"Last Dance Rodeo" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
Your lungs fill up with concrete
Her voice is all you can hear
Red lips and a screwdriver
Wrapped around some mink-clad smear
And you know that she's a diamond
In this damn jukebox hell
'Cause fools gold only fools fools
In two-bit hotels.
But she's cooler than all that
She's a real high-class cat
She's queen of the last dance rodeo.

But under the gas lamp
The air is thick and velvety
Your bones filled with hunger
Your heart filled with longing
You're no longer human
You're an insatiable hole.
You wanna bury your face forever
In the navel of her soul
'Cause you know

All you need is a heart to call home
All you need is a heart to call home
That's all.

Light bulbs, and nylons
And plastic chandeliers
Objects are only objects,
They can't feel when you're near
And tangerine lips
And lily-white breasts
These things are eternal
Inside them humanity rests.
The skin is like a seashell
You listen to the soul
Like an old-time radio show.

But under the gas lamp
The air is thick and velvety
Your bones filled with hunger
Your heart filled with longing

You're no longer human
You're an insatiable hole.
You wanna bury your face forever
In the navel of her soul
'Cause you know

All you need is a heart to call home
That's all.

But don't wander too far
On one constant star
Darkness exists, except where you are
Your feet are filled with wandering
They follow your own
'Cause everywhere you are
Feels like home.
So search all you miners
You hunters of dreams
Look in the alleyways
For what you know is not what it seems
And fame, all you maidens,
It don't exist too long
But at least look behind you
And see your own shadow's gone
Don't you know it's the last rodeo
You gotta find yourself a cowboy
Or someone to keep you
Warm when it snows

But under the gas lamp
The air is thick and velvety
Your bones filled with hunger
Your heart filled with longing
You're no longer human
You're an insatiable hole.
You wanna bury your face forever
In the navel of her soul
'Cause you know

All you need is a heart to call home
All you need is a heart
All you need is a heart to call home


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"Last Dance Rodeo" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    General CommentI think this is one of the best lyrically driven songs of hers. The words are absolutly beautiful.
    jewel20on July 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is just beautiful. It makes me feel so sad and lonely. I think it's about needing to have somebody when you're older. It's no longer about fun love, but a companion.
    SisKittenon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song by jewel.
    In fact, my favorite song ever.

    Anyway, here's my full analysis:

    Your lungs fill up with concrete
    Her voice is all you can hear
    Red lips and a screwdriver
    Wrapped around some mink-clad queer
    And you know that she's a diamond
    In this damned jukebox hell
    'Cause only fools' gold fools fools
    In two-bit hotels
    But she's cooler than all that
    A real high-class cat
    Queen of the last dance rodeo

    I think this part is about Jewel herself getting up on stage in front of all the men back in Alaska. Everybody is immediately entranced by her voice and feel a longing for an angel of their own.

    But under the gaslamp the air is thick and velvetine
    Your bones fill with hunger
    Your heart fills with longing

    Things are getting serious at this time in your life, and it's time to find somebody to love, something real.

    You're no longer human, you're an insatiable hole
    You wanna bury your face forever in the navel of her soul
    'Cause you know
    All you need is a heart to call home
    All you need is a heart to call home
    That's all

    Simple. The only thing you need in your life is a heart that you can call your home.

    Light bulbs and nylons and plastic chandeliers
    Objects are only objects
    They can't feel when you're near
    And tangerine lips and lily-white breasts
    These things are eternal
    Inside them humanity rests
    Her skin is like a seashell
    You listen to her soul
    Like an old-time radio show

    It's time to realize that everything superficial and material in your life isn't going to cut it anymore, not when you could have an actual human being as a companion.

    Don't wander too far
    My one constant star
    Darkness exists except where you are
    My feet are filled with wandering
    They follow your own
    'Cause everywhere you are feels like home

    Easily my favorite part of the song, especially the music that follows it. Here Jewel is speaking out about the person she loves and how he is her home.

    So search all you miners
    You hunters of dreams
    Look in the alleyways
    For what you know is not what it seems
    And feign all you maidens
    But don't resist too long
    Least you look behind you
    And see your own shadow is gone
    Don't you know it's the last rodeo?
    You gotta find yourself a cowboy
    Someone to keep you warm when it's cold

    Everybody - Understand that this is your last chance to find a love to warm your heart for the rest of your life.

    The song name Last Dance Rodeo has to do with the idea that this is the last dance of the evening, it's your last chance to ask that special someone for a dance.

    Spectacular song.
    artist in disguiseon December 15, 2008   Link

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