"Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
Transient jet lag ecto mimed bison
This is the haunt of roulette dares
Ruse of metacarpi
Caveat emptor....to all that enter here
Open wrist talks back again
In the wounds of its skin
They'll pinprick the witness
In ritual contrition
The am trinity fell upon asphyxia-derailed
In the rattles of...
Made its way through the tracks
Of a snail slouching whisper
A half mass comute through umbilical blisters
Spector will lurk
Radar has gathered
Midnight neuces from boxcar cadavears
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
It's because this is
Cranial bleeding
Leaches train the living
Cursed are they who speak its name
Ruse of metacarpi
Caveat emptor to all that enter here
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
It's because this is
Ratteling the laughter
Hinges splintering inside
Bludgeoned to a saddle
Rang the cloister bell inside
Inside
Inside
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed
It's because this is


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"Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) [Live XFM Session]" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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  • +3
    My OpinionI feel like this song is about a druggies path to the "after-world."

    The first few versus are about the drug dealer selling him the narcotic...

    Transient jet lag ecto mimed bison - dazed and out of body he finds a portrayed man (dealer)
    This is the haunt of roulette dares - This is his frequent challenge of gambling with the narcotic
    Ruse of metacarpi - slight of hand (the dealer gives him the stuff)
    Caveat emptor... to all that enter here - Buyer beware...to all that inject

    Then taking the narcotic...

    Open wrist talks back again - he's killing himself but not literally slicing his wrists
    In the wounded of its skin - it's going to be his fault
    They'll pinprick the witness - he shoots up
    In ritual contrition - in ceremonial remorse cause he's addicted
    The a.m. trinity fell upon asphyxia-derailed - The morning god finds the druggie asphyxiated
    In the rattles of... - In the confusion
    Made its way through the tracks - went through his veins (cont in next verse)
    Of a snail slouching whisper - slowly and quietly
    A half mast commute through umbilical blisters - a somber voyage through his dependency which injures
    Spectre will lurk - The spirit will see
    Radar has gathered - Awareness has come
    Midnight nooses from boxcar cadavers - Dark death

    Then death itself...

    Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed - The mind has left the body and joining is on hold
    Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed

    It's because this is...
    Cranial bleeding - his mind is dying (soul)
    Leeches train the living - evil conquers the living
    Cursed are they who speak its name - don't tell
    Ruse of metacarpi - slight of hand
    Caveat emptor to all that enter here - buyer beware to all that come

    Funeral???..

    Rattling the laughter - confusing happiness
    Hinges splintering inside - trapped by wooden corners
    Bludgeoned to a saddle - forced to one place
    Rang the cloister bell inside - ring the quiet bell within
    inside - within
    inside - within

    Maybe, maybe not at all. Great song either way
    greatgregmurfon February 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think BlackTippedWings has got it. "Midnight neuces from boxcar cadavears" I think "neuces" might be "nooses". And that might be talking about a stethescope on a doctor, and the boxcar could be the ambulance. I could be way off, but that's just my interpretation.

    "Made its way through the tracks
    Of a snail slouching whisper
    A half mass comute through umbilical blisters "

    It it is in fact talking about his ride in the ambulance, "Tracks" could be roads, "snail" could be the pace that he percieves, because morphine slows things down, and "commute" could be the ride to the hospital.
    HurrayForSchoolon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think "exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed"
    might be talking about how he tried to commit suicide and now is in a comma (hs body is kind of just like a shell with no conciousness-- hence exoskeletal. junction at the railroad delayed is since hes not dead yet(suicide has failed) might be kind of like judgement after death has been delayed
    jonderron April 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti keep saying : this and Eriatarka are the most fucking amazing songs i ever heard in my entire life..

    trust me , i heard a lot of songs from diferent bands..
    RedSpikedWallson May 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentat the end of the chorus, when the guitar comes in after "it's because, this is..." that part is perfect...amazing...this song in general, if only Mars Volta was this focused all the time.
    snowmiseron April 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is sooooo much better since they re-did it, the first one was good, and this one is better, didnt think they could top it
    THE MARTADIon July 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so explosive
    THE MARTADIon July 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"ruse of metacarpi / caveat emptor to all that enter here" is referring to suicide decision, the movement of the hand (metacarpal is the bone in your fingers) and caveat emptor is latin for buyer beware. basically, beware about suicide.
    Eversioon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe fuckin BEST song on de-loused....the whole rail-road and tracks thing seems to be the part of the story where he shoots up morphine
    Melangeon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how the solo with the reverb he does sound like going through a tunnel. I love the whole cinematic approach they have on every song. It really accents the story.
    skemodanon April 14, 2004   Link

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