The Suffering

Album: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One (2005)
Charted: 60

Songfacts®:

  • This song describes a breakup. The guy left, and his girl was hurt by him leaving ("Oh where have you been, oh where have you been"). The main singer is the guy and the side voices are the girl. So the guy comes back and the girl doesn't want him anymore because she doesn't want to be hurt anymore ("Oh where have you been if it hurts to be forgiving? Bye"). This makes the guy angry and sad, and he wants to get back with the girl ("Should we try this again with hope?"). So in the end the guy thinks that the girl just wanted to hurt him and won't ever go back to her again ("I may be invited, girl, but I'm not coming in"). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jonny - Portland, OR
  • This song is part of the overall story behind Coheed And Cambria's albums. At this part of the album, the writer of the story is distraught over his girlfriend rejecting his proposal and cheating on him to the point of insanity, so he decides to enter his story, because she is all he can think about anymore. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Eli - Toronto, ON

Comments: 7

  • Mel!ssa from Pittsburgh, PaHey Ben! I think Queensryche must be their grandpa!
  • Mariah from Boston, MaThe Suffering is where all the souls go to protect the keyword... duh...
  • Catherine from Glasgow, Englandso why does the video have mermaids in it?
  • Micah from Lancaster, Pa"Welcome Home" is not when she cheats. That song takes place after The Writing Writer finds out she cheated and in his subconscious he beats her. If you ever watch Co&Ca's Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom DVD Claudio actually talks about the song "Welcome Home".
  • Micah from Lancaster, PaEriCa Court...A "C" not a "K" as noted in the song title "The Lying Lies and Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court". Ironically enough that song is the next track after "The Suffering" so if you actually bought the album I don't know how you could have gotten that "K" crap put in there. Also, the characters Newo Ikkin, Ambellina and Erica Court are all derivatives of the same real life person named Nikki Owen, Newo Ikkin spelled backwards. Enjoy that little tidbit.
  • Ed from Ottawa, CanadaThis song is about two characters who are referred to as Miss Erika Court and The Writer (or, the Writing Writer). They play a large part in an overarching storyline featuring two characters named Coheed and Cambria Kilganon. Thei son Claudio is the main character of the story, which happens to be the one the Writer is writing...so, his longing for Erika (after he murders her) and his generally emoness lead him to kill off Claudio's friend Ambellina.
  • Ben from Golden, CoCoheed & Cambria sound like the child of Rush and Iron Maiden.
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