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The Mars Volta - Televators

[Verse 1]
Just as he hit
The ground
They lowered a tow that
Stuck in his neck to the gills
Fragments of sobriquets
Riddle me this
Three half eaten corneas
Who hit the aureole
Stalk the ground
Stalk the ground

You should have seen
The curse that flew right by you
Page of concrete
Stained walks crutch in hobbled sway
A capillary hint of red
Only this manupod
Crescent in shape has escaped

[Verse 2]
The house half the way
Fell empty with teeth
That split both his lips
Mark these words
One day this chalk outline will circle this city
Was he robbed of the asphalt that cushioned his face
A room colored charlatan
Hid in a safe
Stalk the ground
Stalk the ground

“Televators“ is the final elegy for Julio Venegas, a close friend of Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, who committed suicide in 1996 by leaping from an overpass into a freeway in rush hour traffic. In this album, Julio is called Cerpin Taxt. The whole album is a fictional account of how Julio/Cerpin spent his last days in a coma. Most of the tracks contain dreamlike images, but in “Televators” we’re pulled back to reality, and the fictional narrative matches real life. Venegas was a visual artist himself, and was a big influence on the imagery of the album. Julio is the subject matter of other two songs: “Concertina”, from Mars Volta’s first EP and “Embroglio”, from At the Drive-in’s first album.

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