"Conjugal Burns" as written by and Cedric/rodriguez Bixler....
The horseman you have brought deserve me
Some how they've made it through the floor
The clocks you set are they reversing
Before this visit turns conjugal ever more
Maybe tonight

So my half is waiting filed to a pulp
Used insomnia's been cleansing with floods
I got a pain inside that'll rip through the very fabric of time
Cause I've been with you before god gave me sin
I've got to get born
Just so you know there's too many reasons

You set the silver down to guard me from the weak
You check the spelling for nothing
You sent yourself the flood

All of this time
Bedsore containment
Where am I now
That the music has faded

And I'm nowhere near the place
You sent me here to breathe
But I'm drawing closer to the present
And I'll find a space with no memories
I've got a second chance to inhabit the living

If goliath wont speak
I'm blinded by heaven
When will your eden come die
If the liars that blink are bound by the sender
Trinkets you gave have all rusted down

All of this time
Bedsore containment
Where am I now
That the music has faded
You better steal this chance to give birth to more
You'll wear those healing damns down to the plug


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"Conjugal Burns" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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    General Comment"I got a pain inside that'll rip through the very fabric of time."
    when i first heard that line, i thought he said:
    "I got a penis that'll rip through the very fabric of time."
    and i thought, "well, it goes with conjugal, but cedric wouldn't just say 'penis,' he'd say something like phalice or throbbing stick or whatever."
    anyways, excellent closer to an album that could punch any spirit in the balls and then spit on them.
    avengedsurviveon January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was very disappointed when I looked up the lyrics because I (too, so I thought) have a penis that will rip through the very fabric of time, which scares me infinitely. I was hoping that he would know the solution that I (and possibly other people who suffer from this disease) struggle to find on a daily basis. I at least was hoping that more people would empathize after knowing that this is, in fact, a real disorder that sends people uncontrollably through timeshifts at no fault of their own.

    =(
    Ampyxxon March 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationAlthough the penis ripping through the very fabric of time would've made this song the "best song ever", I think it definitely stands on its own as the best song in Bedlam.

    A Flash game called "Goliath the Soothsayer" was released with the album and can be found in: newgrounds.com/portal/view/…

    Jeremy Robert Johnson also wrote about the story behind the album in his "Descent into Bedlam", it's probably the best resource about the Bedlam in Goliath jeremyrobertjohnson.com/…

    Finally, I wrote my own entry in RockGenius about the song based on some of the comments here (mainly Marinas' great explanation): rockgeni.us/2010/06/16/conjugal-burns-by-the-mars-volta/
    rockgenieon June 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that maybe the board was burned a while ago. Maybe in Ouroborous, and it's lament? He's upset because he lost the board...
    Vixintrexon July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is going on at the end of this song?
    like...is Cedric barking at the mic for some reason?
    drummerman91on January 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEnding is messed up, like hell has broken loose or something. Maybe Goliath is eating TMV. Who knows.
    The Goofyon January 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrofl avenged survive, i thought that's what he said too

    their new cd is incredible aughhh
    Sesshaon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe whole tone of the song seems to suggest that someone has finally realized something.I think it's that TMV, maybe Cedric in particular realized that Goliath is a dangerous waste of time and a drain on the band. As for the ending, I think its the sound of Goliath wishing not to be buried.

    "The clocks you set are they reversing.
    Before this visit turns conjugal, ever more."
    Cedric is telling Goliath that he's going to get rid of it before the two of them end up "married" to each other. This is backed up by reports that Cedric buried Goliath somewhere in secret so it can't be found.

    "And I'm nowhere near the place.
    You sent me here to breathe.
    But I'm drawing closer to the present.
    And I'll find a space with no memories.
    I've got a second chance to inhabit the living."
    This one is pretty literal. A space with no memories is the exact opposite of Goliath, which is a big collection of memories. The band has a second chance to inhabit the living, instead of constantly talking to the past.

    "All of this time, bedsore containment.
    Where am I now that the music has faded?"
    Either Cedric falling out of love with Goliath (hence the conjugal burns), or Goliath admitting that its been using the band and now distraught because they've left it behind.
    fortheloveon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCedric didnt buried Goliath, Omar did
    TheFreeshooteron February 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're totally right. And there I am blathering about Cedric this and Cedric that. If only there were some kind of "edit" button...
    fortheloveon February 12, 2008   Link

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