Twelve new songs from "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" sessions

by The Ataris

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Now you rest amongst the rust of these roadside monuments. In all their former glories The drive in nights that came and went. You fought on hard through rain beaten nights Out past the shadows of state lines Now this victory dance, it belongs to you and I. Ashtray serenade on these Indian summer nights. Out past the cold dark desert towns Under the neon veiled starlight. We crossed the Mason-Dixon Sang with pastures gold and green Now darlin’ won’t you come on home to me. I was born in the blizzard of 1977 A southpaw heart with eyes that burned California. Lay me down under the night Under a veil of the pale starlight These Midwest kids got nothin' on California. The winter sky is weeping The factories lie in their graves Like Cold War artifacts Marching in some ghost parade We watched these streets of fire fall and crumble into the sea Now darlin' won’t you come on home to me I was born in the blizzard of 1977 A car crash heart with eyes that burned California. Lay me down under the night Under a veil of the pale starlight These Midwest girls got nothin on California. After all the tears I cried for you All the times I tried to let you go Lay me down beneath the night Under the sadness of this life Darlin take me home, won’t you take me home? Now you rest amongst the rust of these roadside monuments. In all your former sadness The neon nights that came and went. You fought on hard through rain beaten nights Out past the shadows of state lines Now this victory dance, it belongs to you and I. I was born in the blizzard of 1977 A Southpaw heart with eyes that burned California. Lay me down under the night Under a veil of the pale starlight These Midwest kids got nothin on California.
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We leave the television blaring To create the illusion that our lives are not vacant But still our hearts are so shattered We are all speeding with no destination An imaginary prize until we sadly falter Hollow children sputtering out From birth until failure, we march on forever We are only as strong as the mark we left behind It was a cold, cold day in December Your hands were folded Your heart was silent What was this boy to do? How could I possibly stay here without you? You were a young soul waiting for heaven And heaven had finally come for you I know this much is true They'll never be another one like you Hollow children sputtering out From birth until failure, we march on forever We are only as strong as the mark we left behind God, are you really listening? If this is only a test If this is only a test, I feel like I'm failing God, are you really listening? If this is only a test If this is only a test, I feel like I'm failing Failing you.
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Alone at last, just nostalgia and I, We were sure to have a blast. For you it was just another Sunday In a small Indiana town. I went by the place where you and i wrote our names in wet cement. And for a moment remembered how it felt to have no one understand... That there's this dream, And they're not part of it, How soon we do forget. The house was gone but the piano lingers on And so does the fire that burned it to the ground. You can take away all of my rights to see the day But you can't take away my love for the day. Then there's the time that you took me aside And said I was not your only son Childhood is so fucked up. I never had any closer friends Than the ones I had when I was young, Alone again. Just you and I, Nostalgia wave goodbye. I think it's time for me to go.
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The Chesapeake below These fumbled hands and nervous smiles. We medicate and stumble To find the courage to talk aloud. In the streetlight silhouette Your neon halo shines so bright While the radio cried "Young hearts be free tonight." So tell me how'd we end up here? We all want to feel something Even if it’s only for a moment. Tell me what happened to our dreams We had when we were young? We’re never looking back. Tonight, these echoes of our lives Are calling out don’t surrender. Tonight, these jukebox 45's are calling out don’t surrender. Well I am just a bit part in this movie of your life, While the night brigade roll on Out on highway 95. We’re carving out our lives on these counterfeit guitars, While the ghosts of our past ring down the boulevard. So tell me how'd we end up here? We all want to feel something If it’s only for a moment. Tell me what happened to our dreams We had when we were young? We’re never looking back. Tonight, these echoes of our lives Are calling out don’t surrender. Tonight, sad songs and whiskey nights are calling out don’t surrender. We grew up chasing sunsets, Now we both just shut our eyes. We were young and oh so bold And torn apart by county lines. Tonight, these echoes of our lives Are calling out don’t surrender. Tonight, from the basements and the dives We’re calling out don’t surrender.
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Is This How We End Up? (From "Graveyard of The Atlantic" recording sessions) Is this how we end up Stoned and out of touch, Holding candles in the rain Asking God why our light went away. Hide behind behind song and hide behind dance Trading truth for this cheap romance As modern man advances Modern man advances. Born again boys dressed like girls Trading art for cheap plastic pearls Making records and breaking hearts Stealing other bands' creative parts Since the start of me, there's no need for you This bitter pill This convenient truth Modern man advances I don't want to be a modern man.
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You said you wanted to be loved I think you wanted to be saved. Well, tell me, how am I supposed to save a girl like you When I don't even know how to save myself? I wish I could just forget The double lives, the awkwardness, A union scarred by bitterness A house we built on top of our regrets. There we were in California Two tarnished golden hearts. Were we ever really together or just afraid of being apart? I wish I could drive all night Wake up in the harsh daylight. In a different town, start a brand new life and never have to see your face again. I wonder if the spell we're under will ever be broken. I wonder if the spell we're under Is ever going to end? I guess there's never any closure Just that last look in our eyes You said you hope that I'm happy now But we both know, like everything, that's one big fucking lie. I wish I could turn around Erase our lives, take back those vows I guess it's not that easy now I'd tear that fucking chapel to the ground. I wonder if the spell we're under will ever be broken. I wonder if the spell we're under Is ever going to end? Today I woke up and these leaves had all withered, faded and fell to the ground. Like our tired hearts. I wonder if the spell we're under will ever be broken. I wonder if the spell we're under Will ever... I wonder if the spell we're under will ever be broken. I wonder if the spell we're under Is ever going to end?
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FOR COREY: Chasing signs and chasing lines but you're the only girl that's on my mind You're as golden as every sunset I've saved in my mind The Skies they burn with perfect fire and the shadows dance in the smoke of this violent midnight And the rattle of this broken axle. Two hearts come alive to the sound of old helicopters and perfect sirens, And who the hell ever said we don't get a second chance at life? All of this pain in my heart's been replaced by a delicate voice and the smile on your face, And let us say one last farewell to all our hardest goodbyes. Wolves they chase the motor's hum These arms outstretched sweet black like opium As we drift through scenic pastures. This city dreams at 4am The moonlight peaks in, fills up the well of your heart These fragile cracks in my skin. Starlight spills out onto my lips. Resuscitates a heart that has long ceased to exist, I've wanted you to be mine ever since we first met. All of this pain in my heart's been replaced by a delicate voice and the sweetest of face... And let us say one last farewell to all our hardest goodbyes.
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Darlin' I'm fallin' for you and it kills me. As I lie here stranded in the wreckage of this burned out city. Your constellation eyes have rescued a heart lost at sea. Barely breathing I need your lips to keep me healthy. Your delicate water color heart These fragile hands long to tremble in your touch I don't want to share you smile I'd rather die than be without you here tonight So darlin' dry your tears cause your heart's safe with me As long as I'm alive I'll never let you be lonely I'd rather feel the pain of a thousand broken hearts Then live with knowing that I never felt your love Let your soul burn bright with fire Just because you're breathing doesn't mean that you're alive. I want to sing your heart to rest If you'd just unlock your heart and let me in. Darlin' I'm fallin' for you and it kills me. As I lie here stranded in the wreckage of this burned out city.
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about

