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What would a Muse-inspired trip around the universe reveal to us about the nature of romantic love? Here we go -- 2011: A Space Odyssey: http://divadamrau.blogspot.com/2011/07/2011-space-odyssey.html Enjoy the ride!!
Note from Gem: I've merged the majority of Supermassive Blackhole threads as people seem to have one off questions and there was so many threads! So I thought I'd just make you one huge one x Most ppl are dismissing this song as a poppy song with poor lyrics but i think we should all step back and give the lyrics a deeper analysis. I believe that these lyrics clearly point towards Matt's love of S&M. First Verse: "oooh baby dont you know i suffer? oooh baby can you hear me moan? you caught me under false pretenses how long before you let me go?" Self Explanatory: Suffering and Moaning!! and he is clearly tied up/handcuffed. "you set my soul alight" refers to the burning of his chest with candle-wax. The chest is where many believe their soul is. 1"glaciers melting in the dead of night 2 and the superstars sucked into the Supermassive" We'll deal with this one line at a time... 1: this is a reference to the black-leather wearing clad dominatrix (supermassive black hole/whore) melting ice cubes onto Matt's sensitive nipples. Note the hyperbole - calling the ice cubes glaciers due to their seemingly large size when compared to his small nipples. This also indicates how painfull the experience was for him. 2: Matt is clearly the Superstar in this line, an innocent abroad who has been sucked into the dark and seedy world of S&M. SuperMassive. "i thought i was a fool for no-one ooh baby im a fool for you you're the queen of the superficial and how long before you tell the truth" This is an allusion to the power differential in their relationship - she is the queen(powerfull dominatrix) and he is the fool. Reference to the superficial supports my theory to the deeper meaning to the song. Matt wonders how long before she sells her story to the tabloids. SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE This lyric seems to have two meanings: 1 Matt here is borrowing a technique used by Kurt Cobain where he pronounces words in such a way as to create an ambiguity in the mind of the listener.. e.g. In the song Lithium Kurt sings "i love you im not gonna cry/crack. In this song Matt's lyrics may say "hole"(see explanation of meaning below) but the pronunciation is also meant to sound like whore i.e. the dominatrix. Supermassive is again a reference to how powerful she is relative to him, to her he is merely a fool to be toyed with as she pleases. 2 This line also reiterates the point mentioned earlier: he has been sucked into the dark and seedy world of S&M (SuperMassive), which is like a black hole from which he can see no escape. Galaxies away if you will from his normal sexual activities(see previous post http://www.invictus.softmeg.com/forums.php?m=posts&p=16046#16046). You will also note that this song contains a lot more repitition than earlier muse songs. The constant moaning (oooooooh aaah) is merely the cry of a tortured superstar. The recurring glacier and soul alight motifs have been explained already. I hope you agree with me and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the meaning of the song
What do you think Muse's most underrated songs are? I think Screenager is a huge contender cos if you listen to it without listening to the rest of OOS before it, its great!! Map of your head is a great song, too good to be a B side and Ruled By Secrecy is great if you're in the right mood.