The Marble Shrine

Since We've Been Wrong (7:20)

Album: Octahedron (50:03)

Release Date: June 23, 2009

Produced By: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Recorded: August 2008 at 99 Sutton Street in Brooklyn, New York

Label: Rodriguez-Lopez Productions, Warner Bros., Mercury

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Since We've Been Wrong - Official Video

Version Information

  • The radio edit/single version of the song starts into the first verse right away, cutting away the ambience and guitar intro. The brief piano accompaniment and space between the first chorus and second verse are also cut in this version.

Live Notes

  • Debuted acoustically at the New Year's Eve 2007 show in San Francisco, a year and a half before its studio release.
  • Debuted with the full band upon the induction of drummer in late November 2009.

Other Notes

  • A video for the song features a montage of the band in the studio, possibly rehearsing for the Octahedron tour.
  • This was the promotional single for the U.S. release of Octahedron, where Cotopaxi was the promotional single abroad.
  • Released/streamed free to subscribers of The Mars Volta's official newsletter on May 16, 2009 with 3 other songs from Octahedron as a promotion, provided the subscriber placed a purchased TMV CD in their CD drive.

Lyrics for Since We've Been Wrong

do you remember how you wore that dress
it slit my sight beneath the eyelids
do you remember what you said to me
what course has given you the right to stray
and in your living tomb i'm stuck but safe
the clocks are ticking fast with every breath

since we've been wrong
i've been part awake
since we've been wrong
you will never ever know me
what took you so long
i'm not sure all the way
but my heart it asks just one more time
are you still a mess

one day a rain will come to wash away
the earth that held us was no island
i have become ingrown inside this skin
i'll find a way out through those eyelids

and all the days become a cast away
i seem to think i don't belong here

since we've been wrong
i've been part awake
since we've been wrong
you will never ever know me
what took you so long
i'm not sure all the way
but my heart it asks just one more time
are you still a mess

i don't belong here
i shouldn't stay
what falls inside me grows empty
the walls between us will never break
just seals it shut
it grows empty

since we've been wrong
i've been part awake
since we've been wrong
you will never ever know me
what took you so long
i'm not sure all the way
but my heart it asks just one more time
are you still a mess