Martyr
Mastodon Lyrics


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Don't stay, run away
He has ordered assassination
Don't stay, run away
The henchmen are gathered and waiting
Don't stay, run away
Your role as usurper is found out
Don't stay, run away
Tsarina has warned of the danger

It's your own fault
That is what we wanted
It's your own fault
This is where we lay

By the light of the moon
You must escape into the deep black of the night
Fight the devil inside
Enemies poison deep within my second sight
Wasting valuable time

Ride the tides of blood
Illumination
Beauties sudden hand
Shattered crown
Stretching arms up high
We're on our way now
Leave the Czar to die

Spiraling up through the crack in the sky
Leaving material world behind




I see your face in constellations
The martyr is ending his life for mine

Overall Meaning

The Czar is a four-part epic song by Mastodon, with each section representing a different part of the story. Usurper is the first part, in which the main character (presumably the titular Czar) is being warned to run away from assassins. The Czar's position as a usurper has been exposed, and Tsarina (the Czar's wife) has warned him of the danger. The second section, Escape, is a frenzied escape sequence, with the Czar fighting off enemies while trying to escape. The Czar is being hunted and has to ride "the tides of blood" to escape.


The next section, Martyr, suggests that the Czar has sacrificed himself to save others. It's unclear who the "martyr" is, but the lyrics suggest that the Czar has given up his life so that others may live. The final section, Spiral, is a psychedelic journey into the afterlife. The Czar has left the material world behind and is now seeing "constellations" where he sees the face of the person who died for his life.


The song's narrative is somewhat opaque and open to interpretation, but it's clear that the story is a metaphor for something deeper. The Czar is possibly a symbol for leadership, and the different parts of the story represent the different aspects of power and sacrifice.


Line by Line Meaning

Don't stay, run away
Flee immediately


He has ordered assassination
The Czar wants you killed


The henchmen are gathered and waiting
Assassins are ready to strike


Your role as usurper is found out
Your attempt to overthrow the Czar is discovered


Tsarina has warned of the danger
The Czar's wife has alerted you to the threat


It's your own fault
You brought this upon yourself


That is what we wanted
We desired this outcome


This is where we lay
Here is where our plan takes hold


By the light of the moon
Under the cover of night


You must escape into the deep black of the night
You must flee under the cover of darkness


Fight the devil inside
Overcome your inner demons


Enemies poison deep within my second sight
I see danger lurking ahead


Wasting valuable time
Every moment counts


Ride the tides of blood
Succumb to the violence around you


Illumination
Sudden understanding


Beauties sudden hand
A moment of grace


Shattered crown
The end of a reign


Stretching arms up high
Reaching for the skies


We're on our way now
Moving towards our goal


Leave the Czar to die
Abandon the doomed leader


Spiraling up through the crack in the sky
Ascending to a higher plane of existence


Leaving material world behind
Transcending physical reality


I see your face in constellations
Glimpsing a loved one in the heavens


The martyr is ending his life for mine
Someone is sacrificing themselves for me




Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Written by: BRANN TIMOTHY DAILOR, TROY JAYSON SANDERS, WILLIAM BREEN KELLIHER, WILLIAM BRENT HINDS

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