Lifetime was rooted in the New York/New Jersey hardcore punk scene & formed in New Brunswick, NJ, USA (1990). The band's founders were Ari Katz (vocals) & Dan Yemin (guitars - also of Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black, and Armalite). In contrast to the negative, sometimes violent, tone promulgated by New York hardcore contemporaries - Katz's lyrics emphasized more positive / personal themes, in their two-minute songs.
Is it silly to think that this will never happen again?
But of course I'll call you tonight.
Did you know you missed my birthday?
The loneliest it gets is when the wind begins to chill.
And when I stand at the top of your old street,
1, 2, 3, 4. It was too loud to hear what you were thinking.
And somehow I knew I would be sleeping alone tonight,
but I figured that's alright.
Could you still walk home with me?
I don't wanna be wondering.
Did you know that I kept that for a year?
And all this time I figured you'd be here.
Oh. Last time I saw you I tried to move through the crowd
and I was calling you name, but the band played too loud.
Last time I saw you I tried to move through the crowd.