The Marble Shrine

Soothsayer (9:08)

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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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

  • Has never been played live.

Other Notes

  • Features a sample of a call-to-prayer in Jerusalem, as well the improvisations of a classical violin trio.
  • Omar has noted that this was originally intended to be the last song of The Bedlam in Goliath.

Lyrics for Soothsayer

my love becomes a mange
dyeing autumn in its leaves
when it broke me in the branch
where my antlers come to feed
and i swam a hundred days
in the bosom of this filth
carry on this drought
as i tighten this belt

this deceit has no arms
bended will take what's yours
calling me she's calling me
this it may have come to falter
we have become these pleads

in a field of balding marble
where the medicine awaits
the hourglass pokes at
the ribs of my cage
at half rations i'm finished
at half rations the minutes
all that happens was given
coil and embrace

this deceit has no arms
bended will take what's yours
calling me she's calling me
this it may have come to falter
we have become these pleads