"Speechless" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
mother nature never smelled so good
can i taste the flower that you carry
brilliant minds with pretty faces never cry
pedastal is crumbling down
now you're on the ground
selfless days are way too many
lay back, spread your legs, and don't make a sound

hiding bruises he brings you roses
says "i'm sorry" now it's okay
no hard feelings, no deep meanings
you were once special
but just for a day

he hook and baits you
to break you in two
now no one is saying
that it'll be all right
promises when he says "i love you"
face first to the floor
now you just don't know

speak up!
because no one's listening

all those lonely nights
you stayed up and cried
sick to your stomach with butterflies
he says "come here and hold me close
you never really seem to smile when i touch you"
saccharine sweet flavored drinks
taste so old
this burning in your mind
makes you feel so cold

no recollection of affection
we're only safe from harm when nothing
matters only 20 years have passed
and you're already feeling old
bell jar is ringing
and no one understands the feeling of
kicking a dead cow
and hoping that i will come alive
when everything is wrong
you just say..
"i'm doing fine."

she's reaching for something right


mother nature never smelled so good
can i taste the flower that you carry
brilliant minds with pretty faces never cry
pedastal is crumbling down
now you're on the ground
selfless days are way too many
lay back, spread your legs, and don't make a sound

hiding bruises he brings you roses
says "i'm sorry" now it's okay
no hard feelings, no deep meanings
you were once special
but just for a day

he hook and baits you
to break you in two
now no one is saying
that it'll be all right
promises when he says "i love you"
face first to the floor
now you just don't know

speak up!
because no one's listening

all those lonely nights
you stayed up and cried
sick to your stomach with butterflies
he says "come here and hold me close
you never really seem to smile when i touch you"
saccharine sweet flavored drinks
taste so old
this burning in your mind
makes you feel so cold

no recollection of affection
we're only safe from harm when nothing
matters only 20 years have passed
and you're already feeling old
bell jar is ringing
and no one understands the feeling of
kicking a dead cow
and hoping that i will come alive
when everything is wrong
you just say..
"i'm doing fine."

she's reaching for something right


Lyrics submitted by cbennett

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about a battered wife, but she doesn't speak up until it's too late. When I first began to understand the lyrics (can take a while with ATDI), I thought the tone was very harsh, directed toward the subjec tof the battery, but now I feel it is more intended to be cynical of the entire battery cycle.
    I think it is a great song, just beautifully put together, and the final line of the song at least end it on a hopeful note.
    pedonkleon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"I'm doing fine" is not a hopeful note. It is talking about how the beaten lie to their freinds, their loved ones, and themselves. "When everything is wrong, you'll just lie." That's what it says.
    aircataracton May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think pedonkle was referring to "I'm doing fine"... he was probably talking about the repetition of "she's reaching for something right" in the end which does finish things up with a little sympathy and simultaneous optimism
    catacuacheon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about abuse, probably a man abusing a woman. i just like the part speak up because no one is listen because that can be applied to so many areas of life.
    nerverunneron March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHey! It's just like that Nickelback song!!! "You're just a child with a temper!"
    TheMadLiteraliston March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAnybody know who sings the "all those lonely nights" verse? It's totally not Cedric. Great song, though, kind of an odd style for ATDI. Some killer screaming.
    Star Slighton April 13, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"lay back, spread your legs, and don't make a sound" sonds like its about raping .. or mayby just about making love... but why hes forcing her not to make a sound?
    m4t3kon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy friend has been in and out of an abuse relationship for 6 years so i like this song (if you know what i mean). the way the victim constantly forgives her partner and how she feels old. my friend once said to me that she was 23 and she doesnt want to be 30 and have wasted her youth on him (shes currently back with him and says hes changed but i dunno). My favourite line is about kicking the dead cow and hoping it will come alive. Ive seen people trying their hardest to change someone, trying to make their relationship work. Theres a desperation in this but a sense of hope. The victim cant imagine life with anyone else and cant see how much they could improve their lives by walking away. I dont think the last line is optimistic. I think this is her friend who is watching all this, he/she knows this person well and knows all that has happened and will happen. The victim may say shes gonna leave him but the friend knows that she doesnt have the strength to do that - so the line is almost sarcastic in tone. I dont think the song is actually about the victim of abuse. its about a friend who is seeing someone they love slowly kill themselves and the anger they feel towards both the victim and the abuser. Thats why the song goes 'mental' if you like, Cedric is singing like he is frustrated and angry that he cant help her. Cos you can never help anyone who doesnt want it. ive tried. depressing isnt it?
    Brian Kilometreson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with the explanation of the lyrics. i love the dual voices in the 'all those lonely night ....' part... and there's a cute little guitar part in there, too. and i love the screaming in this song, i scream along every time.... wheee!!! :)
    MapleLeafon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentstar slight, I think its Ben singing the "all those loney nights" verse. He was the bass player, who, as the legend goes, got kicked out of ATDI for apparentely forcing their friend Julio into suicide, which is also why he isn't credited on the album.
    Ben and Julio are also what "De-Loused in the Comatorium" by the Mars Volta is about.
    crimpon January 02, 2005   Link

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