The Last Beat Of My Heart (4:31)

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From Peepshow and 1 other release

“The Last Beat of My Heart” is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees. It was released in late 1988 as the third and final single from the band’s ninth studio album Peepshow.

The song is a ballad with minimal instrumentation, mainly driven by drumming from Banshees member Budgie. Sioux’s vocals address a lover who is leaving a relationship, as she asks for him to return to her. She declares her desire to be “close to you til the last beat of my heart”.

“The Last Beat of My Heart” reached number forty-four in the UK singles chart. Upon its inclusion on the 1992 compilation album Twice Upon a Time: The Singles, a live recording of the song from 1991 replaced the single version.

The single was described in a review as “a swirling, smouldering masterpiece which will capture your ticker within the first few moments and hold it fluttering in awe. With a ghostly accordian adding to the building power, Siouxsie’s hypnotic voice is just unnerving enough to delight. A true gem.”

DeVotchKa released their own version of “The Last Beat of My Heart” on their 2006 EP Curse Your Little Heart.

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