by Hans Johnson

While some songs leave the public arguing as to their meaning for many decades (case in point: American Pie), some seem obvious but have a hidden message unrealized by most. Dan Wilson, the lead singer of the rock group Semisonic, wanted to write a tribute song for the child he was expecting with wife Diane. Rather than have his bandmates have to participate in repeated performances of a song having personal meaning to him, he hid the message in plain sight in the song and video Closing Time.

Wilson revealed this at his recent 25th Harvard reunion, Rather than exiting a bar, it was about exiting the womb. Among the lyrics:

Closing time

Time for you to go out to the places you will be from.

Closing time

This room won’t be open ’til your brothers or your sisters come.



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