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The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)

Coheed and Cambria

The Pavilion (A Long Way Back) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Carry them over your shoulders, you fear
The absence, the void you'll cause
When you choose to leave them all here
There's no turning back, it's time that you steer
The wide open stares back alone at the cusp
The self that you thought you lost
The shine that burned well into rust
You can't hear my voice 'cause I'm not loud enough

Believe me, when I say
It's a long way back from here

[Chorus]
Goodbye for now
Hang on, it's clear that the road's about to get rough
Oh, can you hear the ringing it's left in my ear?
Over and over, the light hits the dusk
It's a choice that I make but for us, I choose to give it all up
You want me here? Well, then ask me to stay

[Verse 2]
The glistening wet concrete, the heat off the road
The clamoring hands and the bus you call home
This is it, believe what you want
In this space, I don't fit
The same day repeats with the things that you see
Dirty dressing room carpets and broken TVs
Is this it?
In this water I'll tread 'til the day that I'm dead

[Chorus]
Hang on, it's clear that the road's about to get rough
Oh, can you hear the ringing it's left in my ear?
Over and over, the light hits the dusk
It's a choice that I make but for us, I choose to give it all up
You want me here? Well, then ask me to stay

[Bridge]
Goodbye for now, echoes, echoes
Mile marker, minutes, hours
If this is it and there is no more
And you believe that's true
It's a long way back from here
There's no going home

[Chorus]
Hang on, it's clear that the road's about to get rough
Oh, can you hear the ringing it's left in my ear?
Over and over, the light hits the dusk
It's a choice that I make but for us, I choose to give it all up
You want me here? Well, then ask me to stay

[Outro]
(Goodbye for now, echoes, echoes)
Well, then ask me to stay
(Goodbye for now, echoes, echoes)
Well, then ask me to stay
(Goodbye for now, echoes, echoes)
Well, then ask me to stay
(Goodbye for now, echoes, echoes)
Well, then ask me to stay

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About “The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)”

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Frontman Claudio Sanchez said this of “The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)” in his interview with Rolling Stone:

For example, there was no concept with “Pavilion.” The bare-bones meaning behind that song was basically leaving the band. It wasn’t until I started structuring the actual beats of the story that I found a place for it within the concept. I took those bones and fleshed it out with the backstory of Creature and Sister Spider and how they worked in theater productions. In that second verse, if you listen, it talks about “dressing room carpets” and “broken TVs” — it’s basically the loop of being a band on the road, all the things you sort of endure. For me, it was like, ‘That’s obviously about [leaving the band], but how do I take this real-life situation and feed it to these fictitious characters to give them more legs to stand on, using this song that feels so outside of the concept?”

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