"The Last Laugh" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh my friend
Don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh at the end
Down in the gutter with the mad old soldiers
Down in the scuppers with the drunken sailors
Down in the gutter with the mad old soldiers
But the last laugh, baby is yours
And don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh going down

Games you thought you'd learned
You neither lost nor won
Dreams have crashed and burned
But you're still going on
Out on the highway with the road gang working
Up on the mountain with the cold wind blowing
Out on the highway with the road gang working
But the last laugh, baby is yours
And don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh going down

They had you crying but you came up smiling
They had you crawling and you came up flying
They had you crying and you came up smiling
And the last laugh, baby is yours
And don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh going down
Yeah don't you love the sound
Of the last laugh going down


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"The Last Laugh" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentNot really sure what the song means, but still a great song nonetheless. Awesome duet with Van Morrison.
    FenJazzon May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLyrically, this song does what it says on the tin. Try singing it to yourself in the aftermath of some small victory or achievement, and you'll get the glow.
    ShineYouDiamondon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpeople tried to keep you down but you came out victorious anyway.
    myimaginarybandon September 24, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionI think this song talks about the persevering journey to success.

    Also, I found something in these lines:

    "Out on the highway with the road gang working
    Up on the mountain with the cold wind blowing"

    I think they refer to Daniel Boone, motivating his team to get through the forests in the Cumberland gap when they were trying to move west.
    Dorfkrugon May 30, 2013   Link

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