Last Harbor

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"Last Harbor"
AMC-California.jpg
California cover
Song by American Music Club from the album California
Released 1988
Format LP / CS / CD
Length 4:35
Label Grifter Records/Frontier Records/Demon Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Tom Mallon
California track listing
  1. "Firefly"
  2. "Somewhere"
  3. "Laughingstock"
  4. "Lonely"
  5. "Pale Skinny Girl"
  6. "Blue And Grey Shirt"
  7. "Bad Liquor"
  8. "Now You're Defeated"
  9. "Jenny"
  10. "Western Sky"
  11. "Highway 5"
  12. "Last Harbor"

"Last Harbor" is the 12th and last song on American Music Club's second album, 1988’s California. Mark Eitzel recorded a live acoustic version for his 1991 Songs Of Love Live album, and a studio version re-made with Manolis Famellos and a group of Greek traditional musicians for 2003's The Ugly American.

In a 1989 interview with Unhinged, Eitzel said, "I like Eugene O'Neill a lot and there's two references to 'last harbor' in Long Days Journey Into Night and also in The Iceman Cometh. He was obsessed with the last harbor because he used to take ships and in The Iceman Comet which is about alcoholism and living a lie, the last harbor is like a place of disaster, a place to end up in. In Long Days Journey Into Night the last harbor is a place of transcendence. At first the song was 'Snug Harbor' or 'Safe Harbor', but I was reading Eugene O'Neill so it became 'Last Harbor'. But I left it open to sound like the last harbor too, because this person I'm confronting with myself is like - are you going to be it? It's like using the words to 3 different levels if I can but it's not morbid. It's a sad song because it's from a sad place, but most of my stuff is sad. I mean did they ask Turner if he was a sad person?"[1]

Lyrics

Some of them are kind and it's phony
Some of them are kind and it's okay
Generous but where's the charity
To lose or give away

Some of them smile and it's phony
Some of them smile and it's not
Some of them never tell you
Just how much they've got

Falling
Hey, I don't see the bottom
Are you gonna be my last harbor

She'll soon find a way to make you feel fine
She's laughing and she's clapping her hands
As she walks across your cup of wine

She'll make it real easy for you
All you have to do is remember her name
She's almost your passport to the world
She's almost your ticket out again

Falling
Hey, I don't see the bottom
Are you gonna be my last harbor

Some of them smile and it's phony
Some of them smile and it's okay
Some of them never tell you
Just how much they'll give away

Video

Mark Eitzel performing "Last Harbor" on October 24, 2013 at Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Personnel

American Music Club

Others

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References

  1. Drew (Winter 1989). "American Music Club". Unhinged. Retrieved March 27, 2018.