"St. Augustine" as written by and Patty Larkin....
Silver scents of Saint Augustine
Fire in the ground
Between my better teeth
We're dancing on the poison in their graves
At the end of the night
We'd all seen better days

I know you tried
I know you're cursed
I know your best was still your worst
When Hollywood was calling out your name

If I stayed behind
Would you let your hair grow?
I will forget
The favors that you owe
I'm dreaming of car wrecks and thunderstorms bright
Let's bury ourselves
And go haunt someone tonight

I know you tried
I know you're cursed
I know your best was still your worst
When Hollywood was calling out your name
Saint Augustine


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"St. Augustine" as written by Patty Larkin

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    General CommentI think the St. Augustine referred to in the song might be the actual person. He was converted to Christianity, embraced it as truth, and became a saint, but eventually left this sect of religion. Although he no longer practiced Christianity, he could not bring himself to refute his testimony about what he believed to be true.

    I don't think this song is religious, but I do think it is about someone who turned their back on the narrator just as St. Augustine turned on religion. Although the subject has abandoned either this love, familial tie, or friendship for something completely opposite, he or she cannot deny this past relationship. "Hollywood" could either refer to the actual place. It could also have a metaphorical meaning because Hollywood is geographically opposite of St. Augustine within the continental United States, just as the subject is completely opposite of the person they used to be.

    "I know you tried
    I know you're cursed
    I know your best was still your worst
    When Hollywood was calling out your name
    Saint Augustine"

    That part gets me every time.
    fairweatherfriendon November 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI really think this song is about forgiveness. More so about saying "Even though you didn't reach the top, it's okay". From the lyrics, it's almost as if he (the singer), or someone he knew left it all behind (St. Augustine) in order to pursue something better (the grass is always greener on the other side) - but ultimately failed in the end.

    "i know you tried
    i know you're cursed
    i know your best was still your worst
    when hollywood was calling out your name"

    It's a really beautiful song, and whenever I hear I conjure in my head the image of the Lady in Black who always visited Rudolph Valentino's grave. Or - images of the 1920's in general. As personal as this song is, it's almost like a secret that many of us can put our own meanings to.

    To me - it's about forgiveness, even if you tried your hardest, and thought leaving everything for something better - but realizing that it's not. It's about redemption.
    shredofmartyrson July 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:)
    slinkstersarson April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSt. Augustine, neyond actually being a person, could be referring to many things I imagine if not the person itself. I image there are lots of place called St. Augustine.
    None the less, this is a wonderul song.
    "Let's bury ourselves and go haunt someone tonight" I would love to have a friend who shared the same love and sick morbib humor as myself.
    thefooligan5on May 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont think its about St. Augustine, FL but I could be wrong. I guess that town is considered to be "very" haunted so that little tie in may have something to do with it?

    Either way, I love this song and album. It reminds me of a really great person I know. Who, oddly enough, happened to go to college in St. Augustine, FL.

    I think of her whenever I hear this. Great song. Great album.
    danny_Horneyon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit IS about St. Augustine, FL.
    tree ringson July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant song
    Ocean Soulon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a party where everyone is drunk off their ass. where he mentions "dancing on the poisoned in their graves," it makes me think that he and the person hes talking to are the last ones awake and the others are passed out. and at the end of the night, after theyve been partying all night, they felt like crap and had seen better days. then he says "lets bury ourselves," which means lets give in and pass out like everyone else that are in their graves. anybody see what i mean?
    benroweon August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere's either a school in St. Augustine or a school called St. Augustine... where the native americans were forced to cut all their hair off and be completely devoid of their culture in order to be civilized according to the white people. There is also a huge graveyard outside the school now where they put the bodies of the children who died from exposure to diseases....
    I have no idea what the references to Hollywood and cars are though.So maybe it's just a notion.
    aadhairon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song but it frustrates me ...

    "i know you tried
    i know you're cursed
    i know your best was still your worst"

    and

    "let's bury ourselves
    and go haunt someone tonight"

    i really like these lines, but i really can't tie the entire thing together.
    barronson November 28, 2006   Link

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