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|First live performance||22nd October 2004|
|Latest live performance||10th April 2005|
|Knights of Cydonia||<||Glorious (bonus track)||>|
Begins with a guitar riff which uses a pedal note throughout supported by a moving bass line which is continued in the verse. Drum part is rhythmically imitative of the guitar riff. The chorus is heavily chromatic. Both the guitar and vocal parts ascend chromatically, and when it moves out of this chromatic motif the guitar continues to imitate the vocal line melodically. The piece is brought to a close initially with the original guitar riff and then by a variation of the riff but with the same bass line. The song is bookended by 33 randomly overdubbed guitars, which eventually resolve to a B major chord to end the track.
When played live, this song was referred to as DES due to a name printed on a set list. DES is the name of the keyboard technician - During the performance of Fillip for Bizarre 1999, there is a problem with the sound (a video of this can be seen here or downloaded here) and at the time, Matt made a beckoning gesture aimed backstage and he is heard saying "Des! Des!". It could also be a reference to DES, an American government cypher which would fit with the apparent cryptographic theme of the album. DES became a backronym for "Dead End Street" when some fans thought it was the title for the new song.
Matt first referred to this song in his October message on the Official messaged board stating that "the 33 randomised guitar overdubs on the church of sub genius ... have high chance of making it [on to Black Holes and Revelations]", Church of the SubGenius being the song's pre-release title.
It was also included as a Bonus Track to Black Holes and Revelations on U.S. iTunes.
Rose-tinted view And satellites that Compromise the truth But I wanted more With the cuts and the bruises Touch my face A hopeless embrace Faith It drives me away But it turns me on Like a stranger's love It rockets through the universe It fuels the lies and feeds the curse Believes we could be glorious I need to believe But I still want more With the cuts and the bruises Don't close the door On what you adore And faith It drives me away But it turns me on Like a stranger's love It rockets through the universe It fuels the lies and feeds the curse Believes we could be glorious