Son Et Lumiere (The Injection Of Cerpin Taxt)

Son Et Lumiere is loosely translated as "sound and light". In the song, Cerpin Taxt describes his beaten and battered body (by drugs) and continues on to his attempted suicide.

After injecting himself with Rat poison, he falls into a Coma (the Comatorium).

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Cerpin taxt [Julio Veneges] comes into the song after the intro and begins a sung narration.

In the following line he describes how he finds refuge in the words of the bible.

  • I need sanctuary in the pages of this book

Cerpin then takes a syringe full of rat poison, and plunges it into his skin. We know this when he says:

  • Clipside of the Pinkeye fountain

The “pinkeye” is referring to the drop of blood and morphine mixed at the end of the needle from checking your vein. The fountain refers to the morphine inside the needle, releasing a large amount at once like a fountain into your bloodstream. This is also a reference to Cicatriz ESP when Claviatika heals her wounds in a fountain.

Cerpin paints his seemingly bleak character as hopeless when he says

  • I'm not the percent you think survives

When he says this, he is describing how he has a hopeless chance of surviving his suicide attempt, because his body is already battered as described in the last 4 lines of the song.

  • Gestating with all the other rats
  • Nurse said that my skin will need a graft
  • I am of pockmarked shapes
  • The vermin you need to loathe

Cerpin is a drug addict, and constantly shoots up rat poison as part of his addiction. When he says "gestating with all the other rats" he is referring to....well... rats! It is talking about how he is taking a share of what the rodents get. But instead of a lethal dose, it is only enough to get him high.

The band said that the real Cerpin [Julio Veneges] was ridden with scars, welts, bruises, and bumps. His arm was also shriveled up due to the massive amount of syringes he took on account of his addiction. (Shown in the above text)

The lyrics in this song, show only the start of what is to come in the life and times of Cerpin Taxt [Julio Venegas]. The extreme use of metaphor and alliteration is not for the feint of heart. So Caveat Emptor, because the rest of this trip into lyrics is about to get wild.

The Music

Son Et Lumiere starts with the sounds of wind and is somewhat reminiscent of a storm. Then an arpeggiated guitar comes into play. The guitar is portrayed as the sirens of an ambulance, coming to take Cerpin to the Hospital. Then Cedric (Cerpin) starts singing.

My favorite thing about this song is at 1:11 when he sings "loathe". The way his voice reverberates is one of the most satisfying sounds I could imagine. It definitely is something worth listening for.

After the verse, the syncopated sound of drums burst into the scene. This change of direction refers to the beating of Cerpin's Heart. The offbeat rhythms show how frantic and out of control it becomes, as Cerpin's body rejects the drugs.

Son Et Lumiere introduces what is to come. Being one of the three non-fiction songs in the album (the rest are in the dream world [comatorium] which would be impossible to know what happened) it stays true to the memory of Julio Veneges. It is also one of the two songs in which Cerpin Taxt is not in a Coma.

Next, Cerpin taxt becomes "lost" in Intertiatic E.S.P..

(Part 0) Intro

(Part 2) Intertiatic ESP

The De-loused In The Comatorium 100% Complete Song Translation Guide Is Here!

Although my online album review that is free on this site has many great interpretations, it only gives definitions for about 100 of the lines in the album.

If you haven't heard about it already, I've written a vast expansion onto this interpretation. After writing this guide, you guys were so excited about it, that I was encouraged to take it even further and write interpretations for every single line in the album.

I delved deeply into the storybook that Cedric Bixler-Zavala wrote, into the album, and drew from every resource that I could find to create book that translates and describes every line in the book.

This project is called the "Deloused In The Comatorium Song Translation Guide", and you can find it here for purchase.

The De-loused In The Comatorium Song Translation Guide has multiple interpretations for all 400+ lines and lyrics contained within this incredible album.


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