"Desperate Graves" as written by and Cedric/rodriguez Bixler....
With qualms that I speak
Of the wrists I have cut
By flooding the tubs
Where the warmth held below

The lockets believe
That the secret of love
Has caught its own tail
And it just won't give up

When I breathe
The heavens can't hold me
And I can't believe anymore

The light breathes
The highest execution
Show me the wings I must cut

In your left of days
These are desperate graves

[Repeat: x2]
Give me the alter
Let me shine
The pendulum won't wait

If I slay your spirits
With twin covent vaults
That weakened your knees
In the pit of my palms

Dressed in the slurs
Of bovine engines
To feast upon the carcass
Of your mother

When I breathe
The heavens can't hold me
And I can't believe anymore

The light breathes
The highest execution
Show me the wings I must cut

In your left of days
These are desperate graves

[Repeat: x2]
Give me the alter
Let me shine
The pendulum won't wait

When I turn the dial
And leave the gas on
I'm the matchstick
That you'll never lose

These are the splinters
Made from a single blade
I'm the matchstick
That you'll never lose

I'm like the key
That locks you in
I'm the matchstick
That you'll never lose

When you wear the burning
Of all my ferns
I'm the matchstick
That you'll never lose

In your left of days
These are desperate graves

[Repeat: x4]
Give me the alter
Let me shine
The pendulum won't wait


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"Desperate Graves" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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    General Commentare these official?

    if not i think i hear a couple different things:

    "the secret of love has *caught* its own tail and just won't give up" instead of cut..as in a dog chasing it's tail that finally catches it, but still chases it....

    also "these are the splinters made from a single *blade* - just seems to make more sense in context.

    i dunno i could be wrong. as far as meaning, i have NO clue. maybe someone who is charged with an impossible task such as clipping an angel's wings.
    kingbonesteron May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song off the album, it's beautiful
    kmstreet64on June 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSeems relatively simple.

    It's a personification of misery. The entity sung about is an object or quintessence of misery. It's the entity that is the "matchstick to the gas-filled room, the light to the key that locks you in", etc. It's the sole entity that "cuts the wings", or breaks down a person. What exactly the personification is, I'm not sure. Twin-volts slaying a spirit, some kind of Zeus or otherworld god reference?
    eternal70200on June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMars Volta stayted that this album speaks about kidnapping. And reading to this lyrics y get to the conclution that this is sung by the parent of someone kidnapped... by the bridge part of the song (from "When I turn the dial..." till the end) he speaks with anger to the kidnapper, describing how he'll take revenge on him.

    love this song. specially the bridge part. i'm from Argentina and here we live with kidnappings too, as described on this album...
    aisfleon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits so sad...
    aisfleon June 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits so sad...
    aisfleon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe bridge is like one of my favorite parts of the new album..... sick.
    ryanalbertjohnomaron September 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthey.... so, the bridge of this song.... and the first line of metronome arthritis "Strike this match and let loose the oven's breath" ..... any connection at all. Overall it definately seems like this song could be about kidnapping. If so, definately the most beautiful song about kidnapping I've ever heard.
    ryanalbertjohnomaron October 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI light the key
    that locks you in
    *I'm like the king
    that locks you in*
    ??????????
    LisaMyafon January 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell, and what for 'give me the alter'?

    Don't blame me, maybe my understanding is plain but firstly I thought the song is about a kind of relations lovers and one of them has committed (or is going to commit) a suicide. And 'matchstick that can not be lost' image is like an expression of extreme devotion.
    helgieon February 24, 2011   Link

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