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"Vertebra Seraphim" is an October Noir song included on their first album The Haunting and the Powerful, released in 2017. The song has acoustic guitar rhythm copied off of "Die with Me", a Type O Negative song that appears on their album October Rust.

The title of this song means "backs of angels" as 'Vertebra' is located in the back and 'Seraphim' is the Latin word for angels. Also named "Angels", it is about loving his ex-girlfriend, whom Tom called her Angel. Each of the last 12 lines all said 'Angels cannot carry the love {I/you} give to {me/thee}'.

This song and all others on the album were remastered and released in 2022. On the remastered version, the bridge has different keyboard tones than in the original version. All the tones in remastered version is all piano, mid to high pitch, compared to some in the original.

Lyrics[]

How soon it all came to be
without looking way
There's something inside of you
that longs to be saved
I can see it in your eyes
every time I look at you

A moth to the flame, well
perhaps I'm a fool
An ingrate then I'll be
if it means loving you
Just taste the truth on my lips
every time I'm kissing you
Heaven's light breaches skies
Your voice soft as rain
An igneous catalyst
I'll play in these flames
Hair stands on my flesh
every time I'm touching you

(She says)
"Don't believe in those words
They're just all in your head"
So much time to spend with you
So much left unsaid
But I just wanted you to know
that I fell when I first saw you

Leave all your fears behind
Don't nest in it's chains
The key's within your hands
Unlock your restraints
I'll be there to pick you up
every time your bonds won't break
Time will come and time will pass
but who can we blame?
Ataraxia will be our home
where we both remain
Don't fret now, my precious one
right here is right where I'll stay

(She says)
"Don't believe in those words
They're just all in your head"
So much time to spend with you
So much left unsaid
But I just wanted you to know
that I fell when I first saw you

Angels cannot carry the love I give to thee
Angels cannot carry the love you give to me
Angels cannot carry the love I give to me

Angels cannot carry the love I give to thee
Angels cannot carry the love you give to me
Angels cannot carry the love I give to me

Angels cannot carry the love I give to thee
Angels cannot carry the love you give to me
Angels cannot carry the love I give to me

Angels cannot carry the love I give to thee
Angels cannot carry the love you give to me
Angels cannot carry the love I give to me

Personnel[]

  • Tom Noir – vocals, guitar and acoustic guitar (on original version), bass, drums (on original version), keyboards, piano, writing, engineering, mixing, mastering, production
  • Doug Lane – guitar and acoustic guitar (on remaster version)
  • Tyler Fleming – drums (on remaster version)
October Noir songs
The Haunting and the Powerful
  1. "The Haunting"
  2. "Volatile"
  3. "Trinity"
  4. "Alpha Omega"
  5. "Exhume"
  6. "Silicon"
  7. "Deep Woods"
  8. "Vertebra Seraphim"
  9. "Feel Heart Love"
  10. "Beautifool"
Thirteen
Fate, Wine, & Wisteria Non-album singles
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