Key Entity Extraction III:
Vic The Butcher
VIC THE BUTCHER.jpg
Appears On The Afterman: Ascension
Track 7
Length 5:48
Written By Claudio Sanchez
Produced By Coheed And Cambria
Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
Preceded By "Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked"
Followed By "Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful"

Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher is the seventh song on the 2012 album The Afterman: Ascension.

Lyrics

You made this harder than it had to be
The absolute marker, etching into me
You flashed your colors at me way prematurely
Now I know what you're up to
And it feels so good, it's right.

We've got your number written
Reset the system screaming
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now

These sitting ducks in season
The march of little children
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now

The truth will cut you down to pieces

184, let's burn it down
And if I can't keep from living with this regret
I'll need to change the way I think about us.

I listened to them chuckle as they eat
Their judgement hiding behind eyes and dirty teeth
You think I care for all these phony pleasantries
When I want nothing to do
I want nothing to do with your life.

We've got your number written
Reset the system screaming
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now

These sitting ducks in season
The march of little children
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now

The truth will cut you down to pieces

184, let's burn it down
And if I can't keep from living with this regret
I'll need to change the way I think about us.

Baby, I'm bad company and you don't have a mark
You're the prettiest thing I have ever seen
Come with me
I want to make you dirty.

184, let's burn it down
I'll need to change the way I think about us.

Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now
Hang your secrets, hang 'em up, hang 'em up now.

All Mother: "Heart rate: 119 bpm. Blood pressure: 85 systolic, 50 diastolic. Respirations: 10 per minute. Pulse Oximetry of 83% indicates severe hypoxia and neurovascular compromise. Sirius, you are not well... Caution, unidentified entity approaching."

Meaning

In the coffee-table book published with some of the Special Editions, Claudio gave insight into how he came up with each track on the album. For this track, he wrote: 

"A few years ago, my wife and I were renting an apartment in the Village, Bleecker and MacDougal, #184. We had been married less than a year... just living it up in this amazing point in our lives. One night we went to a show with a group of friends and I wound up getting into it with one of them to the point where I knew if I didn't just get out of the situation, things could get bad. So, knowing that about myself, I took off alone and went home to give myself a cooling off period. Nevertheless, Chonny was angry that I left the show without her. In my mind, I knew she was safe with my friends and would understand my moods enough to know that I needed to get out immediately—She wouldn't talk to me. The immature side of me blew things out of proportion and the next day, I started to write this song about the course of events that evening; how one “strike of a match” could have burned this entire relationship and friendship down."

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