Slow Night, So Long (3:56)

Cover of Youth & Young Manhood

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“Slow Night, So Long” is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon. It’s the opening track on their 2005 album Aha Shake Heartbreak. Lyrically, the song can be interpreted as the story of a boy at a party who has his eye on a girl (“so far so good, she’s absolutely wasted”), and the events that take place as the night unfolds. The studio version of the song itself ends at approximately 2:40 and is followed by a piano driven, Latin/calypso-infused coda, which features Caleb Followill crooning:

“Rise and shine, all you gold-digger mothers / are you too good to tango with the poor, poor boys?”.

The lines are performed during the intro of the music video to King of the Rodeo. In the video, however, it’s performed by a group in a country-western style rather than the band’s original Latin/calypso-infused coda style, possibly to reflect the band’s southern roots. The Kings of Leon have rarely performed this final part of the song live. (live video from houston in 2006. LINK:

In recent concerts, the band has used the song to close their sets. When the band toured with Pearl Jam, as well as during Lollapalooza 2007, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder would come out playing tambourines and sing the song alongside Caleb Followill, trading lines with the Kings of Leon lead singer.


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Slow night so long, she's frenching out the flavor
She's seventeen but I done went an plum forgot it
No tears are gone, they're pooling on the table
No tears are gone, they're leaving their mark behind

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