"Begin Again From the Beginning" as written by and Kris Roe John Collura....
I had traveled till each road had met the end of the earth
With nowhere else to go, I looked back in amazement
When I finally realized how far that I had actually gone
I was still standing in the same place that I started
Till I fell down and I cried out
There was silence
A deafening silence
More brilliant than anything

And there was a bird with feathers
Bright and red as blood
At least that's what you saw
I saw an angel on the whitest November's morning
And I heard her sing the sweetest cry
As if she wanted to reach down
And tell me it would be alright
And I knew it would be alright

I walked on and stared into that golden sun
I was blinded but enamored by its beauty
Till I fell down and I cried out
There was silence
A deafening silence
More brilliant than anything

And there was a bird with feathers
Bright and red as blood
At least that's what you saw
I saw an angel on the whitest November's morning
And I heard her sing the sweetest cry
As if she wanted to reach down
And tell me it would be alright
And I knew it would be alright

Foreign train tracks serenade you
But their sound is never permanent
These landscapes ever changing
Like arrival times on runway billboards
You close your eyes and they are gone

And there was a bird with feathers
Bright and red as blood
At least that's what you saw
I saw an angel on the whitest November's morning
And I heard her sing the sweetest cry
That you wanted to reach down
And tell me it would be alright
And I knew it would be alright


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    General CommentAre these lyrics right? Some of it doesn't make much sense...

    Anyway, I heard Kris and John play this live at an acoustic show in San Diego... I was sitting on a cold concrete floor and squished by the people around me cuz the room was so small. But then as soon as I heard just the first lines of this song... I knew in my head it was all worth it.

    It's so rich of emotion - like there's feelings of helplessness, defeat, uncertainty of where to go from here, all wrapped up in nostalgia but still somehow... I felt comforted, hearing this song...

    It's songs like this that make Kris Roe one of the greatest song writers ever, in my humble opinion.
    debonnaireon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttheres several errors in the lyrics:

    "How far that I had actually come" ('come' should be 'gone')

    "On the whitest of November mornings"

    should be: "On the whitest November's morning"

    "And I heard her sing the sweetest lines" ('lines' should be 'cry')

    "That you wanted to reach down"

    should be: "As if she wanted to reach down"

    "These lipstains ever changing" ('lipstains' should be 'landscapes')

    and lastly "You close your eyes and then the're gone"

    'the're' should be 'you're'
    cosmokon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCome on now, use some common sense before putting lyrics up: "Like arrival times on railway bluebirds" is definetly wrong. Sounds like it should be "Like arrival times on railway billboards"
    st5801on July 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell actually a lot of the lyrics in this song that Kris Roe actually does sing, sound questionable. "I have traveled to each road" is clearly what he says, but I still don't think that makes much sense lol.

    And a "bluebird", I believe, is actually a type of train car.
    debonnaireon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've decided that it's definitely bluebirds.
    eltroyo11on July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, its billboards. The lyrics in the case of the cd say so. But anyway, if anyone is interested, this song (as stated in an interview by Kris) is about a time where he was living in a hotel room and had nowhere else to live. He was basically at rock bottom. He woke up hung over probably from drugs as well as alcohol (although don't quote me on it). He felt utterly defeated and hopelss, but when he looked outside he saw a brilliantly bright red bird. To him the bird was a symbol telling him that everything would get better, and it helped give him hope. Thus the lyrics
    "And there was a bird with feathers
    bright and red as blood
    At least that's what you saw
    I saw an angel
    On the whitest November's morning
    And I heard her sing the sweetest cry
    As if she wanted to reach down
    And tell me it would be alright
    And I knew it would be alright"
    To most people, it would have just been a bird, but to kris, it was an angel sent to help him through his hardest times. This song is a perfect example of how beautifully deep this man can write his lyrics
    KingOfAllExcuses17on February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe "Railway Bluebirds?" Yeah, that's supposed to be "Runway Bilboards" - it says this in the CD fold out thingy...
    x_x_switzerland_x_xon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Ataris song ever. I remember hearing it for the first time and just sitting there thinking, "Wow." It's a much different sound than anything in So Long, Astoria, which I consider to be thier best album. But nonetheless, this is what I consider to be their best song. It really makes you appreciate life for what it is, especially the chorus. How Kris saw something as simple as a bird but to him it was "an angel". It's appreciating the life you live that's most important, and every time I listen to it, I can't help but be glad that I'm alive. Awesome.
    kch15on March 08, 2010   Link

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