"I Remember a Rooftop" as written by and Derek Grant Matt Skiba....
I remember a rooftop making out
Downstairs the cupboard screamed so loud
I waited so long for that night
Then I just turned away

And I know every street on the West Side
But I was lost, unfound, not right
Maybe there's something wrong inside

Now I've got nowhere to go, my hands is all that I've got
I'm so sorry for so many things, that I haven't said yet
This is the waiting room I spend my whole life in
They gave me a thousand hands so I could calm my sins
If I'm lucky, maybe I'll finish before the roof caves in

I lost my life on the first try
You found it miles down the line
A swollen face with three first names
You kiss the taste back in my tongue
You suck the smoke out of my lungs
And then we slept for days and days, and days
When we woke up, my heart had choked up
Had to say I love you way too soon
But right there on your couch you loved me too
Right there on your couch you loved me too

Nineteen and sober once or twice
I caught some junky's bad advice
Up to my eyes in others problems
Couldn't see I'd never solve them

I'm only skin and bone and piss and pills unknown
I took my lousy shot at public recognition
Could never pull the trigger if I wasn't shaking

I lost my life on the first try
You found it miles down the line
A swollen face with three first names

You kiss the taste back in my tongue
You suck the smoke out of my lungs
And then we slept for days and days, and days

When we woke up, my heart had choked up
Had to say I love you way too soon
But right there on your couch you loved me too
Right there on your couch you loved me too


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"I Remember a Rooftop" as written by Derek Grant Daniel Andriano

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    Song MeaningWhat a great song. I'm glad I get to be the first to comment and would like to mention these lyrics:

    "I took my lousy shot at public recognition
    Could never pull the trigger if I wasn't shaking"

    It brings up an interesting point about musicians who suffer(ed) from drug or alcohol abuse. I'm not saying it's right, but I think many would agree that some of a musicians best writing comes out when that person has drug/alcohol issues.

    These lyrics make the case that he might never have taken a shot if he wasn't on something at the time. He's saying he may never have "pulled the trigger" at his "shot at public recognition" if he "wasn't shaking" - on drugs/alcohol.

    It's just interesting because while many Alkaline Trio songs have a hint of bitterness towards a past of drug abuse, they are acknowledging here that it is a part of how they got started in the first place.

    Could be waaaay off, but that's how I look at it.

    ace8cjcon September 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song from Damnesia. Really hits me hard when I hear it, because nearly the whole thing applies to the past 2 months for me.
    blaisetheslayeron January 23, 2012   Link

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