January 10, 2010

Copernicus, The Mars Volta

I bought Octahedron when it came out this summer, but just wasn't in the mood to explore a new album at the time, so within the last month I started playing the music I bought this year and never listened to.

I've been looping "Copernicus" on my iPod at work and home when I'm writing. It's haunting and touching at the same time, the most beautiful piece TMV has done thus far, in my opinion. Lyrics and video after the fold.



Much of the lyrical content of the album has to do with kidnapping and related trespasses and this song is the most literal representation of that theme. The voices of little girl, kidnapper and father/mother are intertwined like a knot of pain. Is Copernicus the kidnapper, stealing the center of a parent's universe?

Close the doors
if you want to seen her breathing again
blur the days
sleeping is just not an option

How come every time I walk, you crawl
then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

I won't, I won't give up until I find out
until I find what happened to you

The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
holds a maximum vacancy
as I held you in crippled bandages
don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind

You're not there
I poke needles in the neck of a doll
she pokes back
asking why can't I just let her out

How come every time I walk, you crawl
then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

I won't, I won't give up
until I find you

The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
holds a maximum vacancy
as I held you in crippled bandages
don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind

Don't let the days escape
what I did brings more of them
and we'll be waiting just for them

Over my dead body
over the search they lead
they won't find them anymore

Now that I collect
from cells that we once shared
with multiheaded union
of multiple selves

The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
holds a maximum vacancy
as I held you in crippled bandages
don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind

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