"if you really want to hear about it"

another lonely seaside town
where the seasons closed it down.
but if you close your eyes
you can almost hear the sounds of crowds gone by.

another year you'll all be here
falling in love and watching sunsets and sunrises.
it'll be grand and just what you planned
'til tomorrow comes and you've said your last goodbyes.
he says he'll write, but he won't write
and you will waste your time
so stay the fuck home and greet everyone with goodbye.

on this lonely winter's day
while all the crowds were still away
I realized the attraction
to temporary miles and holidays.

boardwalk dreams all boarded up
another souvenir made to be broken.
chasing the sun isn't my kind of fun.
I'd rather sit and catch snowflakes on my tongue.
when summers gone I won't be sad
as you cling on to all the good times that you've had
'cause being alone isn't really all that bad.

don't ever tell anyone anything
or else you'll wind up missing everybody.
don't ever tell anyone anything.


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    General CommentThis is what I think to be one of the most awesomest songs I've ever heard in my life. It just says that when your world is crowded with people and strangers, it kinda sucks.
    Creationon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdid anyone else notice that "if you really want to hear about it" is the first line of the book 'The Catcher in the Rye' by JD Salinger, and the line "don't ever tell anyone anything or else you'll wind up missing everybody" is the same as the last line from the book (give or take a word or two). The Ataris are educated punks!!! what's hte significance or these lines? anybody?
    loserkidgirlon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awesome song, not only because it's by the ataris, but because the song seems to be somewhat based on my favorite book "The Catcher In the Rye" by JD Salinger. I think the last three lines in the song/book mean that once you tell someone something, you have a connection with them, and if you have to someday leave them, you're gonna miss them alot more. I don't know, that's just what i got from it, i could be wrong. whatever the significance of those lines, it's still a beautiful song!
    xSadderStarxon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdude this iz a GR8 song...i donno y evrys talking about "The Catcher In The Rye"bt whatever...haha, anywayz, this iz1 of the *Ataris best songs 2 my knowledge..Itz on "End Is Forever" which iz also a GR8 CD so if U dont hav it GO GET IT 4 shits sake!.....ExCxFxU!
    NeuroticECFUon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentha! i just had a revelation. i was just listening to this song and that last line reminded me of something... we just got done reading catcher in my lit class, and it's an amazing book. and yes, i do realize that somebody has already mentioned it.

    but it really does make a lot of sense. it's all about solitude and loneliness. "another year you'll all be here/falling in love and watching sunsets and sunrises./it'll be grand and just what you planned/'til tomorrow comes and you've said your last goodbyes./he says he'll write, but he won't write/and you will waste your time/so stay the fuck home and greet everyone with goodbye." he knows that society's fucked up and it's pointless to be so shallow.

    holden caulfield is my hero...
    krystinaon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentso i'm not crazy! it's good to know other people picked up on the "catcher in the rye" reference. i agree with krystina that the lyrics in the song coincide with holden caulfield's views on life and society. this song has become my bitterness anthem, haha. i like it because it does have that cynical tone, but with a slight hope that it'll all be okay, "'cause being alone isn't really all that bad". another
    amazing song by the ataris.
    BlueSkiesBrokenHearton August 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you guys i guess, but when i first heard it, what stuck in my mind was a "festival"like no the beach, and as he says "if you close your eyes you can almost hear the sound of crowds gone by" Then another year you will be here etc etc"at the festival, and people will fall in love and make friends but then lose contact of them, i dont know,i sort it used that as a metaphor for life etc
    blinkminion August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the connection to catcher in the rye. i think waht he means is its easier to blcok out memories and try to get rid of them, but onceyou tell someone them, you remember them, and it makesyou miss it.
    GIpunkrockRLon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti guess maybe Kris feels kinda linked to Holden in some way, maybe he experienced the same depression, alienation etc. Its kinda llike, hes bitter about not being one of the people having fun but being alone isnt really all that bad
    loserkidgirlon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits kinda like he's saying, he'd rather be alone and not deal with seperation than be surrounded by people who'll eventually move on..just like Holden
    loserkidgirlon September 25, 2002   Link

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