The Marble Shrine

Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus (13:02)

Album: Frances the Mute (76:57 - CD | 77:18 - Vinyl)

Release Date: March 1, 2005

Produced By: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Recorded: July - October 2004 at Avatar Studios, New York

Label: Gold Standard Labs, Universal, Strummer

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Live Notes

  • Debuted during late-2004 dates between the Deloused and Frances tours, before other Frances the Mute songs (apart from The Widow) were debuted.
  • The segment titled "Fascilis Descenus Averni" debuted in Drunkship of Lantern jams in 2003.
  • The transition segment into the third part of the song titled "Con Safo" was played during Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt jams in late 2003.
  • Both segments were heavily extended upon the induction of drummer Thomas Pridgen in 2007, and continued to grow through 2008.
  • In 2009, before Pridgen's departure, the Fascilis Descenus Averni segment was extended to be much longer than the Con Safo outro of the song.
  • Cedric frequently uses Con Safo jams to ad-lib lyrics from other songs.
  • Lyrics from the "Fever Jam" ("Baby baby baby you give me fever...") were initially used in the song and later more famously transposed to Goliath.

Lyrics for Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus

  • Sarcophagi
  • Umbilical Syllable
  • Facilis Descenus Averni
  • Con Safo

the ocean floor is hidden from your viewing lens
a depth perception languished in the night
all my life, i've been sewing the wounds
but the seeds sprout a lachrymal cloud

niño prepárate
que vas sufrir
niño prepárate
salte veneno
niño prepárate
salte de aquí
niño prepárate
labios temblando
niño prepárate
salte veneno
niño prepárate
salte de aquí
niño prepárate
brincan los cuerpos
vas a sufrir

my nails peel back
when the taxidermist ruined
goose stepped the freckling impatience
all the brittle tombs
five hundred little q's
i'm splitting hairs to match the faces

all night long i'll hunt for you
let me show you what i mean
sangre
sonando
de rabia nací

now this train don't lie
an abortion that survived
a lineage of bastard mastication
all the severed proof
talons scratch my suite
these are the feathers that replace them

all night i'll hunt for you
let me show you what i mean
sangre
sonando
de rabia nací

who do you trust
will they feed us the womb
chrome the fetal mirage
will they feed us the womb

i found the remnants of a crescent fang
it cleaned my wing down to the bone
umbilical syllables left to decode
there was no cradle
i can taste it
come on now

all night i'll hunt for you
let me show you what i mean
sangre
sonando
de rabia nací

who do you trust
will they feed us the womb
chrome the fetal mirage
will they feed us the womb

bring me this plague
she took a drink
those nicotine stains
on his every word
my scavenger quilt
will only hide the truth
bring me
bring me this plague

i count the days to find
what was left behind
only these names i clutch
will lead me to my home
somehow this river marks
a wrinkle hand in mine
and everyday that parts
the water into two
mothers and feathers start
to drown the living proof
i can't remember
these lakes of blood
wrapped in a blanket
there sweats a cut
who do you trust
will they feed us the womb
chrome the fetal mirage
will they feed us the womb