English: poetry: Closing Time by Semisonic

Tutoring English, you cover poetry. The tutor brings up Semisonic’s Closing Time.

Closing Time, by Semisonic, came out in 1998. I wouldn’t take notice of it until ten years later, as I drove my kids to their activities and it would play on the radio.

While I wasn’t a fan of Closing Time, it seemed a friendly song. Its premise is relatable enough, and it’s got some clever lyrics. I just think the chorus falls short, and I like a good chorus in a song.

Over the past couple years, Closing Time speaks to me more and more. I’m like that, though: often, something has to age 20 years before I look at it seriously.

Closing Time has some clever lyrics, to be sure. The line

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here

is legendary. Personally, I like the imperfect rhyme in

So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits

In addition, I appreciate the tender empathy in the line “I hope you have found a friend.”

The line “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – I didn’t accept it at first. Believe it or not, I would often think about it, driving in the car, coming up with scenarios of new beginnings that happen from nowhere, with no simultaneous ending.

I’m not sure, even now, that when something begins, something else has to end. However, I understand that point of view.

To wrap up: while I don’t find Closing Time a catchy song, it is a feel-good song, in a melancholy way, with some smart lyrics.

BTW: Dan Wilson wrote the song.



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