Why Colbert Chose to End his Show With ‘Holland, 1945’

Stephen Colbert


I’m both angry and sad right now. Angry because I wrote this whole post and then accidentally Xed (?) out of it. And sad because, as I flawlessly pointed out in the unreleased first draft of this composition, I’ve been exposed to way too much sadness in the past five hours, for those of you who saw my last two posts. I’m almost expecting my lawyer to call me and tell me John Mayer has been shot. You don’t need to know why my lawyer would have to inform me of that.

Anyways, I knew nothing about this. Stephen Colbert, who just did his last episode of ‘The Colbert Report’ before taking over for David Letterman on ‘The Late Show’, had ten siblings. When he as ten, his father and two closest brothers died in a plane crash. Kudos to you Stephen Colbert. Guy had to grow up damn fast. At age ten I was still watching Cartoon Network and writing “kick me” on people’s backs. Who’s to say I won’t be the next “Late Show” host?

He decided to end his last show with the song ‘Holland, 1945’ from Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In the Aeroplane over the Sea. Here’s some lyrics:

And here’s where your mother sleeps
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore.

It’s definitely better that this song’s dark lyrics are combined with an upbeat composition. I’m all about song meanings, especially when it seems like the songwriter knows you personally. This song is undoubtedly about Anne Frank, but could easily be applied to someone with the right experiences. Namely songwriter Jeff Mangum, or even Stephen Colbert.