From the album The New Years Tapes - EP

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Stolen Memories is the first song that we wrote as a band, and it started at our first band practice once we decided to start writing. Lou said to us, “So, how do you guys wanna do this?” Julian responded by telling Tas to play the first groove that popped into his head, and just like that the verse was written and everything went from there. The bridge was written in a similar way. Everyone hit sort of a road block once we got to that part, then Tas just kept playing and an awesome groove came out.

The song’s lyrics center around an experience Julian had one day when he was outside of a grocery store with his mom. As he was pulling into a parking spot outside, he noticed a woman who was leaning onto the wall of the store as she walked. She looked like she was struggling extremely hard just to stay on her feet, and he and his mom realized they needed to go ask if she needed help. They approached her, and she didn’t know where she was, nor did she know her own name. Julian’s mom noticed a police officer who happened to be conveniently driving by just as this was happening, and she waved him over. The woman wound up being taken away in an ambulance, and neither of them ended up finding out what happened to her that day.

Although Julian obviously didn’t know anything about her medical history, he reasoned that those were symptoms that fell in line with diseases like Dimentia and Alzheimers. Based on that, he made up a background story for her, and wrote lyrics about what he felt must’ve been going on in her head.

Lyrics

I don't know my own name
The doctors tell me I'm insane
The only thing I remember are my family's cries of pain
When they realized how brain dead I am
Now I'm living in vain
I'm living in vain

This isn't the side of the dirt that I'm choosing
I'm fighting this battle but I can tell that I'm losing
They're telling me to keep my head up
But I'm not quite sure I see the point
As my condition worsens I find I'm not the person that I used to be

Keep me trapped in a hole
Til I die an old waste of space
I've lost my place
I'm nothing but a burden on everyone's back
If only I could've had a heart attack

This isn't the side of the dirt that I'm choosing
I'm fighting this battle but I can tell that I'm losing
They're telling me to keep my head up
But I'm not quite sure I see the point
As my condition worsens I find I'm not the person that I used to be

Used to be
Used to be
Used to be
Used to be
They're telling me to keep my head up
But I'm not quite sure I see the point

This isn't the side of the dirt that I'm choosing
I'm fighting this battle but I can tell that I'm losing
They're telling me to keep my head up
But I'm not quite sure I see the point
As my condition worsens I find I'm not the person that I

I can't wait to be gone