The Last Night (Skillet song)

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"The Last Night"
Single by Skillet
from the album Comatose
Released January 2007
Format Compact Disc
Genre Christian rock, alternative metal, hard rock
Length 3:32 (Album version)
4:03 (Comatose Comes Alive version)
Label Lava, Ardent, Atlantic
Writer(s) Brian Howes
John L Cooper [1]
Skillet singles chronology
"The Older I Get"
(2007)
"The Last Night"
(2007)
"Comatose"
(2007)

The Last Night is the fourth single of the Christian Rock Band Skillet's seventh full-length album. The song has become a fan favorite for its strong anti-suicide themes and went on to peak at No. 38 on the Mainstream Rock charts and No. 16 the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.[2] R&R magazine counted it as the No. 1 song on Christian CHR radio stations in 2007 with 23,924 plays,[3] and No. 2 for Christian rock radio with 4,554 plays.[4]

Meaning[edit]

On the live DVD of Comatose Comes Alive, John Cooper says before the song "I wrote this song about a girl that hates her life because she was told she was a loser since she was a kid never gonna amount to anything. Everything that goes wrong in her family is blamed on her by her parents, and she has had a secret life of cutting for years, and she finally decides she wants to kill herself, since there's not a single reason for her to live, and she comes to me she says she just wants to say 'Goodbye, my life stinks and there's no purpose for me to live anymore' and in this song I get a chance to tell her how special she is, that her life isn't a mistake, she was created for a reason. There is a God who loves her just as she is and if she gives Him one chance it will be the last night she ever spends alone."

John Cooper has said that "I just started thinking about how these kids are hurting so badly and that maybe I could sing a song that they can relate to."[5] Korey Cooper has stated that one of the most shocking things to the band as they were touring was the number of fans who admitted to them that they were cutters or suffered from depression and so they wrote the song to tell people that they were not alone in their struggles.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Last Night" - 3:32

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMI entry for songwriter credits". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billboard chart". Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Top Christian CHR Songs". R&R magazine. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Top Christian Rock Songs". R&R magazine. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "theTRu. a.k.a. TRu-dAT.music". Trudatmusic.com. September 28, 2006. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Playing home page . • . . • . • . listenin.org . • . • . this is where rock stars SPEAK . • . •". Listenin.org. Retrieved June 15, 2012.