"Since We've Been Wrong" as written by and Cedric/rodriguez Bixler....
Do you remember how you wore that dress?
It slipped my sight beneath the eye glint
Do you remember what you said to me?
What course has given you the right, to stray?
And in your living tune unstuck my teeth
The clocks are ticking fast with every breath

Since we've been wrong
I've been poured away
Since we've been wrong
You will never ever know me
What took you so long?
I'm not sure all the way
But my heart it has just one more time
And Luseal remains

One day a rain will come to wash away
The earth that held us was no island
I have become ingrown inside this skin
I found a way out through those eyelids
When all the days become a castaway
I seem to think I don't belong here

Since we've been wrong
I've been poured away
Since we've been wrong
You will never ever know me
What took you so long?
I'm not sure all the way
But my heart it has just one more time
And Luseal remains

I dont belong here
I shouldn't stay
The flowers inside me grow as empty
The walls between us will never break
Just sealed shut it grows empty

Since we've been wrong
I've been poured away
Since we've been wrong
You will never ever know me
What took you so long?
I'm not sure all the way
But my heart it has just one more time
And Luseal remains


Lyrics submitted by relaxeder, edited by FeLKoN, MaliciousOnion

"Since We've Been Wrong" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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  • +4
    General CommentCan't wait for this album!
    PinkBob88on May 15, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHearing a Mars Volta song this normal sounding is kind of errie in itself : )
    MrGrieveson June 01, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDo you remember how you wore that dress
    It slit my sight beneath the eyelids
    Do you remember what you said to me
    What course has given you the right to stray
    And in your living tomb I'm stuck but safe
    The clocks are ticking fast with every breath

    Since we've been wrong
    I've been part awake
    Since we've been wrong
    You will never ever know me
    What took you so long
    I'm not sure all the way
    But my heart it asks just one more time
    Are you still a mess

    One day a rain will come to wash away
    The earth that held us was no island
    I have become ingrown inside this skin
    I'll find a way out through those eyelids
    And all the days become a cast away
    I seem to think I don't belong here

    Since we've been wrong
    I've been part awake
    Since we've been wrong
    You will never ever know me
    What took you so long
    I'm not sure all the way
    But my heart it asks just one more time
    Are you still a mess

    I don't belong here
    I shouldn't stay
    What falls inside me grows empty
    The walls between us will never break
    Just seals it shut
    It grows empty

    Since we've been wrong
    I've been part awake
    Since we've been wrong
    You will never ever know me
    What took you so long
    I'm not sure all the way
    But my heart it asks just one more time
    Are you still a mess
    Ryan2311on May 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about a marriage that went bad, with the girl cheating on her husband.


    "Do you remember how you wore that dress?
    it slit my sight beneath the eyelids
    do you remember what you said to me?
    what course has given you the right to stray?"

    This first stanza is rather easy to interpret. He asks her if she remembered how she wore her dress, which I assume is the wedding dress. But in a way, it's more than just how she wore it, it's how she felt when she wore it: that she would always be faithful to him, that she loved him, all that stuff. He remembers how beautiful she looked (slit the eyelids, he can see her beauty even through closed eyes) and asks her if she remembered what she said (maybe wedding vows?) and asks her what happened between them that made her cheat on him.

    "And in your living tomb I'm stuck but safe
    the clocks are ticking fast with every breath"

    This could mean that in their house he's hurt, but safe at the same time. He finds comfort in his house, even though he shares it with her. The clocks part might be a reference to a ticking time bomb, that being symbolic for a divorce that he will go through.

    "Since we've been wrong
    I've been part awake
    since we've been wrong
    you will never, ever know me"

    He realizes here that they were wrong about their feelings, that since she cheated on him he realized that he doesn't love her, and it keeps him up at night.

    "What took you so long
    I'm not sure all the way
    but my heart, it asks
    just one more time

    Are you still a mess"

    This part, I think, is one of the most powerful parts of the song. He asks her what took her so long to tell him, or to explain why she did what she did, but he still has feelings for her that he can't shake off, hence "are you still a mess?"

    "One day a rain will come to wash away
    the earth that held us was no island
    I have become ingrown inside this skin
    I'll find a way out through those eyelids"

    He's waiting for something to come and help him out of his predicament like the rain washing it away, but realizes that marriage isn't like an island. An island seems appropriate because you can't really get off an island by yourself, you need help (or a divorce), but he knows that he can walk away from it now. The lyric with "ingrown inside this skin" could signify that he is starting to become accustomed to being with her even though she cheated on him, but that he still wants a way out of it in the end (find a way out.....)

    "And all the days become a castaway
    I seem to think I don't belong here"

    In the back of his mind, he thinks of all the days he spent with her, loving her, and how they seem wasted now that he knows she was unfaithful. He feels like he doesn't belong there in the marriage with her.

    The chorus I already explained.

    "I don't belong here, I shouldn't stay
    what falls inside me grows empty
    the walls between us will never break
    just seal it shut, it grows empty"

    The other powerful part of this song, I think. He knows now that he doesn't have to be in the relationship, and decides that he won't. He's put up emotional walls between her and him, and when she tries to tear them down and fix her mistakes, he tells her that they will never go away, and that she needs to stop trying and leave him alone.

    More chorus, followed by the last lyric. "Are you still a mess?"

    Fucking beautiful song.
    blackmiasmaon July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm listening to this song for the first time and I have goose bumps. I CANNOT wait for the new cd to hit!
    CoarseAiron June 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReminds me of Televators, it's awesome.
    Morganton June 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of King Crimson's old pre-Belew era mid-tempo songs. The structure seems very similar. Octahedron as a whole almost sounds like it could be a KC album actually.
    theamnesiacon April 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and in your living tomb I am stuck but safe."

    that's what he says in your blank verse
    EvaporatedBrockon May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is Cedric's song!!!! Best lyrics of the Volta collection, imo.
    bathosdrifton May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta couple of changes to consider:

    But my heart it asks just one more time
    Are you still amiss

    One day your reign(or rain) will come to wash away
    The earth that held us was no island
    seditionon June 01, 2009   Link

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