A Retinue Of Moons

A retinue if moons, of icy moons
They illuminate the land
And they make me thing of you
What sunk silently
To the depths of a mystery
A clue that only
one scientist knew

Who knew that the sky is now found to contain
Benzene and methane and chalk
And bloody mud, muddy blood from the sky
From the sickly sweet wings of Edith’s Checkerspot Butterfly?
They die in the ocean
Their legs are broken
The rain slows their flight as it soaks their wings

A microphone will listen for thunder
The telephone will dial the number
To deliver a, a clearer picture
Of weird wet weather
This puts all previous discoveries in doubt
These are things we have theories about

Overhead two sky titans
They collide in slow motion
While over the Ice Tongue, fluid flows
A 1000-foot thick chunk of sediment is exposed
Your own special home

A choking, vapor-laced haze
Obscured by acid rain
Enveloping everything
On the edge of the Milky Way





The Infidel Is Me

Am I the infidel?
I thought it was supposed to be someone else
But I see now it’s me
I am my own worst enemy

Just think of it
The sequence of the incidents was intricate
So brilliant yet illegitimate
Not disastrously but triumphantly
When we met in the secret facility
I said, (you remember what I said)
“It’ll be easy for you to recognize me
By the coils of concentina wire
surrounding my head in a shiny halo
of sharp blades.”

“There are people here
That would do you great harm
So please, just try to stay calm
And I’ll get you through this,”
You whisper
And with that, my illegance had shifted

The betrayal, the delusions
My Quantico rejection
The isolation, the breakdowns
And mysterious injections
Ah, the infidel is me

Then it was I
The lone futurist leading scores of resistors
Armed with tridents
But you’re not there

Why can’t you come in from the cold?
Why can’t you come in from the cold
To make an unlikely alliance with me?

Why don’t you come in from the cold?
Why don’t you come in from the cold
To make an unlikely alliance with me

Ay, the Infidel is me

And in defiance of our alliance
I say, go away and lick your wounds
And when you get them really clean again
You can dream away your dark dream

Ay, the Infidel is me.


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    General CommentI am completely mesmerised by these songs, perhaps its Melora's chantingly "heya"s or the strong sudden cello solos and the creepy beating drums, I just am absolutely intranced by it ...
    jillflash1289on August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBased on the origins of "Choose Me For Champion", I have to assume that "Infidel" is from the point of view of Thursday Christian/Osama bin Laden.
    evil_laugheron May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd maybe the alliance is with Mary Todd/you know who, in some sort of conspiracy.
    evil_laugheron May 23, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIf I were to venture a guess, I'd say "The Infidel is Me" is allegory to the US involvement in the Soviet-Afghanistan war in the early 1980s and how the consequences of that involvement played out regarding the Taliban, Al Qaida, etc.
    purple_ninja_girlon November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot long ago, I was incredibly drunk and incredibly tired and "A Retinue Of Moons" was in my head as I was trying to sleep, and I became convinced that it was about how we have technology to control our surroundings and make life easier for us, but we still can't control the weather. And then I began to get really scared, as I tend to do when I'm wasted and thinking about music.

    Exactly how correct that interpretation is, I really could not say. I think the "Microphone will listen for thunder..." bit was in my head or something.
    Yadarfynon December 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that perhaps the secret alliance in "The Infidel Is Me" is an allusion to specious claims/semi-popular misconception that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden had any sort of connection (beyond sharing the traits "Arab" and "bad"). Melora's analogue for bin Laden cries out, "Where is my unlikely ally?" but is left deserted because the alliance didn't actually exist.

    I really, really like purple ninja girl's interpretation, though.
    ccbubblegumon January 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow do we correct the lyrics?

    1st line: Of moons
    line 3: make me thinK
    last of retinue: AT the edge
    line 3 of infidel: but NOW I SEE it's me
    line 6: HOW the sequence
    line 14: SMALL, sharp, blades
    line 20: my ALlegiance
    line 22: quanticAL
    line 39:IF you get them really clean

    They're minor, I know, but they shouldn't be there.
    Rozhestvenskyon February 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA Retinue of Moons is definitely an allusion to environmental destruction and how difficult it is to get attention for scientific discoveries that shake the status quo. Edith's Checkerspot Butterfly is endangered due to pesticide use in California.
    sheela_lon May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn A Retinue Of Moons ... anyone wanna give a shoot at what she may mean by;
    Overhead two sky titans
    They collide in slow motion
    While over the Ice Tongue, fluid flows
    A 1000-foot thick chunk of sediment is exposed
    Your own special home

    that whole song is amazing and one can find a lot of crazy information out on the net and this band seems to touch up on a lot of that stuff.
    Any ones thoughts on A retinue would be great!
    aradieaon February 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn A Retinue Of Moons ... anyone wanna give a shoot at what she may mean by;
    Overhead two sky titans
    They collide in slow motion
    While over the Ice Tongue, fluid flows
    A 1000-foot thick chunk of sediment is exposed
    Your own special home

    that whole song is amazing and one can find a lot of crazy information out on the net and this band seems to touch up on a lot of that stuff.
    aradieaon February 02, 2010   Link

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