The Marble Shrine
Track Listing
  1. Cut That City
  2. Concertina
  3. Eunuch Provocateur

The Mars Volta

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Projects

Concertina (4:55)

Album: Tremulant EP (19:28)

Release Date: April 2, 2002

Produced By: Alex Newport

Recorded: October - December, 2001

Label: Gold Standard Labs

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Version Information

  • Re-recorded during Deloused in the Comatorium sessions with producer Rick Rubin, and Flea on bass. This version contains features of Deloused's production and is missing the riff that occurs in the original starting with the lyric "And this debt will collect..." This is the version that has been played live since 2002, rather than the EP version.
  • A live version of the song was released on "Scabdates." This live recording is from an unknown date, whereas much of "Scabdates" comes from the 5/12/2004 and 5/13/2004 Wiltern, Los Angeles shows. Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez' saxophone playing probably places the recording as sometime during or after Frances the Mute tour rehearsals.

Live Notes

  • Re-recorded version has been played since 2002, missing the "And this debt will collect..." lyric and accompanying riff.

Lyrics for Concertina

in denial who will come clean all the ravenous debris
in disguise sideswiped by penance in cerecloth sentencing
this scapegrace will pay my barking harangue... are you listening?
on the 14th you stole what hasn't grown old
in denial, file this under a bridge that he can't leave

will those shadows glare from that blank-rimmed stare in a vacancy hush
aunque me dejaste ahogando en el mar
aquestete en la tierra, de la realidad de tu sueno
manos me recuerdo solamente a ti te odio yo ya me voy

and the storyville sawbones couldn't fill
the prescription to mend all the broken wills in the white lie wards - don't you pretend
tangled in thorns to walk unborn

[Extended]
and this debt will collect.
all the sickness that infects

suddenly drives up
sentencing valley
count all the handshakes
syringe overflows

tangled in thorns to walk unborn

and this debt will collect all the sickness that you infect
And this debt will collect all the sickness you infect

and this debt.