JULY 4, 2010 2:50PM

Today May Be Your Last Chance

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Last night, I went to see the band Shooting Star with a girlfriend.   Shooting Star started out in Kansas City in the 70's. They became quite popular in the city and surrounding area, and eventually came to be fairly well known throughout the country. There are some rabid fans in Kansas City! I'd always wanted to see them, but never had the opportunity, so I jumped when my friend wanted to go.

 Rain had been threatening all day and since it was to be held outdoors at a local bar, we weren't sure if the concert was going to be possible. We had alternate plans just in case, but as the evening wore on, it started to cool off and the rain stopped. It turned out to be a perfect night with cooler temperatures and a nice breeze.

Shooting Star at Fuel


They rocked, we rolled, the music was awesome and the crowd was incredibly enthusiastic. 

 As they played this song, Last Chance, my favorite of all their songs, right at the very moment they sang You could be dead tomorrow,  I saw a young lady in front of me, singing the lyrics with all her heart, her hands grasping her friends hands in a high-five position. They both looked incredibly happy there. It was then I realized the young lady had a bandana on her head, and I could see new hair growth, more of a peach fuzz, peeking out from under her bandana. And suddenly the song had incredible meaning for me.

Follow along with the lyrics below. Enjoy the song. And think about it. Today may be your last chance. Live, love, be happy. And drink from the well my friends.

 

When the stranger came to town
All the people watched with wonder
In their tattered clothes
Gathered ‘round and raised their eyes up from the dirt

And the stranger said to them

I have been upon the mountain
I have witnessed forces, like cannons
That could ram you to the ground

Stand up on your feet

'Cause your life is short as hell
You could be dead tomorrow
Today may be your

Last chance to believe in yourself

Your last chance to yell
Your last chance to be good to yourself
Your last chance to drink from life's well

In the crowd a voice was heard

Should we get them before they get you
Should we strike the first blow
He said no, no, no, you don't understand

The enemy is in your heart

Self-respect robbed by self-pity
Look across the country
All the people with their dreams dead in their hearts

Stand up your feet

'Cause your life is short as hell
You could be dead tomorrow
Today may be your

Last chance to believe in yourself

Your last chance to yell
Your last chance to be good to yourself
Your last chance to drink from life's well

So drink from the well

Oh yeah

It could be your

Last chance to believe in yourself
Your last chance to yell
Your last chance to be good to yourself
Your last chance to drink from life's well

Drink from the well

Oh yeah
Yeah

Drink from the well

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I remember Shooting Star well, saw them a couple times back in the day. The story you tell of the young woman in the crowd adds new meaning to a song I've always loved anyway.
because you never know, you better go for the gusto...
I love inspiration words of encouragement in this world ruled by the discouragers. Thanks for this. I am making a poster of the lyrics and hanging in my studio.
I have listened to this three times in a row. Bitching rockin.......
Wow! j lynne, I remember this band! Raised in Kansas City, I recall them. It has been so long since I heard them and find it cool that they are still playing. This song was one that was big for them..am I right?

Thanks for the memories. Sounds fun!!
A couple weeks ago we had an all year high school reunion, I got talked into going and had some fun dancing and talking to old friends. One particular guy, danced with everyone, including me several times. Two weeks later he had a massive heart attack and was gone. I looked at the pictures on line, and thought how true this all is. It just could be your last chance. Nice.
So true--Great message!
Nana - they're still pretty darn good after all these years. It was a trip back in time...

Brian - exACTly.

Dr. Spud - I'm glad you found something in it for yourself. And yes, it IS bitchin' rockin'. :)

RA - from KC?? Cool - then yes, you would remember them. The song here is one of their biggest, although I was surprised at how many songs of theirs I did remember once I heard them.

Rita - yes, that's how it happens. Death comes so quick and is so final. I've always had a hard time truly getting the finality of it. It just doesn't seem right. That's awful about your friend...

Anne - thank you! And thanks for stopping by.
Stand up on your feet
'Cause your life is short as hell
You could be dead tomorrow
Today may be your

Last chance to believe in yourself
Your last chance to yell
Your last chance to be good to yourself
Your last chance to drink from life's well.

You must drink deeply.
Cancer sucks. Music helps.
I remember this tune! It's blasting in a bedroom at the Jersey shore right now, thanks to you.
Well thanks guys!
Irania, I do try my best. I spent too many years just barely sipping. I'm done with all that!
kateasley - thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I think it's one of those moments that I'll remember for a long time. :)
askmeforwhatyouwant - music helps a lot of things, don't you think?
Beth - that's awesome! I'm not quite sure how many people outside of the KC area know this group. Good to know they made it that far. :)