Last Chance on the Stairway
Duran Duran Lyrics


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I don't remember quite how I met you
Wasn't long ago
Just get a picture of sun in your eyes
The waves in your hair
Maybe it's something said in a movie or
You could've said last night
Just took me out on a limb
And I don't really know what I'm doing here

And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide
My beat's so in time, can you look at me
I'm out of reach, I'll talk if it feels right
I've had my last chance on the stairway

Funny it's just like a scene out of Voltaire
Twisting out of sight
'Cause when all the curtains are pulled back
We'll turn and see the circles we've traced
Ain't no game (ooh)
When you're playing with fire
It doesn't seem right that we fight
So the party runs on all night

And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide
My beat's so in time, can you look at me
I'm out of reach I'll talk if it feels right
So nervous to say, tell me can't you see
And if you want I'll fall out forever
I can't say no more, baby dance with me
And please don't say leave it 'til later
I've had my last chance on the stairway

Wonder why, (wonder why ooh)
What makes me rise so high
Maybe it's something they put in your perfume
Or the look in your eyes
It could be the atmosphere sinking
Ooh, I don't know what you're thinking
I don't even know what you're drinking
But it keeps this heaven alive

And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide
My beat's so in time, can you look at me
I'm out of reach I'll talk if it feels right
So nervous to say, tell me can't you see
And if you want I'll fall out forever
I can't say no more, baby dance with me
And please don't say leave till later
I've had my last chance on the stairway

Last chance on the stairway
Last chance on the stairway
Last chance on the stairway
Last chance on the stairway




Last chance on the stairway
Last chance on the stairway

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Duran Duran's song "Last Chance on the Stairway" describe the singer's confusion and uncertainty about a recent romantic encounter. The opening lines suggest that the meeting was recent, and the singer seems to be trying to piece together how it happened. The imagery of "sun in your eyes" and "waves in your hair" suggests that the encounter was pleasant and memorable. However, the singer admits that he is "out on a limb" and doesn't know what he's doing there.


The chorus of the song describes the singer's feeling of being "caught in a landslide". He seems to be swept up in the moment and doesn't know how to express himself, but his "beat's so in time" that he hopes the other person can see it. He says that he's "out of reach" but he'll talk if it feels right. The line "I've had my last chance on the stairway" suggests that he feels like this is his last opportunity to express himself.


The second verse features more surrealistic imagery, with references to Voltaire and "circles we've traced". The singer seems to be reflecting on the fleeting nature of relationships and how they can seem like a game, but it's not worth fighting over. The final lines of the song, "I've had my last chance on the stairway", are repeated, emphasizing the singer's urgency to express himself before it's too late.


Overall, "Last Chance on the Stairway" is a melancholic, introspective song about the fleeting nature of romantic encounters and the fear of missing out on an opportunity to connect with someone.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't remember quite how I met you
I don't recall the details of how we first met


Wasn't long ago
It wasn't too far back in time


Just get a picture of sun in your eyes
I have an image of the sun shining in your eyes


The waves in your hair
I remember the waves in your hair


Maybe it's something said in a movie or
Perhaps it was a line spoken in a film or


You could've said last night
It's possible that you said it just last night


Just took me out on a limb
You took a chance, and so did I


And I don't really know what I'm doing here
I'm not certain what I'm doing in this situation


And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide
Occasionally, I feel overwhelmed and out of control


My beat's so in time, can you look at me
I'm so in sync with the music, can you see it?


I'm out of reach, I'll talk if it feels right
I'm emotionally distant, but I'll communicate if it feels appropriate


I've had my last chance on the stairway
This is my final opportunity to do something significant


Funny it's just like a scene out of Voltaire
It's amusing how similar this feels to a Voltaire play


Twisting out of sight
Things are becoming unclear and hard to understand


Cause when all the curtains are pulled back
Once everything is revealed and transparent


We'll turn and see the circles we've traced
We'll see the patterns we've created and continue to repeat


Ain't no game (ooh)
This is not a trivial matter


When you're playing with fire
When you're taking risks and tempting fate


It doesn't seem right that we fight
It doesn't feel appropriate to argue


So the party runs on all night
So we continue to enjoy ourselves throughout the night


Wonder why, (wonder why ooh)
I'm curious as to why


What makes me rise so high
What causes my emotions to run so intensely


Maybe it's something they put in your perfume
Perhaps it's something in the scent you're wearing


Or the look in your eyes
Or perhaps it's something in your gaze


It could be the atmosphere sinking
The mood in the room might be affecting me


Ooh, I don't know what you're thinking
I have no idea what's going through your mind


I don't even know what you're drinking
I don't know what you're drinking


But it keeps this heaven alive
Whatever it is, it's keeping this heavenly feeling alive


And if you want I'll fall out forever
If you desire, I'll leave your life forever


I can't say no more, baby dance with me
I have nothing else to say, let's just dance together


And please don't say leave till later
Don't postpone our decision to part ways


I've had my last chance on the stairway
This is the final opportunity I have to leave


Last chance on the stairway
This is the last chance I have to walk away


Last chance on the stairway
This really is my final opportunity to leave


Last chance on the stairway
Time is running out for me to depart


Last chance on the stairway
I need to make a decision before it's too late


Last chance on the stairway
This truly is my last chance to leave




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ANDY TAYLOR, JOHN TAYLOR, NICK RHODES, ROGER TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON

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