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Let's Roll Just Like We Used To

Tom performing Let's Roll Just Like We Used To in London on 20 August 2012

For the documentary, see Let's Roll Just Like We Used To (documentary).

Let's Roll Just Like We Used To was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 1st track on Velociraptor!.

BackgroundEdit

After opening each of the previous three albums with a "banging song", the band wanted to start Velociraptor! with something unexpected and make it feel like the opening scene of a film.[1] Serge commented that Let's Roll Just Like We Used To is there to make the listener wonder what's going to happen, saying: "You're about to enter a different reality." The lyrics were inspired by the band living together on a farm while they were recording their debut album, and it has been described as a love letter to those days, as well as to each other.[2]

LiveEdit

Debuted on 6 April 2012 in Edmonton, Canada, Let's Roll Just Like We Used To was performed regularly until the end of the Velociraptor! Tour. The original trumpet intro was occasionally replaced with the respective country's national anthem or a film theme tune, most commonly the theme from E.T. by John Williams. It has also been performed acoustically several times, notably for WBRU Radio in Providence, RI.[3]

QuotesEdit

"The song's kind of a love letter to Tom, really. That's us on the farm where we lived when we were writing our first album. Smoking weed morning, noon and night. We'd sit out looking for aliens."
— Serge (Q Magazine, October 2011)

ReleasesEdit

LyricsEdit

Out of my garden, past the battle cruiser
We jumped over cemetery gates
There on the wasteland we saw the horizon
I noticed your pupils dilate

They're at it again
Let's roll just like we used to
In fields
When we were young
Our hearts got lost in the circles
We had it all
The rise and fall

We came from the booze and the fags generation
And prayed for the mayhem to start
You said you were foolish but I saw the genius
In pulling the stitches apart

They're at it again
Let's roll just like we used to
In fields
When we were young
Our hearts got lost in the circles
We had it all
The rise and fall

So raise your glass to the ones who have passed
The ones that got away

They're at it again
Let's roll just like we used to
In fields
When we were young
Our hearts got lost in the circles
We had it all
The rise and fall

I saw her face
Way out in space

ReferencesEdit

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