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 its 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.


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    General CommentAwesome song. First listen for me didnt do it, but listening to it more and more it really caught my ear.

    To me, this song is talking about how things things used to be are better. Or that's what I get from the first part of the song.
    WEEZontheRADIO.HEADon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song, but i think it's a little less about how thing use to be better and more about the way that they inevitably change. It seems to be about someone leaving middle america, much like kris, and giving it all up for someone else. trying to leave for a better life and ironically travelling around never finding it..."Trailer parks, neon signs, and an empty box of Lucky Strikes: all used up from the dashboard of America". in either case what you leave behind does not wait for you things fall and people change and die..."You'll be saddened to know the train tracks you once walked as a young boy are now nothing but a graveyard".
    SDPUNK83on March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about how the american dream was to have this perfect little quaint house, with a perfect little yard, and a perfect family, and all these "perfect" things that would make one "happy" but americans got obbsessed with money and making it, so they sacrificed "perfect happiness" for money, and this song shows how pointless it is to do that because those things don't matter as he demonstrates by saying that the factories that were once made to make someone rich and now they are abandoned because people found out that money and riches won't make you happy. this song pretty much just shows how the american dream is broken.
    rufiosuxon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about how things change for the worst. and we cant really change that. all we can do is figure out who we are and realize that who we are is the only thing we can control and we have to continue to be ourselves, no matter how much things change around us.
    idk i think i got this all wrong but whatever.
    a sense 0f hopeon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is ataris at its best
    Some lyric corrections-instead of the bleakest dreams ,its your pink house dreams, dont want to sound like killer nerd but just letting u know, super song
    blinkminion April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbeing an english person it reminds me of when i went to the east coast of america and driving thru it i listened 2 this song alot... its kinda amazing being in the US as england is such a crap place!.. anyways gd song.. esp the bit when kris kinda screams NOTHING REALLY MATTERS - true tho :D
    chessie87on April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"I'm trying to believe in you, but all these satellites and shattered dreams are blocking out my view."
    I believe this part of the song is about God... Satellites are in between Kris and the stars where God is maybe? i dunno, just a thought...
    JimmysDreamgirlon April 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentay. i just found this in A.P Magazine also...
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    Roe also wanted to write a song that expressed his religious views, utilizing the metaphor of a broken down Midwestern town, a run down house and lost dreams.

    "theres so many different things in that song its hard to sum up, " he admits of "all you can ever learn you already know." "I was (wondering) how in this world where you have all these countries in the middle east fighting over religion, and all the problems with catholic priests and what not, it must be so hard for so many people to look past all this and really try to find faith in God or something.

    The chorus of the song says, 'I'm trying to believe in you.' I'm saying this to god; I'm trying my hardest to have faith despite all this ugliness in the world.
    JimmysDreamgirlon April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think Kris is saying that he is trying to believe in god and the american dream but all around him he sees the world becoming worse and worse and he doesnt understand how anyone could let that happen... basically what he said in the ap article...And that America is taking its power and strength for granted (is this how it was intended) just my thoughts...
    thousandcleverlineson May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI totally love this song! And to 'sevenislucky' The Ataris are nothing like Sugarcult, but I like them both. I think this song is one of the best on the new album. First time I listened to it I didn't really like the beginning, so I just skipped it, then I forced myself to listen to the entire album and I liked almost every single song... weird, huh?
    lovinpunkrawk_101on June 05, 2003   Link

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