The Marble Shrine

Cassandra Gemini (32:32)

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 in 2005, and was used exclusively as a closer for Frances the Mute tour dates. The song has yet to return since the departure of John Theodore.
  • Segments of the song debuted as early as 2002, and became a regular component of Cicatriz jams up through 2004.
  • Motifs from live improvisations, many of which were also used in Drunkship of Lanterns jams, appeared in various forms on the score for The Burning Plain.
  • The spoken-word vocoder segment is played verbatim from the studio version of the song, rather than performed live.
  • The jam also contained one particular segment that was played on all shows, but is not on the studio version. The section comes after the "night forever more" section is played (with extended lyrics and FTM riffs) to a climax and then bursts into the particular "triumphant riff".
  • When this song was performed live, Cedric would add enormous amounts of lyrics based on the themes of Frances the Mute in general. This was done most extensively in the first Europe leg, and to a lesser extent in the US tour and rest of FTM tours.
  • Ends with final chorus rather than "Sarcophagi" segment.

Other Notes

  • Treated clavinet parts are performed by Larry Harlow.

Lyrics for Cassandra Gemini

  • Tarantism
  • Plant a Nail in the Navel Stream
  • Faminepulse
  • Multiple Spouse Wounds
  • Sarcophagi

i think i've become like one of the others
i think i've become like one of the others
i think i've become like one of the others

there was a frail syrup dripping off his lap danced lapel
punctuated by her decrepit prowl she washed down the hatching gizzard
soft as a mane of needles
his orifice icicles hemorrhaged by combing her torso to a pile
perspired the trophy shelves made room for his collapse
she was a mink handjob in sarcophagus heels

bring me to my knees
read the sharpened lines
all my arms
bled me blind
faucet leaks in shadows
spilling from morgue lancet
caressed your fontanels
i've sworn to kill every last one
every last one
panic in the shakes of the wounded
panic in the worms
onto the floor
and out of your mouth
out of your eyelids

no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches
no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches

all your dreams splintered off
leech by leech on this catafalque
anyone will tell you yes anyone
chance had me setting a trip wire alarm
your mother flirted with disease
when she skinned that costume
by its navel strings
panic in the shakes of the wounded
panic in the worms
onto the floor
and out of your mouth
out of your eyelids

no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches
no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches
no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches

shock lest shackles free you
volt face cons
abandon you again
i won't feel not this time

brick by brick the night eclipsed
pricked by cuticle thorns
dried the sleep on nursery slits
into this life i'm born
heaven's just a scab away
i'd like to see you after just one taste

sink your teeth into the flesh of midnight
night forever more
let them see it has begun
the others i've become

if you should see the dice
charmed with its snaked choked eyes
you'll wear the widows weeds
because they're just your size
behind the snail secretion
leaves a dry heave that absorbs
a limbless procreation
let the infant crawled deformed
a bag replaced the breath of these suffocating sheets
and now when the craving calls
i'll scratch my itchy teeth

come on and sing it now

sink your teeth into the flesh of midnight
night forever more
sink your teeth into the flesh of midnight
night forever more

she fell for the whispers
sister flooded deaf tears
that night tore a river
in her baron womb mirror
and his multiple sons with their mandible tongues
set crucified fires to petrified homes...
let it burn
and the owls they were watching
and the owls didn't care
then the owls came a knocking
placenta in their stares
they will feed on all the carnage
leftover from the flood
and in the corner of their eyes
fled sister l'via

now the pieces went floating
reflecting all at dusk
conceived from the stabbing
was vismund cygnus

twenty five wives in the lake tonight
raw bark in the water of the marble shrine
twenty five snakes pour out your eyes
yeah the icepicks cumming on the marble shrine
twenty five wives in the lake tonight
raw bark in the water of the marble shrine
twenty five snakes pour out your eyes
yeah the icepicks cumming tonight
twenty five wives in the lake tonight
raw bark in the water of the marble shrine
twenty five snakes pour out your eyes
yeah the icepicks cumming on the marble shrine
twenty five wives in the lake tonight
raw bark in the water of the marble shrine
twenty five snakes pour out your eyes
twenty five snakes are drowning

you can't bend your crooked arms or fold your punctured proof
the air is growing cold and there's nothing you can do
soon there'll be no gauze inside the confessional
only rows of crows defrocking every breath

and one day you'll remember
behind the melting cones
you always had a family
in the burial of your home

i'll peel back all of my skin
peel back and let it all run

brick by brick the night eclipsed
pricked by the cuticle thorns
dried the sleep on nursery slits
into this life i'm born
heaven's just a scab away
i'd like to see you after just one taste

sink your teeth into the flesh of midnight
night forever more
let them see it has begun
the others i've become

no there's no light in the darkest
of your furthest reaches
no there's no light
no there's no time
you ain't got nothing
your life was just a lie

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