Born from hippies,back in '69.
I was bored by 1992.
I walked into a recruitment office the year before that.
'Said, "Son, we've been waiting for you."

Discharged from the Gulf War the very same year.
I came home with a carton or two,
Of cigarettes and mixtapes, bullets from a gun.
That my dead best friend never did use,

Oh, Atlanta.
Please need me like I needed you.
Let your sweaty embrace open wide.
'Cause Atlanta, I've fallen like some people do
And I need all your ground to survive.

Wasted and down-trotted, lonely and vain.
I cried myself blind at the site..
Of the old shopping center where we used to ride.
Now condos as sterile as I.

So I bought me an old airstream for three thousand bucks.
From a drug dealer I used to owe.
And I thought to myself as I slept off a high
The irony is starting to show.

Oh, Atlanta.
Please need me like I needed you.
Let your sweaty embrace open wide.
'Cause Atlanta, I've fallen like some people do
And I need all your ground to survive.

I drove out to Ashville 'cause that's where you were
Where you married in for money and pills.
And I wanted so badly to be good with you now
The fact is that you never will.

Because some become lovers because of sex.
And some, you know, they just become friends.
In our case we just became bad at it all
And I never got good at it again.

Oh, Atlanta.
Please need me like I needed you.
Let your sweaty embrace open wide.
'Cause Atlanta, I'm suffocating like some people do
And I need all your air to survive.


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    General CommentThis song is amazing. I am not sure if this is about him or not, but the lyrics are very fitting to some of the things that are happening in the world today. I love Butch and you can interpret his songs in so many different ways and that is why he is so amazing. This song is one of the saddest ones on the album but I think it fits well.
    xandsoitgoeson November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful♥
    He write awesome sad songs.
    The line : Of cigarettes and mixtapes, bullets from a gun.
    That my dead best friend never did use.
    So it means that hs best friend is dead. In stateline some are specualting over the suicide of his friend. maybe he's really killed. But here it semms like he has been killed by a gun.
    PinkLenon October 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fantastic!
    but its just so sad...
    i wonder what happened to him that he wrote this song?
    kellymarieon August 01, 2008   Link

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