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"The Suffering"
Single by Coheed and Cambria
from the album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Released 2005
Format CD
Recorded 2005
Genre Emo/Pop punk
Length 3:43
Label Columbia, Equal Vision
Producer Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittner, Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria singles chronology
"Blood Red Summer"
"'The Suffering'"
"Welcome Home"

"The Suffering" is the first single and 9th track from Coheed and Cambria's third studio album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. A video, directed by Artificial Army, has been released and is on regular rotation on MTV2 and FUSE, and irregular rotation on MTV. Unusually, the radio edit is longer than the album version, as the song's "Now listen well.... will you marry me?" coda is inserted into the song after the first verse.


Single track listings


CD Promo

  1. "The Suffering" (Album Version) - 3:43
  2. "The Suffering" (Radio Version) - 4:13


  1. "The Suffering" (Album Version) - 3:43
  2. "Blood Red Summer" (Live at the Avalon)


  1. "The Suffering" (Album Version) - 3:43
  2. "The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut" (Live in Atlanta)
  3. "The Suffering" (music video)


  1. The Suffering (Radio Version) - 4:13
  2. Welcome Home (Live in Atlanta)

Music video

The video features a fictional storyline, in which a centaur sees visions (in what appears to be a haze, not unlike a crystal ball) of a mermaid in danger. The centaur goes out to rescue the mermaid and eventually finds her in the grasp of a giant squid. The centaur slays the squid, and they seem to live happily ever after. However they do not as the mermaid lives in the sea and the Centaur lives on land and the two can not be together. This parallels the Writer and his girlfriend Erica Court not living happily ever after. These scenes are interspersed with scenes of the band playing in a large, red cave.


  • Sarah Kathryn Jacobs (backingvocals)
  • Danny Louis (keyboards)
  • Michael Birnbaum (producer)
  • Chris Bittner (producer)

Recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York for Ill-Air Productions

Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Grundman Mastering


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