So Long, Astoria

from So Long, Astoria by The Ataris

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"So Long, Astoria" - Lyrics and Music: Kristopher Roe

It was the first snow of the season
i can almost see you breathing
in the middle of that empty street

Sometimes i still see myself
in that lonesome bedroom
playing 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 remembrance
are just like shipwrecks;
Only they're gone faster
than the smell after it rains.

Last night while everyone was sleeping
I drove through my old neighborhood
and resurrected memories from ashes.

We said that we would never fit in
when 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.
Polaroids of classrooms unattended
these relics of remembrance
are just like shipwrecks;
Only they're gone faster
than the smell after it rains.

So long Astoria
I've 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
it's final grain of sand
I'll raise my glass to the memories we had.
This is my wish and I'm taking it back
I'm taking them all back.

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from So Long, Astoria, released March 5, 2003

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