You Wouldn't Listen At This 90s Song The Same Way Again After Reading This Shocking Revelation!


The song Closing Time by Semisonic is quite popular from the late 90s up to early 2000s. It was one of the band’s most popular, if not the most popular song written by their lead vocalist Dan Wilson. The song was nominated for the Grammys for the best rock song in 1999. It also reached number one on the Modern Rock Tracks.



You probably heard this song being played on many bars at their last/final hour of serving time. When this music is played, all people know that it’s indeed the CLOSING TIME of that bar or establishment. Well, the lyrics quite say it all right?

According to an interview with Dan Wilson:
This remains a popular song at bars when they are ready to pack it up. There is no mistaking the message: "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here." Semisonic vocalist and songwriter Dan Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2010 interview: "I really thought that that was the greatest destiny for 'Closing Time,' that it would be used by all the bartenders, and it was actually. It still is. I run into people all the time who tell me, Oh I worked in this one bar for four years and I heard your song every single night."
Most people, including me, see this song as a bar song intended to end a gathering or to literally close an establishment that serves alcohol. But after hearing what this song is really about from the writer itself, Dan Wilson, my views literally changed and I surely won’t listen to this song the same way again. The meaning behind the lyrics is really powerful especially if you are a parent or expecting parent for your first born.

Wilson wrote the song when his wife was pregnant with their first child, their daughter Coco.

"It's all about being born and coming into the world, seeing the bright lights, cutting the cord, opening up into something deeper and more universal," Wilson told Mojo.
"I was initially trying to write a song to end the Semisonic shows with. We had always ended with a song called 'If I Run,' and I really liked it a lot. John and Jake, the other two members of the band, were always impatient with ending the show with the same song. So I set out to write a new closer for the set, and I just thought, 'Oh, closing time.' Because all the bars that I would frequent in Minneapolis, they would yell out 'closing time.' There was one bar where a guy always would scream really loud, 'You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here,' and I guess that always stuck in my mind.
So I started writing this song and it's just, 'Okay, you've got to go out into the light, make your way home, or wherever you're going to be.' Part way into the writing of the song, I realized it was also about being born. My wife and I were expecting our first kid very soon after I wrote that song. I had birth on the brain, I was struck by what a funny pun it was to be bounced from the womb."

Here’s the video of Dan Wilson performing "Closing Time" at his 25th reunion at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. Skip to the 3:44 mark to listen to his CLOSING TIME revelation.

26 comments:

Claudine The Zamboangue├▒a said...

Oh, I love this song! We never fail to sing this whenever we have gatherings in the office.

sanna velasco said...

The song brings back highschool memories. It was one of my fave to play in the guitar.

Nilyn EC Matugas said...

I've never heard of Semisonic before but I know the song Closing Time! I thought it was sung by Justin Timberlake! Lol! Now, I know. I'm actually playing it in youtube commenting on this right now. hehe.

Mas said...

Always good to know the story behind a song. Gives it more meaning.

Raquel said...

Oh, I love this song...it's too slow and it's easy to go with a ride.

Gil Camporazo said...

I like the tune of the song. It is, of course, an ideal for a closing time as the title so suggests. In any song, of course, there is a story behind in it.

JOJO VITO said...

I like this line from Closing Time:"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"

Mommy Maye said...

Nice to know the song's meaning. Thanks for sharing.

sharon sree said...

I love to read the story behind a song and what the motivation was for the singer/songwriter. Thanks for sharing, this was an enlightening read.

Katrina Centeno said...

This is a very popular song. It is funny how that story behind the songs is different from what is expected.

Fernando Lachica said...

Such an informative article for the song, Closing Time. It makes me feel the past still lingers on.

Chef Jay said...

Love this song! I still have in on my Iphone!

Franc said...

This is a really meaningful song. It has a nice tune too that contributed to its fame.

Allan D said...

I love this song. I think it is all up to the listeners how they will interpret the lyrics of the song.
There are songs that creates different meaning from different listeners.

Yan Birog said...

the song definitely brings back memories! could already be a classic! >XD

Nanda said...

It is always interesting to find the real meaning of a song, I love when that happens! A unique feeling =)

Marie said...

Now, that's amazing! I love listening to this one every now and then! :)

I'm a 90's kid! <3

Eliz Frank said...

I don't think I've heard that song before as I don't go to bars either. I liked hearing how the song was created and what inspired it too.

Melgie Campbell said...

The meaning of the song is so interesting. I haven't heard this song but I'm listening right now. Pretty cool!
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Joanna Sormunen said...

I don't think I was familiar with the song before. But I loved the read the explication and also listen to the author tell his side to the song.

Nicol said...

i haven't heard of this song. as i was born and grew up in the 90s, i use to sing the songs without knowing the meaning of the lyrics.

Badet said...

I know that song! It's popular when I was in high school. I never knew that it has a deeper meaning.

Sumi Go said...

I've always liked this song. So nice to know the story behind it! :) Thanks for sharing this. It's cool to learn about this.

Anonymous said...

Every new beginning comes from other beginning's end

lee rosales said...

i love semisonic. im singin closing tine in karaoke and yes ivre been hearing this song most of the time in bars. great and meaningful lyrics though

Khushboo Motihar said...

I have never heard of this song but your post definitely made me hear it once :)

 

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