28. helmikuuta 2012

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

This song was originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961. But, I didn’t hear it before American grunge band, Pearl Jam, recorded it in the late 90s’. Eddie Vedder, the vocalist of the Pearl Jam, had found this old record at an antique store in Seattle. He then convinced his band mates to play the song, and it was actually played a couple of times on their 1998 tour. Later, it was recorded and released as a 1998 fan club Christmas song.

If you listen to the lyrics, you find this song very touching and sad, at the same time. And it definitely makes me cry:

”The singer borrows his father's car to take his girlfriend out on a date (on a rainy night). Driving at an obviously high rate of speed, the singer suddenly comes upon a stalled car in the road. Unable to stop, the singer swerves to the right to avoid hitting the stalled vehicle, losing control and crashing violently in the process. The crash renders both the singer and his girlfriend unconscious. The singer later regains consciousness and finds several people at the scene of the accident, but is able to find his girlfriend, still lying unconscious. When the singer cradles his girlfriend in his arms, she regains partial consciousness, smiling and asking the singer to 'hold me, darling, for a little while'. The singer then gives his girlfriend what would be their 'last kiss' as she fades into death. In the song's chorus, the singer vows to be a good boy so that he may reunite with his girlfriend when his time comes, believing she's made it into Heaven.” (Wikipedia, 28.2.2012)


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