In those days, I was a train-wreck
I was lost in a sea of alcohol, irony, and unbridled self-pity
There were so many words I had to write
Confessions on my mind
I designed them and delivered them with reckless abandon

My tightly coiled repressed, frustrated past fading fast
I was constantly exploding
I was constantly screaming
The days moved slow and the nights dissolved into a thickening haze
Where I spoke with a tongue that wasn't mine to faces I couldn't recognize

There's so much I forget
There's so much more I'd like to

I'm through with the past, but the past isn't through with me

That's who I was when we first met in cathartic song
When I became the patron saint of the depressed and neglected
I left those days, those places, and that person all on tape
Absolved, I resolved to start again and never look back

But you want me where I was
And you still remind me

I'm through with the past
But the past isn't through with me


Lyrics submitted by bobby frank

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    General CommentI love this song.

    I got as much as I could. I probably made a few mistakes. Just let me know and I'll fix it.
    bobby frankon May 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlright, these are the official lyrics from their MySpace. It's all right. =)
    bobby frankon May 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGood job. I was just about to do this.

    I think this is about his days at the end of his time, and even possibly after his time with TBS. He was lost, because he always had TBS. He was depressed, but also sick of the depressing songs Lazarra wrote...
    "Where I spoke with a tongue that wasn't mine to faces I couldn't recognize." He was singing songs he didn't agree with or want to sing in TBS.

    ...So he started Straylight Run.
    And here he is.

    As far as the meaning of the chorus...

    Has he had thoughts about leaving Straylight Run and going back to TBS? Michelle left SLR for Destry... and now that Fred's not in TBS anymore, have Adam and John been talking?

    No idea, honestly.


    I hope Straylight Run is here to stay. But for the fact that John has a solo record coming out...

    Is this the end of Straylight?
    jacobjtlon May 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about Johns thoughts leaving tbs and i believe John is singing to us the fans saying he is trying to forget tbs but everyone reminds him by posting shit on his blogs or myspace or whatever saying how they remember him from tbs. and i think its in response to how much criticism they got for the last album.

    another thing if he does a solo album it will be pretty good maybe him and jesse will tour together
    ripkirlon May 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think it's cool that adam is trying to make things better with john. maybe next he'll try to re-befriend jesse from brand new and then the world will make sense again.

    am i the only one that thinks a brand new/straylight run/taking back sunday tour is in order?
    sixtynineisgoodon June 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat's that John? you're through with the past? i beg to differ

    takingbacksunday.com
    provethatIexiston March 29, 2010   Link

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