You might not know exactly who Semisonic is but you for sure have heard their Grammy-nominated hit song, “Closing Time.” It’s endured as a pop-culture reference point for the late ’90s, been featured in many TV shows and movies, and if you’ve ever closed down a bar between then and even now, it is often played to get you out of said respectable establishment.
But it turns out the song we all thought was a tale about last call was really the most clever disguise lead singer Dan Wilson ever donned. Wilson, whose collaborations with the Dixie Chicks and Adele scored him Grammys, confirmed that he wrote the song in anticipation of fatherhood — but he didn’t want his bandmates to get sick of playing a song about kids. This was the next best thing.
Listen to the lyrics. It’s easy to understand how the two very different subjects got mixed up all this time. But Wilson’s version is much, much sweeter. And if all you moms and dads weren’t tearing up a little already, a recent comment from Brenbee and her interpretation might put you over the edge. “Closing Time” has a whole new meaning now.