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Local Reference in New Foo Fighters Song

by ARLnow.com April 4, 2011 at 9:49 am 4,116 23 Comments

The Foo Fighters have a new album out, and it looks like another Northern Virginia reference has made it into front man Dave Grohl’s music.

A song entitled “Arlandria” is track number five on the album, Wasting Light. Arlandria is the section of Alexandria around Mount Vernon Avenue, across from the Arlington border.

Grohl is no stranger to the area. He grew up in Northern Virginia, went to high school in Alexandria and recorded an early solo album in Arlington. His first Foo Fighters album included a song called “Weenie Beenie,” after the Shirlington hot dog stand.

Listen to the new Foo album here. The lyrics for “Arlandria,” after the jump.

Hat tip to Jim S.

Ain’t that the way it always starts.
A simple round of conversation.
In the shape of an equation.
A future station to station.

Hey. Don’t go and turn the other way.
Don’t say there’s nothin more to.. say.
Com’on here me out.
Hush, hush, settle down.
Button up, don’t make a sound.
Shame, shame, go away.
Come again some other day.

You used to say I couldn’t save you enough,
so I’ve been savin it up, I started savin it up.
And when you said I couldn’t give you enough,
I started given you up, I started given you up.

You are not me, Arlandria, Arlandria.
You and what army, Arlandria, Arlandria?
Oh, God you gotta make it…

Phase all of those memories away,
save them all for another day.
Don’t you remember it was raining down you

Wait! I wanna see if I can say.
I wanna see if you can say.
Use me up, spit me out,
let me be your hand-me-down.
Fame, fame, go away, come again so other day.

You used to say I couldn’t save you enough,
so I’ve been savin it up, I started savin it up.
And when you said I couldn’t give you enough,
I started given you up, I started given you up.

You are not me, Arlandria, Arlandria.
You and what army, Arlandria, Arlandria?
Oh, God you gotta make it stop.

My sweet Virginia, I’m the same as I was in your world.
My sweet Virginia, I’m the same as I was in your world.

Shame, shame go away,
come again some other day.
Memories keep haunting me.
Help me chase them all away.
Hush, now settle down,
button up, don’t make a sound.
Close your eyes, turn around.
Help me burn this to the ground..
Come now, take the blame, that’s okay, I’ll play the game.
Use me up, spit me out,
let me be your hand-me-down.
Fame, fame, go away, come again so other day.
I don’t care, it’s all the same, watch you all go up in flames.

You used to say I couldn’t save you enough,
so I’ve been savin it up, I started savin it up.
And when you said I couldn’t give you enough,
I started given you up, I started given you up.

You are not me, Arlandria, Arlandria.
You and what army, Arlandria, Arlandria?
Oh, God you gotta make it stop.

My sweet Virginia, oh, God you gotta make it,
My sweet Virginia, oh, God you gotta make it stop.

  • Josh

    Met Grohl at Microcenter shortly after Foo Fighter’s first album came out on x-mas eve (or x-mas itself) morning. Said he was buying a printer for his mom haha.

  • Overgrown Bush

    Saw Scream back in the day before anyone was famous. Isn’t Grohl an owner of the Black Cat?

    • Kyle

      He’s a part owner, yes – actually met him at Coachella last year, seemed like a really down to earth guy, was happy that we had been to Black Cat and enjoyed plenty of shows there. He also was the “surprise performer” at the 9:30 Club anniversary show last year, I believe.

    • Blubaby

      Friends and I talk about the Black Cat thing all the time, nobody seems to have the right answer! When I asked the PTB at the Cat about it years ago they said he’s not an owner (maybe never was?) — he was an investor when they opened.

      • NOVApologist

        Grohl was part of the original investor/ownership group when the Black Cat opened in 1993 but not after the club moved to its present location in 2001.

        • Overgrown Bush

          I’ve not been to the Black Cat in a couple of years, but when I was there the place was a dump.

  • mehoo

    “My ‘sweat’ Virginia”?

    • Aaron

      Temps are rising and many of our landlords haven’t switched the a/c on yet.

  • SoCo Resident

    Who?

  • MktCommon

    The lyrics don’t make it seem like a very positive shout out to NOVA …

  • DT

    Dave still lives not far from Arlandria according to a mutual friend. We were classmates at B.I. By all accounts he is hasn’t let fame change him. That’s nice to hear.

  • Southeast Ben

    Yeah, is it “My sweat VA” then “My sweet VA”? Very well could be…I did a double-take on the “sweat” but lyrically, I could see that being the case.

  • y8s

    I’m not from around here but…

    one friend had Dave’s mom as a substitute teacher (I dont know the school).

    and another friend was a childhood neighbor of little david.

    kinda want a hotdog now.

  • Anon

    In case anyone wants to actually LISTEN to the track instead of write comments on ARLNow about Grohl’s family/childhood/home life…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66h_zRJNoIs

    Not half bad…Love me some Foo!

  • Arlwhenever

    Hardly anyone talks about Arlandria anymore, not chic — block by block everything north of Braddock Road is becoming Del Ray — just a matter of time before the hispanic population is gentrified out.

    • Tabby

      Viva Senor Chicken.

  • Take it down a notch

    This song makes me want to drive down S. Glebe with the windows open yelling “You and what army???” It’s a great album.

  • Creebs

    Good.

  • PhilipDC

    Grohl and the Foos had a previous song called Headwires from the album “There is Nothing left To Lose” that mentioned Arlandria–the closing chorus line was “The sun is on Arlandria”.

  • General Zod

    Dave still lives in the area. He bought my high school buddy’s parents home in Alexandria about 7 or 8 years ago. He put his studio in the lower level room too.

  • Doo fighter

    But what are the lyrics about? Sounds a bit like that feeling I get when I drive around my hometown years and years after I’ve left it behind. Guilty embarrassing memories come rolling back with each side street we turn down. Think about why I left – and still have these terrible feelings when I come back. Is Dave saying that NoVa was so da-m conservative that his genius wasn’t really appreciated so he had to leave it? Have to say that I agree. He’s a genius.

  • lordfarquaad

    There are a noticeable amount of errors in the lyrics. “My sweet.Virginia. Im the same as I was in your ARMS.” It would be easier to just completely recopying the whole song than poinot out every error

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