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The Suffering
04 - Four (FFTEM)
Appears On Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Track 9
Length 3:43
Produced By Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
References "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)"
"Blood Red Summer"
Preceded By "Wake Up"
Followed By "The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court"

The Suffering is the ninth song on the 2005 album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.

This song is also the second single from the album. Unlike most radio edit's, which shorten the length of songs for radio play, the radio edit of this song is longer than the album version, as the song's chorus was inserted into the song again after the first "If it was up to me..." section.

The music video features a fictional storyline, in which a centaur sees visions (in what appears to be a haze, not unlike a crystal ball) of a mermaid in danger. The centaur goes out to rescue the mermaid and eventually finds her in the grasp of a giant squid. The centaur slays the squid, and they seem to live happily ever after. However they do not as the mermaid lives in the sea and the Centaur lives on land and the two can not be together. This parallels the storyline for the album in The Amory Wars, as the Writer and his girlfriend Erica Court do not not live "happily ever after." These scenes are interspersed with shots of the band playing in a large, red cave.

Lyrics Edit

Is there a word or right to say
Even in this old fashioned way?
Go make your move, girl
I’m not coming home

Would things have changed if I could’ve stayed?
Would you have loved me either way?
Dressed to the blues, day to day with my collar up

Decision sits so make it quick
A breath inhaled from an air so sick
I cursed the day that I learned
Of the web you spun...
(You had your hold 'till bleeding)

(Hey, hey!)
If it was up to me
I would’ve figured you out
Way before the year clocked out
Oh, I hope you’re waiting
(Hey, hey!)
If it was up to me
I would’ve never walked out
So until the sun burns out
Oh, I hope you’re waiting

Would we have lived as a child would care?
With this vile to drink I dare
(Oh, where have you been? Oh, where have you been?)
Only to cry all alone with your taste on tongue
(Oh where have you been if it hurts to be forgiving?)

(Bye...)
Should we try this again with hope?
(Bye bye...)
Or is it lost, give up the ghost
And should I die all alone as I knew I would...
(Then burn in hell young sinner)

(Hey, hey! Ha ha!)
If it was up to me
I would’ve figured you out
Way before the year clocked out
Oh, I hope you’re waiting
Oh, I hope you're waiting...

Listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in your suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
You may be invited girl, but you’re not coming in
Listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in your suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
I may be invited girl, but I'm not coming in

(Hey, hey!)
If it was up to me
(You had your hope)
I would’ve figured you out
(Oh, where have you been? Oh, where have you been?)
Way before the year clocked out
Oh, I hope you’re waiting
(Hey, Hey!)
If it was up to me
(Give up the ghost)
I would’ve never walked out
(Oh, where have you been? Oh, where have you been?)
So until the sun burns out
(Oh, where have you been if it's hurts to be forgiving?)
Oh, I hope you’re waiting

Listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in tour suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
You may be invited girl, but you’re not coming in
Now listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in your suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
I may be invited girl, but I'm not coming in

Now listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in your suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
You may be invited girl, but you’re not coming in
Listen well, will you marry me?
(Not now, boy)
Are you well in your suffering?
(You’ve been...) the most gracious of hosts
I may be invited girl, but I'm not coming in

And you're not coming in...

Music VideoEdit

Coheed and Cambria - The Suffering03:51

Coheed and Cambria - The Suffering

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