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Santa Monica
Everclear Lyrics


I am still living with your ghost
Lonely and dreaming of the west coast
I don't wanna be your downtime
I don't wanna be your stupid game

With my big black boots and an old suitcase
I do believe I'll find myself a new place
I don't wanna be the bad guy
I don't wanna do your sleepwalk dance anymore
I just wanna see some palm trees
I will try and shake away this disease

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

I am still dreaming of your face
Hungry and hollow for all the things you took away
I don't wanna be your good time
I don't wanna be your fall-back crutch anymore

Walk right up into a brand new day
Insane and rising in my own weird way
I don't wanna be the bad guy
I don't wanna do your sleepwalk dance anymore

I just wanna feel some sunshine
I just wanna find some place to be alone

We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die

Yeah, watch the world die
Yeah, watch the world die
Yeah, watch the world die
Yeah, watch the world die

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya, Greg Eklund

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GTA2SWcity

This song, though one of many in this era, is the epitome of the 90's.

It's kept on cruising through the decades to follow, slipping through cracks. Band made it big, but nobody talks about it. Doesn't get played out, it just plays.

This song ever reverberating in the ambient, like an ever present rhapsody. Timeless, yet time and time again.

Uniting us who have known it from the start of its life, and drawing those who'll hear it for the first time.

And this to comprehend, and behold,
Yet may it ever be back again and again when we are old, it will continue beyond through the end.

We shall all burn up or fade away. Here this song will be once we're gone, surely as day yields night and night raises day.



Forrest George

I am still livin' with your ghost
Lonely and dreamin' of the west coast
I don't wanna be your downtime
I don't wanna be your stupid game
With my big black boots and an old suitcase
I do believe I'll find myself a new place
I don't wanna be the bad guy
I don't wanna do your sleepwalk dance anymore
I just wanna see some palm trees
I will try and shake away this disease
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
We can live beside the ocean
Leave the fire behind
Swim out past the breakers
Watch the world die
I am still dreamin' of your face
Hungry and hollow for all the things you took away
I don't wanna be your good time
I don't wanna be your fallback crutch anymore
Walk right out into a brand new day
Insane and risin' in my own weird way
I don't wanna be the bad guy
I don't wanna do your sleepwalk dance anymore
I just wanna feel some sunshine
I just wanna find some place to be alone
Yeah watch the world die



Jermbot15

I remember my pretentious dramaqueen friend from highschool playing the "So Much for the Afterglow" album and trying to relate every song to his mundane life.



"Father Of Mine is so much like my life!"
"Your dad's right upstairs, has a good job, and we're playing the latest WCW vs. NWO game on your N64 buddy..."
"My girlfriend tries to be everything to everyone."
"She's just nice, and insecure. Talk to me when her self esteem is so low that she lets you sleep with her."



Despite that though I liked the band, and used a file sharing service called mIRC to download a variety of their MP3's. This song was the song of theirs I still think about at odd times.



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Travis Breaux

This song will forever signify the beginning of my freedom and independence. It was 1995, I was 17 years old and it was my senior year of highschool, and I had just gotten my first vehicle. It was a 1986 ford ranger that I bought for $500 (Lil' Blue). I was cruising around with the windows "rolled" down and the wind blowing through my hair. This song was blaring on the radio and everything was right with the world it seemed. I'm 39 now and this song just brings me right back to that day every single time I hear it. I drove that truck for about 1-1/2 years until I was broadsided and it got totaled. I can still feel the scar inside my mouth right now (no seatbelt, wore them everyday since then). The junk yard bought it from me for $400. Years later I went back to that junk yard to get parts for my explorer, and it was still there. I sat in the driver's seat, looked down at the gear shift that I broke with my thigh. I then felt the dashboard with my hand where my face had gotten slammed into it and broke it. I looked on the floorboard and found an old Zippo lighter I had bought in New Orleans years before, it still worked. I sat and reminisced for a bit thinking of how lucky I was. My injuries were very minor. I got the parts I had initially came for, threw them in the back of my explorer and got in the drivers seat to leave and started it up. And don't you know this song started playing on the radio from the beginning. It's like Lil' Blue was saying one last goodbye. I sat there and listened for bit before taking off, I almost cried. I turned the volume up, pushed the button to put the power windows down, and cruised down the road reminiscing once more as the wind blew through my hair. Memories trapped in music.

Jack with a Hat

That's an amazing story! godspeed, Lil' Blue!

Travis Breaux

@Raymond Smith it’s funny you say that. For the past 22 years, I’ve worked for an electric utility company who’s office just got destroyed by hurricane Ida. We’ve been working out of temp trailers for the past 33 days, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m exhausted and we probably have a couple more weeks ahead of us until we finish restoration of power. But I do have a sense fulfillment in my job and I’m good at what I do. Each day is different and I do get out once in a while to do field work. I work with and for great people who truly value me. I could probably make a little more elsewhere, but where I am is home now. Thanks for giving a damn though. Thats pretty cool of you.

Raymond Smith

I hoped your happy an not working in some shitty office

Alexa Saltz

@Travis Breaux Yeah... :) '69 VW Bug in blue.

Travis Breaux

@Alexa Saltz thanks, definitely all true though. I literally think about that every time I hear this song. 🙏

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Another Little Piece of My Art

My brother passed away today. This was his favorite song. When mine and his kids were little, he used to sing and play it for them. One day my daughter caught it on the radio and said, "Uncle Matt, there's someone on the radio singing YOUR song!" So this is for you, Matt. I love you and miss you- My Brother- My Other. Forever and always. Hope you finally got to see some palm trees, love SIS. RIP , MCM 9/7/72- 4/14/20


EDIT: 2/21
I have so much gratitude for all of your sweet and thoughtful words. Thank you so much for taking time to send those my way.
I'm linking a couple pics..💙
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WMsg2k4ZpWQjBRfJ8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/H9djoZMzb6MpA39v9

Katelyn Brown

This was a great way to memorialize your brother.

Cole Peterson

My family to yours, we wish you the best!

michael champlin

Matt had great taste if this was his favorite. RIP

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