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ABOUT THE BAND

LANY is an American pop band from Los Angeles. The band consists of Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie “Les” Priest, and Jake Clifford Goss.

LANY is an acronym for “Los Angeles New York”

We knew we wanted a four-letter word because of design and aesthetic purposes, but as you can imagine, all the four-letter words in the entire world are taken. We moved to acronyms and for a while we thought we would be TTYL, but then we decided we didn’t want to be 13 for the rest of our lives. I eventually thought of the span across the country from L.A. to New York, and at first I was thinking it would be L-A-N-Y, but people kept getting confused on how to pronounce it when I told them, saying things like ‘L-A-and-Y?’ So then we’re like forget it—let’s call ourselves LANY, pronounced Lay-Nee.

ABOUT THE SONG

“if this is the last time” is a family love letter which comes with an important message: every moment is precious, so treat it as if it is your last.

The idea for the track came to me on a flight to Beijing last summer. My uncle buddy (I have his name tattooed on my arm) is getting older, and I don’t get to see him very much because I’m always working and/or on tour. He’s in good health, but you never know what could happen… and I thought to myself, “What if the next time I get to see him is the last time I’ll get to see him?” […] After moving into 2020 and being thrown into a global pandemic and being faced with a new reality, it became clear to me that finishing and perfecting this song was imperative… That maybe this was a song the world could lean on.

— Paul Klein via Instagram (June 2020)

LYRICS

Hey mom, I know we’re gettin’ old
And the lines on our hands have changed
But you still look at me the same
Hey mom, guess what? You’re really tough
And I know you did all you could
Just to make sure my life was good

Sorry for the fights and the tone of my voice
Sorry for the nights when I made the wrong choice
Life is flyin’ by and it’s hittin’ me now
I hope it’s not, but

If this is the last time, please come close
I love you with all my heart, you know
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time
Then let’s do the things we always do
Like go to the mall and buy some shoes
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time

Hey dad, what’s up? Miss you so much
Yeah, the shade of your hair has changed
But I look up to you the same

Taught me how to fish, taught me how to ride a bike
Taught me how to love, how to treat a woman right
Life is flyin’ by and it’s hittin’ me now
I hope it’s not, but

If this is the last time, please come close
I love you with all my heart, you know
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time
Then let’s do the things we always do
Like go for a drive or watch the news
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time

Hey you, sit back
Don’t go, so fast
If this is the last time, please come close
I love you with all my heart, you know
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time
So let’s do the things we always do
Or maybe we try something brand new
I don’t wanna cry, I’m bad at goodbye
If this is the last time

If this is the last time
If this is the last time
Oh, if this is the last time
If this is the last time
If this is the last time
Oh, if this is the last time

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