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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
Thank you for this one last big mistake
It's your turn, come shoot for it; if you win, well, you can lead the way, yeah
Midday subway into New Jersey

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

Killed in defense, I can't believe I told you after
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you've touched before you'd ask her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
Dear Nikki, what if I could have found her better off here and knew
Knew I'm breaking, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Elf Tower, New Mexico

Stay here in our last standing hourglass circumstance
Devoted here from the midst of the weary eyes
Lost and buried here, in your big surprise again
Will your fingers find mine back?
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, I can't believe I told you after
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you've touched before you'd ask her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
Dear Nikki, what if I could have found her better off here and knew
Knew I'm breaking, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Elf Tower, New Mexico

So now, until I, I am over
I'll mark my words and learn lessons

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

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

Killed in defense, I can't believe I told you after
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new
'til then pretend you've touched before you'd ask her
I'm giving you up, go on, find someone new

Dear Nikki, what...
What if I could have found her better off, here and knew
Knew I'm breaking, here in Elf Tower, New Mexico

Trivia Edit

  • Coheed and Cambria have expressed discomfort with the song, usually refraining from including it in thier sets at live shows, as it represents things in Claudio's life that he has moved on from. However, they do occasionally play the song as a tribute to the fans who were with them from the start, and at special occasions such as Neverender.
  • At shows where the song is played, acoustic instruments are used, and the lineup for the song is usually limited to Claudio and Travis. In addition Claudio actually reads the song off of a music sheet as he plays.
  • The lyrics to the live version differ from the album. Certain lines are replaced with new ones representing that the time for this song has passed and some are omitted entirely, such as the reference to Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon and the inception of the Amory Wars.
  • When asked, the band explained that Elf Tower, New Mexico is not a real location, but the fictional hometown of the band, the gateway between Earth and Heaven's Fence. In Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness it is implied that Ryder, the fictional writer of the Amory Wars, lives there along with Erica Court. By extension, the gateway is implied to be the Willing Well.
The Second Stage Turbine Blade
1. Second Stage Turbine Blade 2. Time Consumer 3. Devil In Jersey City 4. Everything Evil 5. Delirium Trigger
6. Hearshot Kid Disaster 7. 33 8. Junesong Provision 9. Neverender 10. God Send Conspirator 14. IRO-bot
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