Cars of Our Youth

by Former Ruins

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This is my debut single as Former Ruins, and the first I've completed since our family's move to the Midwest last fall. I built this from the ground up in my basement studio--learning my voice and some important lessons along the way. I should mention that the voice, the narrator, isn't me myself, per se. It's the rare song where I take on an alternate persona. I get inside someone else's experience. So who's that person?

They're road weary, world weary...yet they have enough of their lights to acknowledge their own undoing, even if they lack the will to make amends. They even pull those they love into their dead-end pursuits: "Rent a dream with me, babe / I've already priced it." This shimmering piece of garage rock turns inside-out the Springsteenian promises of the open road, desire, and redemption.

"Nothing satisfies us like it used to," begins the refrain, while a guitar-forward arrangement pushes and pulls like a rough-idling chassis of rust and chrome. Some mercies come to us as warnings from the edge of ruin. This is one.
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lyrics

Sunlight spread out on the glass
I push this pedal down to get the feeling back
I knew these routes without any maps
I didn't think I'd get lost
But I have

Rent a dream with me babe, I've already priced it
I've signed my name, so put yours beside it
Paradise is a feeling, I saw that on an advertisement
But it didn't feel as false as it does at this moment

When we're closer to the edge of our discontent
And feeling further from the truth cause I'm trying hard to forget that

Nothing satisfies us like it used to
(Not like I thought it'd be)
And nothing reminds us our desires rust like cars of our youth
Nothing satisfies us like it promises to do
(Not like it used to be)
And nothing will drive us down to dust like cars of our youth

I remember the feeling when we were shown it
So have I missed my renewal notice?
Cause we were promised happiness would be us in motion
Well I'm still at this wheel, I don't feel closer to it
I just feel closer to the edge

How did we get here
Trying so hard to get the feeling back?

Cause nothing satisfies us like it used to
(Not like I thought it'd be)
And nothing reminds us our desires rust like cars of our youth
(Not like it used to be)
Nothing satisfies us like it promises to do
(Not like I thought it'd be)
And nothing will drive us right down to dust like cars

Nothing satisfies us like it used to
(Not like I thought it'd be)
And nothing reminds us our desires rust like cars of our youth
(Not like it used to be)
And nothing satisfies us like it promises to do

And nothing will drive us down to dust like cars of our youth
Cars of our youth
Cars

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released July 18, 2019
Written and recorded by Former Ruins
Mixed by Jon Class of The Varsity Recording Co, Anderson, IN
Mastered by Alex Dobbert Mastering

Copyright 2019 © Levi Dylan Sikes (ASCAP) / Slow Embrace Records (ASCAP)

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Former Ruins Muncie, Indiana

Post-cynical
folk rock songs for beleaguered believers
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Debut EP 'Large Startling' coming 3/13/20

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