The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
Unheavenly Creatures Concept by Chase Stone (23).jpg
Appears On Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Track 9
Length 5:11
Written By Claudio Sanchez
Produced By Coheed and Cambria
Preceded By "Love Protocol"
Followed By "Night-Time Walkers "

The Pavilion (A Long Way Back) is the ninth song on the Coheed and Cambria's 2018 album Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures.


Carried 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
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 dust
It's the choice that I've made
But for us, I'd choose to give it all up
If you want me here
Well, then ask me to stay

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
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

Goodbye for now
Echo, echoes
Mile marker
Minutes, hours

If this it
And there is no more
And you believe you’re true
It's a long way back from here
There's no going home




This song was the first that Claudio wrote for Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures right out of the previous album The Color Before the Sun, which explains the sonic similarities between The Pavillion and songs from that album, as well as the self-reflective lyrics. In an interview, Claudio explains how the song was written with no story concept in mind at first:

"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?'[1]

Music Video


Coheed and Cambria The Pavilion (A Long Way Back) Official Video



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