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Elf Tower New Mexico
02 - Dragonfly (SSTB)
Appears On The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Track 11
Length 6:04
Written By Coheed And Cambria
Produced By Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
Preceded By God Send Conspirator
Followed By Junesong Provisions (Acoustic Demo)

Elf Tower New Mexico is a b-side from the 2002 album The Second Stage Turbine Blade (album), and the 11th track on the 2005 reissue of that album. Considered to be a rarity in the Coheed and Cambria live catalogue, the song was not played at a show until 2011, when it began showing up as an acoustic encore.

It is one of the few songs released prior to 2015's The Color Before the Sun that is not related to The Amory Wars. Instead, it details the hostile relationship between Claudio Sanchez and former girlfriend Nikki Owen, the inspiration for the character of Newo Ikkin.

Lyrics Edit

Elf Tower, New Mexico (x2)

Well, thank God you're still angry at me
And I've got a better chance of seeing you dead and buried, yeah
Oh, thank her for this one last big mistake
It's your turn, come shoot for me; if you win, well, you can lead the way
Midday subway into New Jersey

Did you think maybe I...
Was doing quite well without you in the frame still?

Killed in defense, caught with a cold you run to her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you touched before you asked her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
Dear Nikki, what if I could have found a better half here in you
Oh Nikki, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Elf Tower, New Mexico

Stay here in our last standing hourglass circumstance
Devoted here to the midst of the weary eyes
Lost and buried here, in your big surprise in the ground
Will your fingers find my bag
Familiar, fit in the questions that I had to ask

Did you think maybe I...
Was doing quite well without you in the frame still?

Killed in defense, caught with a cold you run to her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you touched before you asked her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
Dear Nikki, what if I could have found a better half here in you
Oh Nikki, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Elf Tower, New Mexico

Somehow, tonight, you are run out of air
I'll give my words in learned lessons!

Dear god, before I heard this is your intention
Before I could have figured out, over and over
Dear, there's Coheed and then Cambria
An innocent merger
Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Thank God they recovered your body in New Mexico
Three days it's spoiled, love, we miss you in every way
You could've been dear, wish you were here, still in the frame, still

Killed in defense, caught with a cold you run to her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you touched before you asked her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
Dear Nikki, what if I could have found a better half here in you
Oh Nikki, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Trivia Edit

Coheed and Cambria have expressed dislike for Elf Tower New Mexico due to it being associated with a difficult period in their lives, hence its relative rarity at live performances. Moreover, Claudio has expressed that he while he does not hate anything he's worked on, Elf Tower New Mexico is the song he is the least proud of and prefers fans not to request it at shows.

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