SLS: Last Kiss

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We were out on a date in my daddy’s car
We hadn’t driven very far
There in the road, straight ahead
A car was stalled, the engine was dead

I couldn’t stop, so I swerved to the right
I’ll never forget, the sound that night
The screamin’ tires, the bustin’ glass
The painful scream, that I heard last

Thanks go out to Jim Adams, our weekly host of Song Lyric Sunday. This week, I choose ”Last Kiss” to illustrate the theme of destruction and death. The song is about a car accident that results in the demise of a man’s girlfriend. He is able to give her one last kiss before she passes on.

I lifted her head, she looked at me and said
“Hold me darling, just a little while”
I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss
I found the love, that I knew I had missed
And now she’s gone, even though I hold her tight
I lost my love, my life that night

The song was written and recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961 and did not do well on the charts. It did better in 1963 when he rerecorded it under a new label. J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers’ version was a hit in 1964, possibly due to the weird factor of Frank singing it on crutches because of a terrible car accident he got into during the tour (their manager died in the wreck).

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She’s gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world

I’m sharing my favorite cover, which is Pearl Jam’s. Their 1999 version was a smash ~ reaching No. 2 in the US and Canada, and going 3x platinum in Australia. Pearl Jam raised $10 million for Kosovo refugees with “Last Kiss” as part of the 1999 charity compilation album No Boundaries. The song later appeared on their 2003 album Lost Dogs.

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21 responses to “SLS: Last Kiss

  1. You brought back a lot of memories with this song. Great choice.

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  2. One of my favorite Pearl Jam songs. I love this video too… a student project… cute.

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  3. Ah, the death songs. Back in the day when we made playlists and burned them to cds my husband did a death song compilation – actually a lot of fun to listen to because they are so bad and so many involve cars. Or drowning –

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  4. This song definitely brings back memories.

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  5. This song is new to me, but I like it a lot. Great write-up Paula.

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  6. Beautiful post 💜🇺🇦

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  7. I love this song! Great post

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  8. Fun post, you have me singing

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  9. Great choice Paula. Love this ☺️💕

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  10. I remember when this came out. I have really loved Pearl Jam’s version since it came out. I love Eddie’s unique vocals.

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