Vermicide
The Mars Volta Lyrics


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There with them is error
We are sacrosanct
A taunting of ravens to you
My swarms have fit the holster
My faith burnt every house
Like no other manger
I am emptier with doubt
Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the
Venom
Lush and terminal

Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the
Venom
Lush and terminal

When I became your larvae
You fed me from your plates
Now my slouch is nervous
Sinking by the face
Wrinkled by this gravel
Skinless trace of time
Wear your cobwebs proudly
In your cheap and brittle sight
My glands emit this carnage
These pews bend back your knees
That uniform it wears you
When the ultimatum pleads

Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the
Venom
Lush and terminal

Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the
Venom
Lush and terminal

That cesspool it becomes you
Just north of the eyebrows
Squat the hole for a pucker
When the rations go blonde
The salted stitch is patient
Waiting to engulf
There is plasma from this hoax
Pretending to be us

Embalming all the fluids
I must, I must
I prefer to burn them
I must, I must
Embalming all the fluids
I must, I must
I prefer to burn them
I must, I must

Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the
Venom
Lush and terminal

Bare them
Sevens
Three to a pall
Marks the




Venom
Lush and terminal

Overall Meaning

The Mars Volta's "Vermicide" is a complex and haunting song that explores themes of doubt, faith, and manipulation. The song's lyrics are full of enigmatic imagery and metaphorical language, making it difficult to parse their meaning. However, a close analysis reveals a narrative that is both ominous and thought-provoking.


The lyrics suggest that the singer is part of a group that is deemed "sacrosanct" and is opposed by an opposing force represented by a "taunting of ravens." The singer seems to have lost faith in his or her cause, stating, "My faith burnt every house / Like no other manger / I am emptier with doubt." This loss of faith is represented as a kind of spiritual emptiness, indicating that the singer's beliefs have been shaken to the core.


The song's later verses focus on themes of manipulation and control. The singer describes becoming a "larvae" who is fed by someone else, but who then develops a "nervous" and "wrinkled" slouch as a result. This suggests that the singer's sense of identity and agency has been eroded by their dependence on another person. The final verses suggest that the person who has been doing the manipulating is now being consumed by their own lies and falsehoods, as represented by an "embalming" of fluids that must be burned to prevent their further spread.


Overall, "Vermicide" is a complex and disturbing song that raises important questions about faith, manipulation, and the power dynamics of relationships. While its lyrics are resistant to straightforward interpretation, they offer a rich and thought-provoking meditation on the human condition.


Line by Line Meaning

There with them is error
Error is present among those people


We are sacrosanct
We are holy and inviolable


A taunting of ravens to you
Ravens mock and ridicule you


My swarms have fit the holster
My armies are ready for war


My faith burnt every house
I destroyed everything with conviction


Like no other manger
In a unique way, I was born in difficult circumstances


I am emptier with doubt
My doubts have left me feeling hollow


Bare them
Expose them


Sevens
Groups of seven


Three to a pall
Three in each funeral procession


Marks the
Symbolizes


Venom
Poison


Lush and terminal
Deadly and flourishing


When I became your larvae
When I was under your protection


You fed me from your plates
You provided for me


Now my slouch is nervous
Now I am anxious and insecure


Sinking by the face
My expressions reveal my inner turmoil


Wrinkled by this gravel
Worn down by the struggles of life


Skinless trace of time
A record of the passage of time


Wear your cobwebs proudly
Be proud of your aging and decay


In your cheap and brittle sight
In the way you see yourself, as fragile and inexpensive


My glands emit this carnage
I exude violence and destruction


These pews bend back your knees
You bow down in prayer


That uniform it wears you
Your conformity has consumed you


When the ultimatum pleads
When the final demand is made


That cesspool it becomes you
You are contaminated and corrupted


Just north of the eyebrows
Near the forehead


Squat the hole for a pucker
Prepare for an impending disaster


When the rations go blonde
When resources are scarce and insufficient


The salted stitch is patient
The painful healing process takes time


Waiting to engulf
About to consume


There is plasma from this hoax
A devious scheme that only spills blood


Pretending to be us
Impersonating us


Embalming all the fluids
Preparing the dead for preservation


I must, I must
I have to


I prefer to burn it
I would rather destroy it by fire




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Written by: Cedric Bixler, Omar Rodriguez

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