If Only For Memories
Toh Kay Lyrics


When you were born you were not alone
Nothing was carved into the stone quite yet but don't forget
You heard someone say, "It won't get better than this!"
That was the sound of your father
As he held you up to your mother
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the one that you felt right then

They held you up, they held you up
And everybody else they fell to the wayside
This is the start of the beginning
The prologue to the tale that you're spinning
A million synonyms will never come close to describe the feeling

Don't ever leave, 'cause if you do dear, I guarantee that you'll regret the day you did
And you'll miss all the simple things
And you'll see everything you ever loved start fading 'till there's nothing left, oh oh

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

So now you're young and you feel alone
Despite friends family and all the good things now surrounding you
You can't help thinking, "Oh there's gotta be some more to do"
When all the things that you cherish
Turn into burdens then there is
No other path to take, you know what you got to do but you don't know how

They'll hold you back, they'll hold you down
And you kinda feel bad but you know that you gotta get out
This is your pain your dilemma
Do you stay in the town where they raised ya
Or will you sail away
Pull the anchor and go heading for the come what may

You have to leave
'Cause if you don't dear
You'll never see the things you read about in books
You saw the films and you were hooked
But everything you want won't come to you
You realize now that you gotta go see this through

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

So now you're all raised, on your own
Two souls, to put yourself at home
You finally settled down
You've seen the world but your heart never left this town
They have the eyes of your mother
The kind of crooked teeth of their father
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the love that you feel for them

You'll hold them up, you'll hold them up
And everybody else should fall to the wayside
There is no end no beginning
On this merry-go-round we call living
Someday you will return, every single ounce of the love you were given

Someday they'll go
And when they leave home
You will be grateful for the lesson that you learned
You had to travel half the world
To realize what you knew all along
That everything will end up where it belongs

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

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Gabe T.

When you were born you were not alone
Nothing was carved into the stone quite yet but don't forget
You heard someone say, "It won't get better than this!"
That was the sound of your father
As he held you up to your mother
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the one that you felt right then

They held you up, they held you up
And everybody else they fell to the wayside
This is the start of the beginning
The prologue to the tale that you're spinning
A million synonyms will never come close to describe the feeling

Don't ever leave, 'cause if you do dear, I guarantee that you'll regret the day you did
And you'll miss all the simple things
And you'll see everything you ever loved start fading 'till there's nothing left, oh oh

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories


So now you're young and you feel alone
Despite friends family and all the good things now surrounding you
You can't help thinking, "Oh there's gotta be some more to do"
When all the things that you cherish
Turn into burdens then there is
No other path to take, you know what you got to do but you don't know how

They'll hold you back, they'll hold you down
And you kinda feel bad but you know that you gotta get out
This is your pain your dilemma
Do you stay in the town where they raised ya
Or will you sail away
Pull the anchor and go heading for the come what may

You have to leave
'Cause if you don't dear
You'll never see the things you read about in books
You saw the films and you were hooked
But everything you want won't come to you
You realize now that you gotta go see this through

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

So now you're all raised, on your own
Two souls, to put yourself at home
You finally settled down
You've seen the world but your heart never left this town
They have the eyes of your mother
The kind of crooked teeth of their father
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the love that you feel for them

You'll hold them up, you'll hold them up
And everybody else should fall to the wayside
There is no end no beginning
On this merry-go-round we call living
Someday you will return, every single ounce of the love you were given

Someday they'll go
And when they leave home
You will be grateful for the lesson that you learned
You had to travel half the world
To realize what you knew all along
That everything will end up where it belongs

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories



TJ Miller

I want to answer why the third verse was left off the street light version. This my opinion of course, but it comes from my experience playing punk rock and writing songs.

Look at the play time. This version is nearly 6 minutes long and that's cutting a bridge with some solid horn section work that makes streetlight, streetlight.

An 8 minute song would be fine for some but thats really pushing it for most punk centric fan bases.

They cut the last verse cause while it does tie it up nicely its the only verse they could cut and still have a story. And the parenthood phase of life isn't really on brand again with a punk centric fan base.

Thomas worked this out perfectly in my mind.. Younger streetlight light fans will relate to the streetlight version and keep the pace moving. Those who may be a little older and more open to an acoustic version or really digging deep in the catalog will get a hidden gem of a beautiful third verse. Genius.



All comments from YouTube:

TODD Hurley

Had our first child yesterday... I can't help but feel for this song so much harder already. This song is that much more meaningful already.

ThePinnacleSFA

here's to you and your child :)

smpleleo

Congrats!!

felipe

Congratulations! Cheers from rio de janeiro :)

Tomas Wallyveira

;)

Michael Siegler

Congratulations! I hope all is well. Show that kid the world!

Gabe T.

When you were born you were not alone
Nothing was carved into the stone quite yet but don't forget
You heard someone say, "It won't get better than this!"
That was the sound of your father
As he held you up to your mother
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the one that you felt right then

They held you up, they held you up
And everybody else they fell to the wayside
This is the start of the beginning
The prologue to the tale that you're spinning
A million synonyms will never come close to describe the feeling

Don't ever leave, 'cause if you do dear, I guarantee that you'll regret the day you did
And you'll miss all the simple things
And you'll see everything you ever loved start fading 'till there's nothing left, oh oh

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories


So now you're young and you feel alone
Despite friends family and all the good things now surrounding you
You can't help thinking, "Oh there's gotta be some more to do"
When all the things that you cherish
Turn into burdens then there is
No other path to take, you know what you got to do but you don't know how

They'll hold you back, they'll hold you down
And you kinda feel bad but you know that you gotta get out
This is your pain your dilemma
Do you stay in the town where they raised ya
Or will you sail away
Pull the anchor and go heading for the come what may

You have to leave
'Cause if you don't dear
You'll never see the things you read about in books
You saw the films and you were hooked
But everything you want won't come to you
You realize now that you gotta go see this through

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

So now you're all raised, on your own
Two souls, to put yourself at home
You finally settled down
You've seen the world but your heart never left this town
They have the eyes of your mother
The kind of crooked teeth of their father
No one will ever know, a love as pure as the love that you feel for them

You'll hold them up, you'll hold them up
And everybody else should fall to the wayside
There is no end no beginning
On this merry-go-round we call living
Someday you will return, every single ounce of the love you were given

Someday they'll go
And when they leave home
You will be grateful for the lesson that you learned
You had to travel half the world
To realize what you knew all along
That everything will end up where it belongs

And I believe that every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before
And I see the things that I pretend that I don't see
And I keep them in my head love, if only for memories

Josh Gordon

It still baffles me that they didn't include the third verse in the Streetlight version of this song. That verse brings the whole song full circle, and just feels incomplete without it.

The Smash Room

because fuck victory records

Gannon

Im hoping they include it in the new recording

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