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Ataris lyrics

Album: So Long, Astoria [2003]

Tracks13
 01  So Long, Astoria
 02  Takeoffs and Landings
 03  In This Diary
 04  My Reply
 05  Unopened Letter to the World
 06  The Saddest Song
 07  Summer '79
 08  The Hero Dies in This One
 09  All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know
 10  The Boys of Summer
 11  Radio #2
 12  Looking Back on Today
 13  Eight of Nine
all Ataris lyrics



So Long, Astoria
It was the first snow of the season
I can almost see you breathin
In the middle of that empty street

Sometimes I still see myself
In that lonesome bedroom
Playin my guitar
And singing songs of hope
For a better future

Life is
Only
As good as the memories we make
And I'm taking back what belongs to me

Polaroids of classrooms unattended
These relics of remembrence
Are just like shipwrecks
Only theyre gone faster
Than the smell after it rains

Last night while everyone was sleepin
I tripped through my old neighborhood
And resurrected memories from ashes

We said that we would never
We were really just like them
Does rebellion ever make a difference

Life is
Only
As good as the memories we make
And I'm taking back what belongs to me
These relics of remembrence
Are just like shipwrecks
Only theyre gone faster
Than the smell after it rains

So long astoria
I found a map to buried treasure
And even if we come home empty handed
Well still have our stories
Of battle scars, pirate ships and wounded hearts,
Broken bones, and all the best of friendships

And when this hourglass
Has filtered out
Its final grain of sand
I raise my glass to the memories we had
This is my wish
This is my wish
Im takin back
Im takin them all backback to top
Takeoffs and Landings
On this coldest of january nights
We drive out past the runway and watch the planes go flying by
The runway lights are the deepest blue like the colors of your eyes
So close them tight and kiss me one last time

If you could go anywhere right now
Where would you go?
And would you miss me when you get there?
No place that I would rather be
Please don't let me go falling from the sky
The fasten seatbelt sign just needs to go out
If only you could be right here by my side
Home wouldn't seem so far from here

Passport, customs, carry on, remember
To shut off all of your electronic devices
Fell asleep on tuesday woke up monday afternoon
I slept right through your international date line

If you could go anywhere right now
Where would you go?
And would you miss me when you get there?
No place that I would rather be
Please don't let me go falling from the sky
The fasten seatbelt sign just needs to go out
If only you could be right here by my side
Home wouldn't seem so far from here

Please don't let me go falling from the sky
The fasten seatbelt sign just needs to go out
If only you could be right here by my side
Home wouldn't seem so far from hereback to top
In This Diary
Here in this diary,
I write you visions of my summer.
It was the best I ever had.
There were choruses and sing-alongs,
And not a spoken feeling.
I'm knowing that right now is all that matters.
All the nights we stayed up talking
And listening to 80's songs;
Quoting lines from all those movies that we love.
It still brings a smile to my face.
I guess when it comes down to it...

Being grown up isn't half as fun as growing up:
These are the best days of our lives.
The only thing that matters
Is just following your heart
And eventually you'll finally get it right.

Breaking into hotel swimming pools,
And wreaking havoc on our world.
Hanging out at truck stops just to pass the time.
The black top's singing me to sleep.
Lighting fireworks in parking lots,
Illuminate the blackest nights.
Cherry cokes under this moonlight summer sky.
2015 riverside, it's time to say, goodbye.
Get on the bus, it's time to go.

Being grown up isn't half as fun as growing up:
These are the best days of our lives.
The only thing that matters
Is just following your heart,
And eventually you'll finally get it right.back to top
My Reply
Got your letter and the poetry you sent me
Postmarked in december of last year
I really hope you're doing better
All your friends close by your side
One step closer to recovery

I wish there was something I could say
To erase each and every page
You've been through
Even though it's not my place to save you

I appreciate but cant accept this thank you note
Thats sealed with your last breath
And I won't stand aside
And listen to you give up

If you'll just hold on for one more second
Just hold on to what you have
Just hold on/ just hold on
If you'll just hold on for one more second
Just hold on to what you have
Just hold on/ just hold on

