The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: The Fall of Rome (unofficial)

Posted: October 10, 2014 in A Little Less Profound
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Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Elva, Sept. 18, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event. Photo by Elva, Sept. 18, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Please Note: Official lyrics to “The Fall of Rome” and all songs by The Airborne Toxic Event are now available in our TATE Lyrics collection.

On Oct. 9 in Burlington, The Airborne Toxic Event debuted a new song called “The Fall of Rome.” Performed solo by singer/songwriter Mikel Jollett on an acoustic guitar, it proves that his pen is as sharp as ever heading into album number 4. Below are the unofficial lyrics, transcribed from a video shot by This Is Nowhere’s Julie Stoller (and updated based on Mikel’s acoustic performance on WJCU). As always when transcribing from a live video, there are a few words we’re not 100% sure about, and there may be some differences from the official release. We take full responsibility for any inaccuracies.

The Fall of Rome – lyrics by Mikel Jollett
Transcribed by Glen

Whatever happened to the fall of Rome?
What a strange thing to ask when I was taking you home
As we walked alone through the parking lot
I said, “I don’t have much,” you said, “I like what you’ve got”

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t picture you then in your wedding dress
And the days I hoped we’d someday spend in our Sunday best
We were light as a flame, both batshit insane
We were lost but we were just the same

Whatever happened to the fall of Rome?
It’s a mystery to me but the place felt like home
There are no rules when you’re falling in love
You just take what you get and you hope it’s enough

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t picture you then in your wedding dress
And the days I hoped we’d someday spend in our Sunday best
We were wrong from the start, with our broken hearts
You played your role and I played my part

And the road was so long
I was never as strong
As the love that you gave to me
And it all took its toll, you become so cold
You forget what you were born to be

Whatever happened to the fall of Rome?
Those people all turned to ashes and stone
It’s a trick of the mind, when you think it won’t end
It’s just a contest with time and time always wins

I saw a picture of you the other day in your wedding dress
And I wondered why I walked away like I had with the rest
You were the only thing that was worth saving
And I swear that I did my best

And sometimes at night I dream of you now in your wedding dress
And I hope it doesn’t seem somehow like I gave you less
I have nothing to show from these years on the road
But these songs that I wrote for you

Update: Here’s a video of the premiere, courtesy of TIN reader Rick Fedion:

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Comments
  1. Anna says:

    The man has done it again. I haven’t seen the video but can almost hear the song just from reading these lyrics. I’ve got a feeling this one will quickly become a favorite. Thanks Julie & Glen!

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  2. Nick says:

    Those lyrics are painfully beautiful.

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  3. Susan S. says:

    “I have nothing to show from these years on the road
    But these songs that I wrote for you”

    There he goes again, punching me in the gut.

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  4. treendabean says:

    Well good thing I am already at home with my pajamas, cat, and Haagen Dazs, because that’s some some sad music right there.

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  5. This Elizabeth must be some gal.

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  6. Insignem says:

    I was there – it was an incredible moment, just Mikel alone with his guitar and singing such a painfully emotional, lovely song. I teared up on those last few lines – “I have nothing to show from these years on the road, but these songs that I wrote for you”

    (also, as a Classics major, the fact that the song is called “The Fall of Rome” made it all the more special – as far as I can think of, Mikel’s only classical references so far have been to sirens).

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  7. Wow, eerily beautiful. I adore it!

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  8. Stocker says:

    Is it possible for anyone to get an mp3 of this so I can listen to 500 times before I see them next week in Portland?

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  11. This is, this is….. FEELS. MAKE ‘EM STAHHHHP!!!!!!

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  12. “We were light as a flame, both banished and sane”

    I understood ‘batshit insane’, anyone else?

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