Music Monday: “Goliath” by The Mars Volta

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Goliath”
Artist: The Mars Volta
Album: The Bedlam in Goliath (2008)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

That night I remember what you slipped in my glass
We came rewinding when
I foamed at the mouth while the lights winked at me
And now my shape is kept

The rain it can’t hide, wash the paint from this hex
Is it so permanent?
Did she catch a left eye when it blinks three times
Or just once to seal you in?

In your drunken breath, did it stain like us?
In place of poison heat
I gotta rid this world of your intention
Swap the corpse in the casket

[Chorus]
Give me that corpse please
The one that tore nightly
I really want it now
Fold the arms slowly
Don’t want you to hold me
It fits just like a glove
Does he make you feel alive?

[Verse 2]
When I seep inside your truth
Through suspicious little coughs
You sank your nails inside a key
While the door you shut closed up
The black stockings you kept, smell of wet cigarette
Torn of lust that you could not keep
I have slept inside your fault
To have you keep me here on this leash

For the rest of your pets, I will feed to this theft
As we consummate the vows of defeat
And when you pray for an end to this
I do believe this is eternity

[Chorus]
Give me that corpse please
The one that tore nightly
I really want it now
Fold the arms slowly
Don’t want you to hold me
It fits just like a glove
Your closet is bulging
White marrow withholding
Does it make you feel alright?

[Guitar solo]

[Chorus]
Give me that corpse please
The one that tore nightly
I really want it now
Fold the arms slowly
Don’t want you to hold me
It fits just like a glove
Your closet is bulging
White marrow withholding
Does it make you feel alright?

[Instrumental break]

[Refrain 1]
Never heard a man speak like this man before
Never heard a man speak like this man before
All the days of my life, ever since I’ve been born
Never heard a man speak like this man before
Watch me now!

[Guitar solo]

[Refrain 2]
Say it, say it, say it loud
Say it, say it, say it loud
Hold your heavy burden
In pocket full of drink that I have drunk
Spit the remnants in your direction
This is the closest to any kingdom that you will come

[Bridge]
I’m starting to feel a miscarriage coming on
It’s numbing a stump clearing in my throat
And I just can’t lose grip of it
She fumigated my mental hygiene
I’m all out of pulse but I know you can resuscitate me

[Refrain 1]
Never heard a man speak like this man before
Never heard a man speak like this man before
All the days of my life, ever since I’ve been born
Never heard a man speak like this man before

[Refrain 1]
Never heard a man speak like this man before
Never heard a man speak like this man before
All the days of my life, ever since I’ve been born
Never heard a man speak like this man before
Watch me now!

Prog-rock legends of the early aughts, The Mars Volta created a name for themselves through their impressive musicianship, cryptic lyricism, and intense live presence. On 2008’s The Bedlam in Goliath, the band pushed their musical boundaries and sanity in a collection of songs as confusing as they are beautiful. “Goliath” is a seven minute epic that features odd time signatures and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López’s combination of jazz, discordant hardcore, and classic rock style. Psychedelic elements surround as singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala puts all of his poetic prowess into cryptic lyrics. His vocals soar and scream up atop the rest of the ensemble while the band’s El Paso roots hearken back to Latin music before drowning in a barely controlled cacophony. The Mars Volta broke up in 2013 after a brief hiatus, with the members going on to create new projects; their catalog remains as one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking in progressive music.

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