The Ataris All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know

18 Jul

Verse 1:
D Bm G
Is this how it was intended? The sunrise over smoke stacks in the Midwest,
A
the beauty of this abandoned factory.
D Bb Bm D
Christmas lights blinking on and off all out of time
G A Bb
in what used to be, your pink house dreams of a middle class

Refrain 1:
Bm D G Bm
America, I’m trying to believe in you,
D G Em
but all these satellites and shattered dreams are blocking out my view.
A G Em A
Bb
Please don’t forget who you really are, because nothing really matters when we’re gone

(Repeat Intro once)

Verse 2:
D Bm
Fell in love with his keno waitress
G A
They honeymooned in Memphis; they were married by the drive up window.
D Bb Bm D G
Trailer parks, neon signs, and an empty box of Lucky Strikes:
A Bb
all used up on the dashboard of

Refrain 2:
Bm D G Bm
America, I’m trying to believe in you
D G Em
this world sold its fate for parking lots and drunk sincerity
A Em A
Bb
Please don’t forget who you really are, because nothing really matters when we’re –

Bridge:
Bm D G
You’ll be saddened to know the train tracks you once walked as a
Bm D G
young boy are now nothing but a graveyard
Em A G Em
A Bb
Please don’t forget how small we really are, because nothing really matters when we’re gone.

Interlude: Bm-D-G, Bm
(Do Refrain chords)

Outro:
Bm D G
I’m trying to believe in you (x4)

End on Em

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