Over time I have released several individual new songs that were recorded or written for our forthcoming album "The Graveyard of The Atlantic"

I released many of these as single releases on Bandcamp, one at a time and because of that format, It appears that a few may have slipped through the cracks for some people.

So for this release I have compiled every song or demo that I have released for "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" so far to date.

Two new demos were added to the collection today Fri. August 7th for Bandcamp Friday.

More new songs to come soon.

Stay safe and well and thanks for listening.
We will all get through this. Just don't give up no matter how hard shit gets. Remember... This too shall pass.

credits

released June 1, 2020

Kristopher Roe - Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Bob Hoag - Drums, Percussion, Keys, Backing Vocals
*Drums on Track 2 programmed in GarageBand by Kristopher Roe.

Photography by: Kristopher Roe

Track 4-9 and the music from Tracks 1 and 3 recorded at Flying Blanket Recording, Mesa, Arizona and was part of "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" sessions.
Recorded on a 1978 Neve 8078 console, using only vintage amps, guitars and microphones.
*The vocals on Track 1 and 3 are rough demo vocals very scrappily recorded much later and are for reference only.

Tracks 4-9 Produced and Mixed by Bob Hoag.
Recorded and mixed to Analog tape.

Track 2, 10, 11 and 12 are all home recorded demos.

*Track 1 vocals are a rough demo vocal recorded using my computer microphone.
Vocals recorded somewhere in the desert southwest while recovering from COIVD-19 for a 2nd time.
Some lyrics will still likely change in a few spots as it is a demo but you get the idea.
This vocal was recorded merely for reference.

*Track 2 is a song written in 2013 while broken down on a Greyhound bus outside of Abilene, Texas.
I finally got around to working on the lyrics all of 7 years later in the foul year of our lord 2020.
Created some demo drums in GarageBand.
Recorded the bass direct into my computer.
Recorded vocals with a shitty 20 dollar Mic I bought off of Amazon and guitars were recorded using my small pocket sized Fender mini Twin amp.
The same one I had been using on all of my early Facebook and Instagram livestreams during the pandemic.
This is the end result.
Some lyrics are still missing in a couple spots.
Still a work in progress but yeah. It's a demo... but for a demo I think actually has a lot of character.

*Track 3 vocals are a rough demo scrappily recorded in my van in front of the Salvation Army on Hollywood Blvd. using some shitty $20 mic I bought on Amazon.
This vocal was recorded merely for reference.

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Honest rock n' roll, played loud, recorded to analog tape.

Founded in 1996.
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