"Last Dance" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
To see how we're ending our last dance together
Expectant too punctual but
Prettier than ever
I really believed that this time it's forever

But older than me now more constant more real
And the fur and the mouth and the innocence
Turned to hair and contentment that hangs in
Abasement a woman now standing where once
There was only a girl

I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
The walking through walls in the heart of December
The blindness of happiness
Of falling down laughing
And I really believed that this time was forever

But Christmas falls late now flatter and colder
And never as bright as when we used to fall
All this in an instant before I can kiss you
A woman now standing were once there was only a girl

I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
To see how we're ending our last dance together
Reluctantly cautiously but
Prettier than ever I really believed
That this time it's forever

But Christmas falls late now, flatter and colder
And never as bright as when we used to fall
And even if we drink I don't think we would kiss
In the way that we did when the woman was only a girl


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"Last Dance" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Boris Williams

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  • +3
    General CommentI am not going to repeat what you all already said, but wanted to mention that in the beggining he say "I really believed this time was for ever" probably talking about being with her when he was younger and then in the end "I really believe that this time is for ever" he must talk about not being with her anymore now it is forever
    keldormon October 26, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI rather think the believe-believed thing is about the first feeling of seeing someone again and relive that passion (I really believe), but then realizing that things have changed and understanding that it's not possible anymore (I really believed)
    The fact that he begins with "I'm so glad" makes this song even more sad to me.
    ImaginaryFriendon April 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRegret and nostalgia.

    He's with a person that he's still wildly in love with--but she's not the same person anymore. And while he remembers over and over how much fun they had and how beautiful she was--and still is--he knows that he can never recreate that love and passion they had then.

    It's about regretting change and missing the past.
    powertrashon December 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt makes me think about seeing a past love after so many years and having all those past feelings come flooding back. At the same time that those feelings come back he can't help but notice how time has changed them and the passion they shared. He wants to kiss her and feel as if nothing has changed but he knows it can never happen.

    Looking at some of the lines like "And the fur and the mouth and the innocence" "The blindness of happiness
    Of falling down laughing" makes me think this past love was from teenage years.
    FaLLn2pEiCeSon August 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. just about the great times he had with this girl. and how he sees her now after some odd years and now she's older. probably mentally older. and he still thinks she's beautiful. but the fact that she's 'older', he can't get over the fact that she changed and moved on probably. and in the end, he wants things to be how they used to be between him and her, but unfortunately they can't.
    "And never as bright as when we used to fall
    And even if we drink
    I don't think we would kiss in the way that we did"
    just pretty much says that, she's changed
    and he must move on
    "when the woman, was only a girl..."
    how she used to be..
    such a sad song. i love it
    def_linuson April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. just about the great times he had with this girl. and how he sees her now after some odd years and now she's older. probably mentally older. and he still thinks she's beautiful. but the fact that she's 'older', he can't get over the fact that she changed and moved on probably. and in the end, he wants things to be how they used to be between him and her, but unfortunately they can't.
    "And never as bright as when we used to fall
    And even if we drink
    I don't think we would kiss in the way that we did"
    just pretty much says that, she's changed
    and he must move on
    "when the woman, was only a girl..."
    how she used to be..
    such a sad song. i love it
    def_linuson April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had this as a quote to start my first novel (The Fur) but it was going to cost too much in permission fees. I'm not sure what the fur means to the singer... is it that she was once soft like a cat? Or is it pubic hair (ie a sign of her growing up)? Or is it that she used to wear cute fur clothing, but now she's more sophisticated?
    henryfoolon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful. it's so sad, rob looking at a girl and realizing how much 'older' she's become, if not physically, mentally.

    i don't really get the fur either.
    in_the_secret_showon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI imagine a meeting between me and an old girlfriend that I was with almost 3 years - a decade back. I don’t know anything about her now. But we both would be much more grown up now - totally different in a positive way I do guess too. Melancholy, lost opportunities, a part of my life lived and gone.
    JASGripenon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have always loved this song. I think it might be loosely based on another children's book - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… - just because of some of the lyrics, but haven't managed to get this theory verified at all...
    non vintageon September 22, 2007   Link

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