"Last Call" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Last Call
He was sick of it all
Asleep at home
Told you off and goodbye

Well you know one day it'll come to haunt you
That you didn't tell him quite the truth
You're a crisis
You're an icicle

You're a tongueless talker
You don't care what you say
You're a jaywalker and you just just walk away
And that's all you do

The clap of the fading out sound of your shoes
Made him wonder who he thought that he knew
Last call
He was sick of it all

The endless stream of reminders
Made him so sick of you sick of you sick of you
Sick of your sound
Sick of you coming around

Trying to crawl under my skin
When I already shed my best defense
It comes out all around that you won
And I think I'm all done

You can switch me off safely
While I'm lying here waiting for sleep to overtake me
Yeah yeah you're still here but just check to make sure
All you aspired to do was endure

You can't ask for more ask for more
Knowing you'll never get that which you ask for
So you cast your shadow everywhere like the man in the moon
You start to drink you just want to continue

It'll all be yester year soon
You start to drink you just want to continue
It'll all be yester year soon
Church bells and now I'm awake and I guess it must be some kind of holiday

I can't seem to join in the celebration
But I'll go to the service
And I'll go to pray
And I'll sing the praises of my maker's name

Like I was as good as she made me
And I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me

I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
I'm lying here waiting for sleep to overtake me


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"Last Call" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General Commentim probably wrong, but in the wholelast verse, i think that elliott's refering to god as a woman, which for me seems like such an elliott thing to do....i dont know, like i said, im probably wrong...
    cyanidebreathminton October 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song...makes me feel deppressed and pretty...like a runway model.
    rockstar001on March 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think part of the beauty of this song is how it begins so detached, using third person pronouns ("him") and then midway it becomes more personal using the "i"s. his loneliness becomes so much more clear and tragic.
    eyes like julyon December 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually its "lying here waiting for sleep to overtake me"
    i really love this song, the way elliott's voice meshes with the rhythm he plays.
    it's just like..
    WOW.

    i kind of get the feeling it's about suicide as well, but jesuisunerockstar makes sense about how it could be a relationship.
    myxangelxelliotton September 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm...let's see...
    it's about someone having hardships at home, problems with his family. the family is really strict and religious.
    the last repeated lines can have the double meaning of not wanting to be awoken *ever* (desire to be dead) and the purely physical sleep (caused by drinking caused by depression so that we can go back to the wanting to be dead point.)
    you know when you were a teenager and sometimes you didn't want to go to school and would have rather be sleeping (maybe even forever), but your mother woke you up?

    Last Call could be referred to drinks, or to someone calling someone for the last time (in his life) or for the last time (as in, this is the last time! next time don't count on me!)

    So we have the realistic and the symbolic perfectly put together.
    dorareeveron July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah elliott tended to do that a lot in his songs, start in third and change it to first, or the other way around, or go back and fourth. He knew how to create a story in your head. This song is beautiful. At first listen i felt it was just anger and wanting to just be left alone to sleep for as long as you want (or to sleep forever). But the alcohol thing makes sense when reading the lyrics. Beautiful damn lyrics too.. I can say that these lines have so much behind them for me..
    I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
    I'm lying here waiting for sleep to over take me
    for me it describes my imsomnia perfectly, i have felt those lines much too much for far to many years. I love this song.
    lisalynnon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought that Roman Candle was like a story
    and it went through the introduction of the characters background with his relatives (roman candle) and how he was dealing with abuse. and then all the no names are him dealing with his life the best that he can, drive all over town is about him in a cheating relationship. and last call is him just going...fuck this. there is no point. and kiwi maddogg 20/20 is just a set of beautiful closing music. I could be dead wrong in this theory but thats just my opinion
    the_gondola_manon March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can see that gondola man, good point. i love the "church bells..." section of this, its so existential....he is so detatched from the whole situation and just watching and going along with it despite the fact that it means nothing to him......................RIP
    badgeon May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sound to me like his better half is getting the best of him, and he'd rather just have that side he dosen't understand go to sleep and be over with. "I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me." This whole song could be about one huge internal conflict with the sucessfull and sad Elliot Smiths. Thats what I see when I read those lyrics and apply them to my life. So sad... but what an awesome song... what a great gift he had to share with us.
    triciaagogoon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe end of the song always made me think of someone who is depressed and doesn't feel like they live up to other people's expectations ("Church bells and now I'm awake and I guess it must be some kind of holiday/I can't seen to join in the celebration" "Like I was as good as she made me") but still pretends that everything is okay ("But I'll go to the service/And I'll go to pray/And I'll sing the praises of my maker's name"). And the last lines, "I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me," i think is that person really wanting not to die, but just to be finally peaceful.

    love and other indoor sports.
    FaBotHon August 26, 2005   Link

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