The Marble Shrine

Agadez (6:44)

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

View all shows featuring this song

Version Information

  • A demo of the song was released for download via Universal's program for owners of the USB format version of The Bedlam in Goliath. Apart from some missing vocal effects, the demo remains very close to the final release.

Live Notes

  • Played very closely to studio version.
  • A pre-jam constructed from the song's cord progression was played before the song starting in February of 2008.
  • During the beginning of the Bedlam in Goliath tour Cedric mixed the chorus lyrics up.

Other Notes

  • On the studio version, Henry Trejo (Omar's guitar tech) added the "Because".

Lyrics for Agadez

i should have known
you'd always scratch that itch
when you asked me for safe passage
on my shoulders where we slid
and just before you laid
dead weight upon its shores
i stung you in the face
for that's the nature of my core

because
i got distance
don't let it close
gotta let me know
you just got to let me know

because
forget which way
is out now
gotta let me know
you just gotta let me know

i'm nowhere near this place you wear
it's unforgivable
it knows that i am visible
i'm broken mirrors and useless prayer
this lock is healing me
you know you came so willingly

waiting is a vessel that will take me to
love, it knows no order -
when you taste the truth

because i'm trapped in this cement husk
gotta let me go
you just gotta let me go

because
i paid with my own touch now
i brought a little cut
there is blood for every month

in the way you used to call her wicked answers
time is a plague
there's no time in this place
if you don't let me go -
heaven's made a cesspool of us all

i'm nowhere near this place you wear
it's unforgivable
it knows that i am visible
i'm broken mirrors and useless prayer
this lock is healing me
you know you came so willingly
there burns a kiss with serpent scales
there is no miracle
i lost your miracle

i wrap myself around your buried questions
through blisters of confinement
i seek to drain this broken shelter
to refill the pigment case that i have left

don't stay long
for teeth nurse
the first wound
coats revolve
hope to gain
what if we find
what tongue
ties double windsor
invoke to no reply
those that lie
have froze
at the border
no implies
close the frame
what if we find
the sunlight draws a curtain
invoke to no reply
there's a place
where this depth charge ignites
there's a place
where the soul has no purpose
i can't believe you
when your thirst won't let me go
i am the moment you were always speaking of
because there's

no fence will hold
the sentient culprit fall about it
say when i can enter them
culprit fall about it
one fell, the other taste won't lie
make no doubt about it
how many blame
how many cave into the pressure i apply
if you take this breath of mine