Last Kiss – Pearl Jam

Listening to Lost Dogs by Pearl Jam, their B-Sides and rarities, I think, I came across this one. I don’t drive that fast now. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.

WIKI: Last Kiss” is a song released by Wayne Cochran in 1961 on the Gala label. It failed to do well on the charts.[1] Cochran subsequently re-recorded his song for the King label in 1963. It was later revived by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, Pearl Jam and several international artists, including the Canadian group Wednesday, with varying degrees of success. The song was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. The song’s opening lyrics mirror the opening lyrics of Septimus Winner‘s “Der Deitcher’s Dog”.

The song’s story

The singer borrows his father’s car to take his beloved sweetheart out on a romantic date (on a rainy night). Coming across a stalled car in the road, the singer swerves to the right to avoid it, 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 was able to find his girlfriend, still lying unconscious. When the singer cradles his girlfriend lovingly in his arms, she regains partial consciousness, smiling and asking the singer to “hold me, darling, just a little while.” The singer then gives his sweetheart what would be their “last romantic kiss” as she fades into death and enters the afterlife.

In the song’s chorus, the singer vows to be a good boy so that he may reunite with his dear sweetheart when his time comes, believing she has made it into Heaven.

 

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