"Napoleon Solo" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
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Were you sitting down
On the beaded impotence of New Orleans
A hint of suspense when that telephone rings

This is forever
It paved a wave of distance
Between a syntax error
From Austin's yellow brick road
This is forever
From this Texas breath
Exhaled no sign of relief

This you know, this you know this is forever
March 23rd hushed the wind the music died
If you can't get the best of us now
It's because this forever
Makes no difference our alphabet
Is missing letters
17 embalmed and caskets lowered
Into the weather
A drizzle brisk and profound
From this Texas breath
Exhaled no sign of relief
This is forever

We're struck by the chords from their hearts
This is forever this is forever
From this Texas breath
Exhaled no sign of relief
You know that this is forever

Lyrics submitted by cbennett

"Napoleon Solo" as written by Jim Ward Cedric Bixler

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    General Commentthis is the interview that explains it all.. its omar and cedric at the interview from i dont know who.....

    Where do you all get a lot of your inspiration for your lyrics? Like there's a lot of space stuff...

    C: Some of the stuff from "Casino" is from Event Horizon.

    Oh really?

    C: Yeah. You know, Twilight Zone episodes. I'm a big fan of Dr. Who, from England, you know, which is like a total geek show. He's just like a time traveler guy, and they had those police call bots. I like stuff like that.

    My dad loves that show.

    C: (Laughs) And in El Paso. Some the song titles for the old songs are street names in El Paso or some writers from El Paso. Some Boroughs in there, you know, stuff like that.

    Like "Napoleon Solo" is from...

    C: U.N.C.L.E. Yeah, the title doesn't fit in with the song, but that's where the title comes from. "Napoleon Solo" is the name of the man from U.N.C.L.E.

    What's that song about?

    C: It's about two friends of ours that passed away in a really bad car crash. It was on March 23rd and we were on our way from Austin to New Orleans. They were road tripping and their friend fell asleep at the wheel, and they got shot out of the truck and passed away. They were seventeen years old. One of the bands tonight that's playing, The Rhythm of Black Lines, two of them used to play with a band that I used to play with those two girls. We got the call in New Orleans as we were about to play on stage.

    Oh really?

    C: Yeah, right about to play. Jim wasn't in the band back then so he called to let us know. It was like...we had played three songs and we couldn't play the rest of the set. There was a heckler in the crowd, which...it was a really weird show. Which to me was like New Orleans was like the armpit. It was not a good show. We were really far away from home. That's what it's about. It's just commemorating their lives.
    Scarecrow Plotson June 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, can we say one of the most depressing songs in the history of music. Dear God, this is forever, this is forever. Death comes, and that's the end.
    aircataracton May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such an amazing song... it gives me chills
    BlackEyedAngelson December 03, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFUCKING AWESOME SONG!!!! Too bad its about friends of ATDI who died in a car crash. CHECK OUT: Mars Volta...Cedric and Omar's new band.
    CursiveHeartson February 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about two friends of the band that died just before they went on to play a show... amazing song.. defiinitely powerful stuff
    Mopnuggeton February 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love it as well
    Mofoismon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpoetic genius I can put you in it's mood like very few other songs I can think of
    This I know, This song is forever
    I'ts one of those songs that I know i'll love 20 years from now
    SongMeaningson May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentR.I.P. At The Drive-in
    the adamon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey are still alive! their spirit carries on!! just as long as you keep on listening to them...good song
    o0IdentityCrisis0oon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentever since the first time i heard this song i fell in love with it. as you can probably tell by my name. it just sends out such a message. cedric's voice is also amazing. atdi is my favorite band and it sucks that they broke up, but i'm glad that everyone from the band is still making music in either sparta or mars volta. i had tickets to see atdi and then they broke up and cancelled the tour, then i had tickets to see sparta and i got to the show late and missed them, but i did get to talk to tony and he said that they'd be goign on tour after they put out their new cd, so i hope to see them then.
    atdinapoleonon July 22, 2002   Link

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