"Copernicus" as written by and Cedric/rodriguez Bixler....
Close the doors
If you want to seen her breathing again
Blur the days
Sleeping is just not an option

How come every time I walk, you crawl?
Then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

I won't, I won't give up until I find out
Until I find what happened to you

The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
Holds a maximum vacancy
As I held you in crippled bandages
Don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind

You're not there
I poke needles in the neck of a doll
She pokes back
Asking why can't I just let her lie

How come every time I walk, you crawl?
Then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

I won't, I won't give up until I find out
Until I find what happened to you

The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
Holds a maximum vacancy
As I hold you in crippled bandages
Don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind

Don't let the days escape
What I did brings more of them
And we'll be waiting just for them

[Repeat: x2]
Over my dead body
Over the search they lead
They won't find them anymore

[Repeat: x2]
The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
Holds a maximum vacancy
As I hold you in crippled bandages
Don't you stay up and wait for me

Left dangling in the wind


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"Copernicus" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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  • +3
    General CommentI believe this song is about a kidnapping. Taking place from the perspective of the kidnapper and the parent of the child.

    I'm not sure though, but it is the best off Octahedron.
    Pwn3r2500on June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis and Since We've Been Wrong are my favorites of the new album. i think Octahedron is their best work since De-Loused.

    as for meaning, i'm not too sure. i'm picking up on normal Mars Volta drug references and an eerie sense of homicide and/or suicide. there is definitely a lot of pain in this song. just need more time to dissect it.
    ThatGouletKidon June 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationCould this be about Nicolaus Copernicus? Or maybe have a double meaning, a second story that comes in and out during the main one about a child being kidnapped? Legend has it that the first printed copy of "De revolutionibus" was placed in his hands on the very day that he died, allowing him to take farewell of his life's work. He is reputed to have awoken from a stroke-induced coma, looked at his book, and then died peacefully. (see wikipedia)

    Close the doors
    if you want to seen her breathing again
    blur the days
    sleeping is just not an option

    He had to wake up from his coma to see his work, his child. But then died, closing the doors so his "De revolutionibus" could be published/read/etc. He couldn't stay asleep in a coma, but had to die.

    Just a thought, it sort of makes sense I suppose. At least maybe a start.

    Apparently, researchers had been trying to find his grave for a long time and found it in 2005.

    Over my dead body
    over the search they lead
    they won't find them anymore


    Great song. This record is really fantastic. It seems very dark and eery to me.
    dtzitkoon June 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan this song is awesome. I love the chill guitar in it.
    CoarseAiron September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow i see it (involves wild guessing):

    Close the doors
    if you want to see her breathing again
    blur the days
    sleeping is just not an option

    **Do not contact the police or she dies; cant sleep because she is missing

    How come every time I walk, you crawl
    then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

    ** adressed to kidnapper - why are you corrupt, when i'm living a normal life; second verse is obvious

    I won't, I won't give up until I find out
    until I find what happened to you

    ** obviously obvious

    The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
    holds a maximum vacancy

    ** the rag left by her; solution inhaled - dogs are helping to find her, but with no success

    as I held you in crippled bandages
    don't you stay up and wait for me

    ** she - a child left for a moment and told not to wonder off (from childs cart ??)

    Left dangling in the wind

    ** the rag

    You're not there
    I poke needles in the neck of a doll
    she pokes back
    asking why can't I just let her out

    * father is going bit crazy playing with his doughters doll and hearing her cry for help or...
    the kidnapper - he lost someone, thats why he kidnapped a girl; he is giving her drugs

    How come every time I walk, you crawl
    then you cut out all the letters that make up this note

    I won't, I won't give up
    until I find you

    The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
    holds a maximum vacancy
    as I held you in crippled bandages
    don't you stay up and wait for me

    Left dangling in the wind

    Don't let the days escape
    what I did brings more of them

    ** the kidnapper part starts here fo sho; he is enjoying his time

    and we'll be waiting just for them

    ** for more of those days or for the police

    Over my dead body
    over the search they lead
    they won't find them anymore

    ** he plans to hide the victim corpses and kill himself, before the police finds him

    Now that I collect
    from cells that we once shared

    ** hiding the corpses

    with multiheaded union
    of multiple selves

    ** he feels a union with the victims (there is probably something more in above verses)

    The solution inhaled from the rag I hold
    holds a maximum vacancy

    ** this time around through the eyes of the kidnapper: chloroform or some poison

    as I held you in crippled bandages
    don't you stay up and wait for me

    ** tied up victims are told not to wake up but die and wait for him on the other side

    Left dangling in the wind

    ** he hangs himself


    Well... i probably went to far here and there :) and sorry for my english.
    karpkilleron November 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite track, but then again I'm liking all of them on this album. It's so awesome.
    Morganton June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about a kidnapping, and it's being sung from two different perspectives: the kidnapper and possibly a parent or friend/loved one of the person who was kidnapped.

    Amazing song on an AMAZING album.
    caca_volanteon June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think the song is a bout literal kidnapping, but rather someone who is enabling someone else in some destructive way. By enabling this person they are kidnapping them more or less. The Copernicus title fits this theory very well as the song would have the idle or "enabling" person realizing its to late (much like the story of waking from a coma to die). To me, most of the lyrics fit this theory pretty well.


    Just my 2 cents, but I will say that I read that Octahedron was originally intended as concept album dealing with politics and kidnapping (something along the lines of kidnapping republicans...)
    SamuelL421on July 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has nothing to do with the actual person Copernicus... it's so obvious it's about a kidnapping of someone. 'then you cut out all the letters that make up this note' hmm haven't you seen the cliched detective movie that has the psychopath kidnapper makes a note out of magazine/newspaper letters. Or 'The solution inhaled from the rag I hold' might be chloroform?

    The reason why The Mars Volta called it this is because Copernicus moved the world from the center of the universe.

    Oh and the random syncopated drums in the end... is just awesome lol The Mars Volta need to do that kind of stuff more often.
    Ensivionon July 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh... as for the title - Copernicus stopped the Sun and moved the Earth. Maby the song is about someone that lost his doughter (also kidnapped?), so he kidnaps some other girl.
    karpkilleron November 29, 2009   Link

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