These arms remain stretched out to you
Maybe someday you'll accept them
Maybe it's too late to save a young girls heart that slowly stopped beating
(maybe)

Wake up wake up you've gotta believe
Wake up wake up
You cant give up time keeps going on without us
Long after we're dead and gone

I wish there was something I could say
To erase each and every page
You've been through
Even though it's not my place to save you

I appreciate but cant accept this thank you note
Thats sealed with your last breath
And I won't stand aside
And listen to you give up
If you'll just hold on for one more second

Just hold on to what you have
Just hold on/ just hold on
If you'll just hold on for one more second
Just hold on to what you have
Just hold on/ just hold onback to top
Unopened Letter to the World
If I died tomorrow
Would this song live on forever?
And here is my

Unopened letter to a world
That never shall reply

If I died tomorrow
Would this song live on forever?
And here is my

Unopened letter to a world
That never shall reply

Never shall reply
From this second story window
I can hear the church balls calling out my name
This table is set for one
Even angels would be homesick
In this forsaken town

On random notes of parchment
I'm scrawling my existence
Dressed in white

This candle radiates throughout the night
And it's never burning out

Never burning out

From this second story window
I can hear the children down on main street
They're singing their songs tonight

In the shadows I will listen to their every movement

Mr. higginson am I not good enough for the world?

Am I destined only to die
The same way that I lived,
Its seclusion?

But high up on this mountain
I can almost see your lonely window sill

They'll carry you off tonight

There's a ghost in your old bedroom
And a candle burning bright

If I die tomorrow
Will this song live on forever?back to top
The Saddest Song
Only two more days, until your birthday
Yesterday was mine
You'll be turning five
I know what it's like, growing up without your father in your life
So I pretend, I'm doing all I can
And I hope someday you'll find it in your heart

To understand
Why I'm not around
And forgive me for not being in your life

I remember waiting
For you to come
Remember waiting
For you to call
Remember waiting there to find nothing at all
I remember waiting
For you to come
Remember waiting
For you to call
Waiting there to find nothing at all

Maybe someday
You really get to know me
Not just the letters read to you
I pray I get the chance
To make it up to you
We got a lot of catching up to do

So I pretend, I'm doing all I can
And hope someday you'll find it in your heart

To understand
Why I'm not around
And forgive me for not being in your life

I remember waiting
For you to come
Remember waiting
For you to call
Remember waiting there to find nothing at all
I remember waiting
For you to come
Remember waiting
For you to call
Waiting there to find nothing at all

Forgive me!
I'm so sorry!
I will make it up to you....back to top
Summer '79
Our last day of summer, 1979
Gotta live it up one time before it's over
We will make history tonight.

Down at the drive-in
All of our closest friends, they will be sneaking in
You'll be spending the whole night
Trying everything you can to get that girl to notice you.

We Are the Champions playing out on the radio station
Everyone sing along with these anthems of our generation.
Cruisin' down Pacific Coast Highway,
Put the top down, crawl into the back seat.
Let's create anthems of our own tonight.

Down at the roller rink,
All the cool kids crowded around the air hockey table.
"Hey, my best friend likes you,"
I hear you shout at me as you go skating by.

Sneak out of your window, darlin'
Let's live like outlaws, honey
We'll never look back.

Climb out on this rooftop,
And stare at the city lights below us
This world belongs to us tonight
The kids will keep ragin' on
And they ain't never gonna stop.back to top
The Hero Dies in This One
The Ataris - The Hero Dies In This One


Yey my first tab!
If anyone knows the guitar tab for this song please tell me.

As i leave here today, Apartment 108
i'll always keep you in my heart
Anderson is cold tonight
the leaves are scattered on the ground
I miss the seasons
and the comfort of your smile

Sometimes this all feels like a dream
i'm waiting for someone just to wake me up
from this life
As i look out at these fair grounds
i remmember how our family split apart

I dont think i ever told you
But i know you always did your best
And the hard times
they only made us stronger

As i sit here all alone
i wonder how im supposed to carry on...when you're gone.

ill never be the same without you
i love you more than you will ever know
so maybe now youll finally know
sometimes youre helpless and alone
but you cant let it keep you weighed down..you must go on.

