"Vicarious Atonement" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
Don't you pretend
That I'm not alive
My bones never ache
Unless she's near by
Where is your face
In a safe of dead tongues
I can see your reflection
In your totem first glare(?)
I suspect
You've been carrying a pack of wolves
A regret
Not killing you while I had the chance
I know I had the chance

Maybe I will always haunt you
Mark the somnolence with truth
Better hang your dead palace
Than have a living home to lose
In the river Ganges, God damns my name

Don't let these hands
Sharpen your eyes
A rasp of tails


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"Vicarious Atonement" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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    General CommentDON'T YOU PRETEND
    THAT I'M NOT ALIVE
    MY BONES NEVER ACHE
    UNLESS SHE'S NEARBY
    WHERE IS YOUR FACE
    IN A SAFE OF DEAD TONGUES
    I CAN SEE YOUR REFLECTION
    IN YOUR TOTEM FIRST BORN
    I SUSPECT
    YOU'VE BEEN CARRYIN A PACK OF WOLVES
    I REGRET
    NOT KILLING WHILE I HAD THE CHANCE

    MAYBE I WILL ALWAYS HAUNT YOU
    MARK THE SOMNOLENCE WITH TRUTH
    BETTER HANG YOUR DEAD PALACE
    THAN HAVE A LIVING HOME TO LOSE
    IN THE RIVER GANGES GOD DAMNS MY NAME

    DON'T LET THESE HANDS
    SHARPEN YOUR EYES
    A RASP OF TAILS

    Those are the lyrics as they appear in the booklet accompanying the album. Pretty sweet intro song, I must say. Overall, I don't think this albums as good as "France" or "De-Loused", but I still think it's a great album. "Frances the Mute" is a tough act to follow. It's unbelievable that "Amputechture" debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, with basically no commercial radio or MTV exposure (I heard "Viscera Eyes" one time on a local, new rock/alternative station and that was it). The following week it dropped down to #63, which goes to show you that TMV has such a great fanbase that everyone went out and bought the album as soon as it dropped. It's a shame though, that Jon Theodore quit the band right around the time the album was released (it's true!).
    Anyway, this entire album has a "religious" theme to it, but not necessarily a positive one. The lyrics to this particular song however, are a bit too cryptic for me to figure out right now. The only grasp I can get is from the line "I can see your reflection, in your totem first born"...I can see that meaning Christ on a cross. Cedrics lyrics are so amazing, you need to study them in order to truly understand them. I noticed that there is a reference to "She" in the first 2 songs...anyone have an idea who "She" is? I heard in an interview that this album is not necessarily one long story as their previous 2 LP's were. I don't know...I look forward to anyone elses insight on this.
    2bit_junkieon October 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I the only one that wants to have sex to this song?

    Maybe I'm just heretical.
    VQtson February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the last line is "And the River Ganges, 'God Damn's' my name."
    strutlikeastutteron July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it says born, not glare.
    And possibly I regret, not A regret. but both make sense
    RyanMurphyon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDemonizing. I can see your reflection. He is she. As mentioned in the last song, she consumed him and now he is one with her has his words are rasped through her throat. Thus, the bones are weak when she's nearby because he becomes one with her, dependant, weak, or even ill. ILL. River Ganges is mentioned in Day of the Baphomets.
    Lachrymal Cloudon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" Anyone?
    RyanMurphyon July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the river ganges god damns my name.
    human_after_allon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yeah, first line: don't you pretend
    human_after_allon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the line "Don't you pretend" dates all the way back to Concertina on their first EP.

    "Don't you pretend
    Tangled in thorns, to walk unborn."
    aircataracton August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVicarious Atonement is the theory that the atonement of Jesus Christ was legal in God's eyes. Jesus died in the place of the humans that sinned.
    paletaon September 12, 2006   Link

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