Last Man Standing

from by Danny Schmidt




I like to describe this song as a character sketch about a poor guy who's managed to crawl about halfway up the first step of the twelve step program. On the one hand, that's not very far. But on the other hand, it's really really far. It means he's at least started to look inward at himself, and started to claim some responsibility for his life's condition. I would argue that the twelve steps are logarithmic and not linear . . . and that it takes as much climbing to get up the first step as it does to get up the next eleven.



Brand new bottle but the same old cup
I’ll be the last man standing when the sun comes up
With a brand new promise to the same old gal
I’ll be the last man dancing when the sun goes down
I’d pray the lord my soul to keep
But my soul don’t need much sleep

Brand new shovel but the same old hole
I’ll be the last man digging when the boys go home
With a brand new blister but the same old hands
I’ll be the last man begging when the work day ends
I’d pray the lord my soul to save
But the lord’s out saving face

Brand new fingers but the same old pie
I’ll be the last man kneeling when the king rides by
With a brand new banner but the same old crown
I’ll be the last man laughing when the axe comes down
I’d pray the lord my soul to bring
But the lord can kiss my ring

One good woman, one good night
And one soft place to fall
One good reason or one good lie
To raise my head . . .
To raise my head at all

Brand new bottom but the same way down
Ain’t no good sorrow that a man can drown
Brand new wagon but the same old ride
Ain’t no good beating that a man can hide
I’d pray the lord my soul to take
But I’ll take my own . . .
I’ll make my own . . .
I’ll claim my own mistakes

Brand new bottle but the same old cup
I’ll be the last man standing when the sun comes up


from Standard Deviation, released March 8, 2019

Danny Schmidt - Vocal & Guitar
Colin Agnew - Drums & Percussion
Will Robertson - Bass & Keyboards
Fats Kaplin - Fiddle & Banjo
Mira Stanley Costa - Harmony Vocals
Cara May Gorman - Harmony Vocals
Carrie Elkin - Harmony Vocals


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Named to the Chicago Tribune's "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, with lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. ... more

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