The Marble Shrine

Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore (13:10)

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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Version Information

  • Studio version features several minutes of a sample of Puerto Rican coqui frogs.
  • Studio version features Flea on trumpet.

Live Notes

  • Premiered acoustically at the 2007 New Year's Eve show in San Francisco.
  • Played acoustically or with an electric guitar occasionally thereafter in 2008.
  • Premiered with full-band accompaniment in late 2009 upon the induction of drummer Dave Elitch.
  • Last of the Frances the Mute songs to debut, and one of three songs to debut acoustically.
  • Played on Mexican television in late 2008.

Other Notes

  • An acoustic demo of this song, sourced from the Frances the Mute recording sessions, exists.

Lyrics for Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore

  • Vade Mecum
  • Pour Another Icepick
  • Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma)
  • Con Safo

i've always wanted
to eat glass with you again
but i never knew how
how to talk without
walls dropping on the eve
the nest they made couldn't break you
along the fallen scowled a fence of beaks
but the temple is scathing
through your veins they were scaling
through an ice pick of abscess reckoning

and when miranda sang
everyone turned away
used to the noose they obey

and whoever said that they would scatter
separating the mother from child
she can bat a broken eyelid
raining maggots from it's sty
and with the traces that she leaves
she will skin you out alive

all the children go grinding their jaws
the sweet smell of their toothless canals
and the damn she will break,
make an ocean from this lake
as they siphon off all of our blood

and when miranda sang
everyone turned away
used to the noose they obey