Tom Littlefield of The Questionnaires wrote that line. The song was "Boomtown" written about mid 80's Nashville. The Ryman was still boarded up - lucky to have not been turned into a parking lot. Nashville was like most of the country. Ahistorical. The past is just a memory. And now that I've probably passed the mid-point of my time on this rock I find more and more things have become just memories. And Littlefield's lyrics come to me. Periodically. A declaration of fact. And left out there unbidden and unwritten - not part of his song - is the mirror opposite that everything I hate is still standing.