The Marble Shrine

Cotopaxi (3:38)

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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Cotopaxi - Official Video

Version Information

  • The single version is identical to the album version, with some extra ambiance at the end.

Live Notes

  • Played largely the same as the studio version.

Other Notes

  • A video for the single depicts semi-surreal scenes of life in Mexico. Each scene contains mostly static people surrounding a television set that mostly displays a closeup of Cedric lip-syncing the song interspliced with scenes of the band performing live.
  • 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.
  • First promotional single for the international release of Octahedron, where "Since We've Been Wrong" was the first U.S. single.

Lyrics for Cotopaxi

when sanskrit was my mother tongue
scarabs filled my pillow
tarmac strips to pave for them
and thrones from which to teach
and in that pulse the future said
the story had been spun
you wet your bed so sleep in it
cards can't make a house

and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
we'll be lucky if we eat tonight
and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
that's why i'll magnify a hole...

when light years came
and light years passed
tugging on the brink
spoils reported missing
put down in its sleep
strangled in the background
fitted for a mask
the future won't believe you
past the ransom fast

and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
we'll be lucky if we eat tonight
and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
that's why i'll magnify a hole...

don't beat around the pulpit
there is no lost and found
where is the devil waiting
trying to disguise...
i've seen what you used to look like
but down here you won't survive

i've got the weight of half of the world
don't stop dragging the lake
i won't come home
if you can't come home
even if you make a grave with my name
you better keep on looking for me

and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
we'll be lucky if we eat tonight
and up that hill go the last of my crumbs
that's why i'll magnify a hole...
in your abdomen

find me the head
and i'll show you the body
lay it to rest
don't say you're sorry