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Local Reference in New Foo Fighters Song

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.

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