The Marble Shrine

Ilyena (5:36)

Album: The Bedlam in Goliath (75:52)

Release Date: January 29, 2008

Produced By: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Recorded: 2006 - 2007 in Hollywood, CA & Brooklyn, NY

Label: Gold Standard Labs, Universal

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Ilyena - Official Video

Live Notes

  • The ending segment of the song is extended for several measures, and includes a keyboard solo from Ikey, adlibbed vocals from Cedric, and later a guitar solo from Omar.
  • The adlibbed melody from the end of the song has also been used in some 2004 performances of Take the Veil, Cerpin Taxt.

Other Notes

  • A video for the song features a classroom consisting of band members and various personnel as students and Omar as teacher. The scenario later moves outside, where Omar collaborator and graffiti artist gives a demonstration.
  • The song title is a reference to Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov, which is the birth name of actress Dame Helen Mirren. Cedric dedicated the song a few times to his favourite actress, for example during the show on June 29, 2009 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Lyrics for Ilyena

when the chants have cycled
how can i go wrong
there will be no eve for adam
if your apples have gone
i need a brand new skin
incarnated debts
incarcerated when
the deeds are left to purchase

if you could see where i've been
you'd touch the hand that's touching sin
entity ingredient
a mass of blackened scapes begins

cypher is filled
with a blanket of clots
taking everything i've got
please let me in

i need a brand new skin
incarnated debts
incarcerated when
the deeds are left to purchase

if you could see where i've been
you'd touch the hand that's touching sin
entity ingredient
a mass of blackened scapes begins

follow me tonight
follow me into oblivion

if you could see where i've been
you'd touch the hand that's touching sin
entity ingredient
a mass of blackened scapes begin
i seem to hide in metal plates
held together
alone
don't wait
hide with me identity
until we've past due date

can't spot through the lens
bleeding through your sanctuary
intention accident
bleeding through your sanctuary