, when I lift you up
You feel like a hundred times yourself
I wish everybody knew
What's so great about you

Oh, but your love is such a swamp
You don't think before you jump
And I said I wouldn't get sucked in
I

I won't be vacant anymore
I won't be waitin' anymore
I won't be vacant anymore
I won't be waitin' anymore
I won't be vacant anymore
I won't be waitin' anymore
I won't be vacant anymore
I won't be waitin' anymore

Jenny, I am in trouble
Can't get these thoughts out of me
Jenny, I'm seeing double
I know this changes everything

Jenny, I am in trouble
Can't get these thoughts out of me
Jenny, I'm seeing double
I know this changes everything


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"This Is the Last Time" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Bryce David Dessner

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  • +11
    My InterpretationI get the feeling this is about a semi-casual relationship which is good but can never last. It needs to be left behind but it's difficult cos it seems good whenever it's on.

    Each time they get together it's great - "you feel a hundred times yourself," "wish everybody knew what's so great about you" - but a long term relationship is impossible - "your love is like a swamp." Every time is amazing but is concluded with "this is the last time," but they keep getting drawn back.

    It maybe starts to become something more serious - "Oh, don't tell anyone I'm here
    I've got Tylenol and beer
    I was thinking that you'd call somebody
    Closer to you"

    This suggests to me the other person (Jenny?) has needed some help - the kind of situation which would ask for close friend or partner, and she has called him. He brings Tylenol and beer, hoping to bring a quick-fix to the problem, unlike a close friend who may offer more supportive measures. He doesn't want anyone to know so it won't seem like they're in a proper relationship. He thinks the situation would be someone else (someone closer)'s job.

    He promises he wouldn't get sucked in (fall into a more meaningful relationship) and won't cry - he knows it's technically only a casual relationship but he does have feelings for her.

    Together they are a mix of good and bad - "under prime," "vacant and kind" - and later in the song he is promising to no longer be vacant, be faking or waiting. Once he's out of the semi-casual relationship he can stop pretending not to care, or waiting for it to become something more. He can move on.

    That's just what i took from it, but it's coloured by personal experience, and the fact that Jenny/Jennifer comes up in other songs (I think?) maybe suggests a more complex story.
    bumcivilianon May 14, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationIt sounds like the main character really loves Jenny, but he knows she is bad for him... like an addiction. He promises himself he won't get "sucked" in, but when he is with her "she is 100 times herself." This is what he loves her for, and he wishes other people could see this side of her.

    When he says "don't tell anyone I'm here," I think it is because he does not want anyone to know that she has pulled him back in.

    At the end, when he says "Jenny I am in trouble," he knows he is being pulled in... and this makes "sad" because he is addicted .. again ... but living off the "high" of the addition.

    This is obviously not the last time...
    hurlson May 26, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General CommentOfficial lyrics from album sleeve:

    Oh, when I lift you up
    You feel like a hundred times yourself
    I wish everybody knew
    What's so great about you

    Oh, but your love is such a swamp
    You don't think before you jump
    And I said I wouldn't get sucked in
    This is the last time

    Oh, don't tell anyone I'm here
    I got Tylenol and beer
    I was thinking that you'd call somebody
    Closer to you

    Oh, but your love is such a swamp
    You're the only thing I want
    And I said I wouldn't cry about it
    This is the last time
    This is the last time

    We were so under the brine
    We were so vacant and kind
    We were so under the brine
    We were so vacant

    We were so under the brine
    We were so out of our minds
    We were so under the brine
    We were so vacant

    Oh, when I lift you up
    You feel like a hundred times yourself
    I wish everybody knew
    What's so great about you

    Oh, but your love is such a swamp
    You don't think before you jump
    And I said I wouldn't get sucked in

    I won't be vacant anymore
    I won't be waiting anymore
    I won't be vacant anymore
    I won't be waiting anymore

    Jenny, I am in trouble
    Can't get these thoughts out of me
    Jenny, I'm seeing double
    I know this changes everything

    It takes a lot of pain to pick me up
    It takes a lot of rain in the cup

    Baby you gave me bad ideas
    Baby you left me sad and high
    flamebroiledchickenon June 09, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentUrgh! It's

    "I've got Tylenol and beer" not "I've got time and no one's near."

    The latter is hyper-cliché, the former much more evocative.
    acc1990on May 27, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSo far my favorite song on the album. I won't be vacant anymore.
    fatharooon May 12, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song remind me of Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. The characters in that movie always come back toghether and the girl is like that ''jenny'' in the song:100 times her self xD

    Sorry for my english ^^''
    Phunkeyon June 11, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIs that Sharon Van Etten singing at the end - "It takes a lot of pain to pick me up?" Very cool finish to this song.
    MrNovmbron May 31, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song, for me, always sounded like a break up where one person can't let go. The narrator has been doing his own thing and doing it alone for a while, after coming out of a great relationship that for some reason or another ended. But the ex keeps calling, and they were happy together, i.e. "when I lift you up you feel like a hundred times yourself. i wish everybody knew what's so great about you." both care about each other but it's over, and she keeps calling him asking for more, and the narrator is surprised that he was her choice, which is the line "I was thinking that you'd call somebody closer to you."
    The rest of the song sounds like the bad decisions he's made with her and how he can't seem to get unstuck from the swamp that is her love. he's always sucked back in, saying that this is the last time every single time.
    the lines "I won't be vacant/waiting anymore" sound like he's been putting his entire life on hold in case she calls. he's been vacant in his own life waiting for her, and he's just getting sick of it, but he can't seem to stop, which is when he acknowledges that he's in trouble and he can't get rid of the thoughts of their relationship.
    That's just my idea. I love this song. whole album really is amazing.
    mr. Novemberon October 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInsofar as their songs go, the meaning of this one is rather apparent. I'll be succinct. Jenny is his current partner, and his paramour - a more recent and perhaps truer love - is spoken to or about, yet nameless. It's confessional. He speaks what he wishes to communicate to both objects of his love but hasn't been able to actually deliver to either.

    "Jenny, I am in trouble. I can't get these thoughts out of me. Jenny, I'm seeing double. I know this changes everything." He can't escape thoughts of the paramour and likely doesn't want to do so. He's seeing double (both of them mentally and corporeally) and the desired confession will alter everything irrevocably. His love has a quotient: it is divisible, with always incomparable, disproportionate equivalencies.
    Harvardon March 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think swap should be swamp
    Horsefeatherson May 16, 2013   Link

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