Song of the Day #3,737: ‘Closing Time’ – Daniel Gallup

‘Closing Time,’ the fourth track on the Daniel Gallup EP, introduces a few new twists, from Gallup’s deeper vocals to that nifty horn part.

Lyrically, this is the first song on the EP to explore territory outside the world of young romance. Sure, the narrator starts out reminiscing about a summer fling that dies in the fall, but in the second verse he turns that concept of death and rebirth on himself.

Musically, ‘Closing Time’ gives me an Elvis Costello vibe, particularly in the way Gallup does some tricky things with the melody in the verses.

Those nuances move this track to the top of my list for this EP, ahead of ‘Inexplicable,’ with one track to go.

The party’s over
We’ve had our fun
It was so nice to know you
Now we’ve gotta be done
Summer’s coming to a close
So we’ll count all our losses
On the docks we would sit on in the darkness oh
That’s what summer brings
And then comes winter
Hopefully with new beginnings
Hope to see we’ve learned our lessons too
And you don’t know how many fallen leaves I’ve had to turn over
Just to try and find one that conceals truth

Now it’s closing time
And we made some decisions we’ll come to regret
Now it’s closing time
But you know that we’ll make them again
Now it’s closing time

The party’s over
It burns out with the sun
Which now shines so beautifully
And adorns everyone
Summer’s coming to a close
So I’ll think about the real me
Which aspects I want to leave
Behind, which to keep
That’s what summer brings
Consider my choices
Hear all that’s been said, filter out the voices
Maybe I’ll find what the point of all of this is
And you don’t know how many fallen leaves I’ve had to turn over
Just to try and find out what I must’ve missed

Now it’s closing time
And we made some decisions we’ll come to regret
Now it’s closing time
But you know that we’ll make them again
Now it’s closing time

Now it’s closing time
And we made some decisions we’ll come to regret
Now it’s closing time
But you know that we’ll make them again
Now it’s closing time
Now it’s closing time
Now it’s closing time

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,737: ‘Closing Time’ – Daniel Gallup

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve steadfastly maintained that “Closing Time” is the best of the bunch, and that was before the wonderful addition of the sax and organ. I had not considered the Costello vibe, but, now that you say it, I do hear it and that may well explain my love for this song.

    Oh, and, by the way, I had predicted the strong possibility that you too might rank “Closing Time” number one, although your post on “Inexplicable” put that into some doubt.😁

  2. Amy says:

    That contingency wouldn’t have said anything about such theories until week’s end, but then Dana is infamous for his spoilers. ;). I love the second verse of this song, and it is because of the “tricky” or unexpected way Daniel delivers the lyrics, which I’ve come to learn is one of the things I appreciate in a song. “Consider the choices… filter out all the voices” may just be a mantra for these ages, which also doesn’t hurt my ability to play it on repeat. :). Finally, I’d like to give another glimpse into the recording process. Watching Daniel communicate with the sax player what he wanted for the solo was one of my favorite parts of the process. I have a snippet of video of it somewhere… 🙂

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Closing Time is my favorite. I never tire of listening to it. It has everything-great lyrics, voice, and tune. Just love the sax solo. Can’t say enough about this one!

  4. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Ooh. Elvis Costello vibes?! Perhaps, that’s why this is my Dad’s favorite. As always great commentary and I appreciate your appreciation of my tricky melody.

  5. Alex says:

    This is my favorite! I love the lyrics, the sax – the whole thing. I don’t hear Elvis Costello at all, which is good because I’m not a fan. I especially like the lines “Summer’s coming to a close, so I’ll think about the real me, the aspects I want to leave” – a pretty deep analysis of what summer does to those of us who get that time off.

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