Do you ever feel like crying? Do u ever feel like giving up?
I raise my hands up towards the sky, i say this prayer for you tonite
Because nothing is impossible.back to top
All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know
Is this how it was intended?
The sunrise over smoke stacks in the midwest, the beauty of this abandoned factory.
Christmas lights blinking on and off all out of time
In what used to be the bleakest dreams of middle class america.
I'm trying to believe in you, but all these satellites and shattered dreams are blocking out my view.
Please don't forget who you really are, because nothing really matters when we're gone.

Fell in love with his keno waitress.
They honeymooned in memphis; they were married by the drive up window.
Trailer parks, neon signs, and an empty box of lucky strikes: all used up from the dashboard of america.
I'm trying to believe in you; this world sold it's fate for parking lots and drunk sincerity.
Please don't forget who you really are, because nothing really matters when we're -
You'll be saddened to know the train tracks you once walked as a young boy are now nothing but a graveyard.
Please don't forget how small we really are, because nothing really matters when we're gone.back to top
The Boys of Summer
Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I'm drivin' by your house
Though I know you're not at home

But I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don't understand what happened to our love
But babe, I'm gonna get you back
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
I see you walkin' real slow and you're smilin' at everyone
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Out on the road today, I saw a black flag sticker on a cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, don't look back. you can never look back.
I thought I knew what love was
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but-

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that hair slicked back and those wayfarers on, baby
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have goneback to top
Radio #2
Meet me at midnight
At the broadcast tower
High above the hollywood sign
You bring your guitar and I'll bring my radio (radio)

Everyone will come from miles around
To witness this beautiful site
We'll set bonfires and pretend its the 4th of July

This is the starting of a brand new revolution
Bite the hand that feeds
Stand up and fight against messages that they're sending
Stop their frequency

You're always talkin' (its never ending)
It's about time that we turned off the radio
Call the request lines and tell them that it's over
You're always playin' (all of the same songs)
Over and over again
It's about time that we all turned off the radio

We'll listen to b-sides and sing along
To anthems of the years gone by
Integrity and honesty will prevail tonight
When it's all over (when it's all over)
One question still remains
Why do so many bands never make it to the radio?

Look outside your FM dial
They're preaching lies in 4/4 time
A generation without a voice
It's stripped of prideback to top
Looking Back on Today
Thirtieth of April, seems like yesterday
We bought a house above the ocean
where our kids could laugh and play

I called you from Paris
to tell you that I wrote our names on the observation deck
of the Eiffel Tower

Remember those nights
playing Summer Wind on the juke box of the bar we used to go
We made out in the bathroom and you walked me to my house
I tried to convince you not to go home

If only i had more time I'd take you where you wanted to go
Italy isn't the same without you here
If only I had one wish, I'd want a million tillion lifetimes
that I could spend with you
Fall in love with you again and again

First of November, 1998
I was thinking of what to say when I could call
Denice come over to my house, cuz you're the one for me
We'll drink cheap wine and watch more shooting stars

Remember our first apartment
Our couch was never big enough for two
Still, we'd fall asleep in each other's arms and wake up on the floor
Now looking back it was made for me and youback to top
Eight of Nine
these hospital walls are the palest of white
here in this desert they're reciting my last rites
the smell of these halls
brings temporary comfort
as the oxygen flows through my blood
el corazon was poisoned tonight
she's on her eight of nine

when half of all your prayers are insincere,
the other half are lies
here is this watermark under this bridge
the point where it all crested
rolled back and drifted into the sea
i climb from this wreckage
as the smoke begins to clear from my lungs
the closest of close calls has happened tonight

it's time that i made things right
for the first time
since the last time
let this moment of clarity
lift this curse that has been cast upon me

appreciate the good times
but don't take the worst for granted
'cause you only get so many second chancesback to top
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