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Posted at 05:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Arlandria gets its own Foo Fighters song

Springfield’s own Dave Grohl, leader of the mighty Foo Fighters rock band, has given Northern Virginia another lasting legacy with a song on the Foos’ new album entitled “Arlandria.” It’s got no specific references to Arlandria — no Birchmere, no RT’s, not even that Waffle Shop on Mt. Vernon Avenue with ”wafle” misspelled on the awning — but it still has all the elements of an anthem.

It’s actually the second time the Foos — who share songwriting credits on all songs — have mentioned the small community in south Alexandria, the first being in the song “Headwires,” when Grohl sang, “The sun is on Arlandria” five times at the end, for no apparent reason. This time, Grohl adds, “My sweet Virginia, I’m the same as I was in your world.” Twice. As if to say that, though he is a worldwide rock star based in L.A., he’s the same as when he was a punk rocker at Thomas Jefferson High School and sneaking into shows at the 9:30 Club. Or he might be talking about a girl. Hey, I didn’t say it was “Tangled Up in Blue.”

The full lyrics are after the jump. (And they are SO wrong on the Internet.) And here are the Foos doing the song recently on Jon Stewart:

You can buy the CD “Wasting Light,” which is most excellent, from Amazon.com for $9.99, at Best Buy for $11.99, or from iTunes for $11.99, which comes with a bonus song, a remixed song, two videos and a booklet.

“Arlandria,” by the Foo Fighters

Ain’t that the way it always starts.

A simple round of conversation.

Became a shameful equation.

I flipped you station to station.

Hey. Don’t go and turn the other way.

Don’t say there’s nothin more to say.

Come on hear 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 givin you up, I started givin you up.

You are not me, Arlandria, Arlandria.

You and what army, Arlandria, Arlandria?

Oh, God you gotta make it ...

Chase all of those memories away,

Save them all for another day.

Don’t you remember it was rain that drowned you

Wait! I wanna see if I can say.

I wanna keep all I can take..

I feel much better now.

Use me up, spit me out,

Let me be your hand-me-down.

Fame, fame, 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 givin you up, I started givin 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, play the game, that’s okay, I’ll take the blame.

I don’t care it’s all the same.

Watch you all go up in flames.

Use me up, spit me out,

Let me be your hand-me-down.

Fame, fame, 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 givin you up, I started givin 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.

By  |  05:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Categories:  Alexandria, Music | Tags:  Foo Fighters, Arlandria, Virginia

 
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