Song of the Day #2,397: ‘Last Night’ – Traveling Wilburys

traveling_wilburysOne of the pleasures of the Traveling Wilburys was hearing the different combinations of lead and supporting singers on each of the tracks.

On ‘Last Night,’ it’s Tom Petty taking the lead vocals and Roy Orbison dropping in elegantly on selected verses. A great match. I also love the lyrics, which describe a one night stand that turns into a mugging at knifepoint.

Orbison and Harrison have left us, of course, but the other Wilburys are still marching along nearly 25 years later. Jeff Lynne just performed on the Grammys, Tom Petty put out a solo album last year that’s among his best and Bob Dylan is, well, Bob Dylan.

She was there at the bar; she heard my guitar
She was long and tall; she was the queen of them all
Last night, thinking about last night
Last night, thinking about last night

She was dark and discreet; she was light on her feet
We went up to her room, and she lowered the boom
Last night, thinking about last night
Last night, thinking about last night

Down below they danced and sang in the street
While up above the walls were steaming with heat
Last night, thinking about last night
Last night, thinking about last night

I was feeling no pain, feeling good in my brain
I looked in her eyes; they were full of surprise
Last night, talking about last night
Last night, talking about last night

I asked her to marry me, she smiled and pulled out a knife
“The party’s just beginning,” she said, “it’s your money or your life.”
Last night, talking about last night
Last night, talking about last night

Now I’m back at the bar; she went a little too far
She done me wrong, all I got is this song
Last night, thinking about last night
Last night, thinking about last night

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,397: ‘Last Night’ – Traveling Wilburys

  1. Dana says:

    And Dylan is putting out a standards album.😄

    Hard to hear this album without thinking about playing it during Clifton family gatherings circa 1990’s. I think,for nostalgia sake, you should put this on today as we celebrate Fiona’s 9th birthday. Now, if only we still had a pool table!

  2. pegclifton says:

    Dana, my thoughts exactly, this was always the first CD I played for shooting pool time 🙂 I just love this album and never tire of listening to it!

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