Last Kiss by Pearl Jam

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‘Last Kiss’ is the based on a true story of a pair of 16 year olds, Jeanette Clark and JL Hancock, on a date in Barnesville, Georgia just before Christmas in 1962.  Their car hit a tractor-trailer and they were killed instantly.

The song was written by Wayne Cochrane who lived around 15 miles from the crash site and was in the middle of writing a song about all the crashes he saw in that area. He was halfway finished writing “Last Kiss” when he heard about the tragedy and because of the emotional response from the community decided to dedicate his song to Jeanette Clark.

The band Pearl Jam decided to record a version after singer Eddie Vedder found an old record of the song at an antique store in Seattle. They recorded the song at a sound check before a concert in 1998 and released it as a Christmas single for their fans. Radio stations started playing it and it gained popularity around the world. Pearl Jam decided to release it as a single to the public and gave the proceeds to a charity helping Kosovo refugees.

 

Lyrics

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She’s gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.
We were out on a date in my daddy’s car
We hadn’t driven very far
There in the road, up straight ahead
A car was stalled, the engine was dead
I couldn’t stop, so I swerved to the right
I’ll never forget the sound that night
The screamin’ tires, the bustin’ glass
The painful scream that I heard last.
Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She’s gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

 

 
When I woke up, the rain was pourin’ down
There were people standing all around
Something warm runnin’ in my eyes
But somehow I found my baby that night
I lifted her head, she looked at me and said
“Hold me darling just a little while.”
I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss
I found the love that I knew I would miss
But now she’s gone, even though I hold her tight
I lost my love, my life that night.
Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She’s gone to heaven, so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world.
Oh, oh
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Songwriters: Wayne Cochran
Last Kiss lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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