"Coating of Arms" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
Substation submerging
Suburban disturbance
Incoherent gourding
Coat of arms they came
Hack a knocking paranoia

In the walls, we heard family dying
While the band played on
Told sky to leave to the east bay clone
Weren't you taking me home

Secret service, we deserve this
We lost the friends to the pavement
To the pavement

Substation, subconscious
Let's do our William tell routine
Let's do it

Chewing on the Goodyear's handcuffs
Are the wristwatch

Lyrics submitted by Shoot_Me

"Coating of Arms" as written by Cedric Bixler Adam Amperan

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    General CommentJust wanted to note that the "William Tell" routine in naked lunch is based off a real life event that happened to William S. Burroughs the writer of the book "Naked Lunch" (the movie itself has very little in common with the book, as its a really abstract piece of literature. The movie acts as more of a Bio pic for Burroughs)

    While drunk in Mexico Burrough's wife jumped up and said "lets do our William Tell Routine) in which she placed a glass on her head and Burroughs shot it off, unfortunately Burroughs ended up accidently shooting his wife.

    I mention this because I read somewhere that Cedric has some lyrical inspiration from William Burroughs (which would make alot of sense if you ever read Burroughs and are familiar with Ced's lyrics) so many Cedric is referencing that event in that line, I dunno just a guess.
    luciddreamer0on September 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwilliam tell routine could be from david cronenberg's film "naked lunch", where somebody says "lets do our william tell routine"....who knows
    blackemperordriveinon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"in the walls, we heard family dying
    while the band played on
    told sky to leave to the east bay clone
    weren't you taking me home"

    that always reminded me of the titanic.
    AndImJelloBabyon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'we lost the friends to the pavement
    to the pavement'

    Cedric was previously the drummer for a band called 'The Fall On Deaf Ears'. The band ended when two members died in a car accident.
    dubbypapson April 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning in this song are just his memory of the night before 2 of the members from "The Fall On deaf Ears" died in that car accident..

    "let's do our William tell routine
    let's do it"

    seems like a re-enactment of the night

    "in the walls, we heard family dying
    while the band played on
    told sky to leave to the east bay clone
    weren't you taking me home"

    maybe he had a bad feeling something was going to happen..

    lol, I dont know its hard to explain what I have in my mind about this, so it might not make sense to anyone haha
    esuomon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWilliam Tell was an expert crossbow marksman from the Alps in Switzerland. He refusd to bow to the statue of the new emperor, and as a result was forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son with his bow. He successfully shot the apple from his son's head with no problems.

    However, you are right about the William Tell routine being mentioned in Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. It is frequently mentioned in other movies and songs as well. :)
    therealcoon July 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"chewing on the goodyear's
    handcuffs are the wristwatch "

    Cedric was arrested under the influence of lsd. He had said he thought ww3 was happening and he tried to warn everyone about it because he knew what was going on.

    A cop car became present and during this moment in time Cedric had chewed the tires on the cop car because he believed they were donuts.
    c0rp0rateon October 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthahaha are you serious!!! that's so funny ha!!!! lsd is the shit
    xtuffxon December 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"We lost friends to the pavement"

    yeah. this line is a bit easier to figure out from reading on the bands background. two female friends died
    in a car crash when atdi was on the road. Cedric played drums in that band with them and the song Napoleon Solo
    is dedicated to them.

    also of course their very close friend Julio who the song embroglio and the album Deloused is dedicated to died
    from jumping off a bridge onto traffic.

    "secret service do we deserve this"

    also reminds me of the song quarantined where cedric says "binoculars watch cardboard towns" his lyrics take on
    and cover so many meanings.
    c0rp0rateon August 17, 2009   Link

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