The Marble Shrine

Teflon (5:04)

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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Version Information

  • Teflon stems from the song "A Story Teeth Rotted For" from Omar's solo album Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus. The song features different production, electronic drumming, more ambient guitar, and no vocals, although the structure and main sample remain the same.

Live Notes

  • Played largely the same as on the album.
  • In Europe 2009, Thomas begins playing the chorus with 16th notes instead of 8th notes.
  • One of the few songs Omar sings backup on.

Other Notes

  • "Teflon" comes from the term for a politician who is impervious to debate and scrutiny.
  • Cedric has stated the song pertains to the hypothetical situation wherein John McCain won the 2008 election.
  • The main sample is from Omar's song "A Story Teeth Rotted For" from Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus.
  • Lyrics from the song were used in some Goliath jams in 2008.

Lyrics for Teflon

i just don't know the layman's terms
to call the mess you breed
what thaws beneath this surface
soils blood to your family tree
the dates they change
with each new phase
i'm anxious bouts of nervous

what am i without the bruises
this switch it won't come on
what do i do to lose it
beneath this distress call

let the wheels burn
let the wheels burn
stack the tires to the neck
with the body inside

frames of infrared
keep scrolling into focus
scarab crank the busy signal
with habits that you notice
the dates they change
with each new phase
i'm anxious bouts of nervous

what am i without the bruises
this switch it won’t come on
what do i do to lose it
beneath this distress call

let the wheels burn
let the wheels burn
stack the tires to the neck
with the body inside

taking all the hostages
into the oval office
draw the curtains part their hair
and pull the trigger softly

if they have me committed
then i'll just take you with me

one driver in your motorcade
is all it takes... is all it takes
sandmen grains in teflon veins
is all it takes... is all it takes