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Silliest Muse Lyrics?

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Now don't get me wrong. Matt Bellamy is an amazing songwriter, singer, guitarist and pianist. His lyrics, though, are hit and miss. There are some really great ones, of course, but then there are other that just come off as incredibly silly, whether they're stretch rhymes, confused metaphors, or otherwise. And we're here to talk about them today, so feel free to post your best worst Muse lyrics!

 

Here are some of my favorites.

 

"I have played in every toilet / but you still want to spoil it"

~from Muscle Museum, Muscle Museum EP (1998)

 

"You do it to me sweetly, to my yeah-yeah"

~from Agitated, Uno single (1999)

 

"It’s happening soon / It’s happening soon / It’s scent has been blowing in my direct-shoon"

~from Fillip, Showbiz (1999)

 

"Stretch it like a birth squeeze"

~from New Born, Origin of Symmetry (2001)

 

"Brainwashing our children to be mean"

~from Supremacy, The 2nd Law (2012)

 

"Your aaaaaaaaassssss belongs to me now"

~from Psycho, Drones (2015)

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You've got strength, you've got soul

You've felt pain, you've felt love

You can grow (you can grow!)

You can grow (you can grow!)

You can make this world what you want

You can revoooooolt

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You've got strength, you've got soul

You've felt pain, you've felt love

You can grow (you can grow!)

You can grow (you can grow!)

You can make this world what you want

You can revoooooolt

 

The weirdest part about those lyrics is that, while not necessarily the worst lyrics, the tempo/style change from the verses/solo to the chorus is particularly jarring. Someone once said it sounded like the theme song to a Disney teen show.

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"Brainwashing our children to be mean" and "And we'll pray that there's no God To punish us and make a fuss" are the worst offenders imo. Otherwise good lyrics that are ruined by one world which makes it feel really childish.

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I have played in every toilet / but you still want to spoil it"

~from Muscle Museum, Muscle Museum EP (1998)

 

I'll defend that one. "The toilet scene" in the UK is the slog of playing tiny gigs; the theory is that the venue's so small the band have to get changed in the toilets. If you don't know the phrase it probably sounds a bit odd (a bit!) but it makes perfect sense in the context of the song.

 

The "make a fuss" line in Fury infuriates me and ruins a cracking song.

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Maybe not the silliest ever in my agenda, but still...

 

"I will light the fuse / And I'll never lose" (Survival).

 

That straight rhyme gets me every time (oh, gosh... Now I've made one, too). :chuckle:

 

Yeah, though to be fair, I think that goes along well with the cheesy nature of the Olympics hype.

 

"Brainwashing our children to be mean" and "And we'll pray that there's no God To punish us and make a fuss" are the worst offenders imo. Otherwise good lyrics that are ruined by one world which makes it feel really childish.

 

Wow, I didn't think that I'd actually see someone disliking Fury! :eek: I figured most fans like that song. But yeah, I agree on both of those. The Supremacy one was on my list too.

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I'll defend that one. "The toilet scene" in the UK is the slog of playing tiny gigs; the theory is that the venue's so small the band have to get changed in the toilets. If you don't know the phrase it probably sounds a bit odd (a bit!) but it makes perfect sense in the context of the song.

 

Interesting! I figured that's what Matt meant by the phrase, but I didn't know that it was a legit expression in the UK. Thanks for the info! :)

 

The "make a fuss" line in Fury infuriates me and ruins a cracking song.

 

You're the second person who has brought that up. Maybe it's just because I was rocking out so hard during that song that I missed that line. Now that you mention it, I think that there were probably better rhymes for that part.

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You're the second person who has brought that up. Maybe it's just because I was rocking out so hard during that song that I missed that line. Now that you mention it, I think that there were probably better rhymes for that part.

 

I initially thought it was "punish us and forgive us" and Matt was mangling words as only he can, and my lyrics would make more sense with the god imagery. I was dead disappointed with the actual lyrics.

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Yeah, though to be fair, I think that goes along well with the cheesy nature of the Olympics hype.

 

 

 

Wow, I didn't think that I'd actually see someone disliking Fury! :eek: I figured most fans like that song. But yeah, I agree on both of those. The Supremacy one was on my list too.

I don't dislike Fury, well it's kinda dull but I was just complaining about that one word this time.

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I initially thought it was "punish us and forgive us" and Matt was mangling words as only he can, and my lyrics would make more sense with the god imagery. I was dead disappointed with the actual lyrics.

 

Now that you mention it, I just thought of another great one from the same album:

 

"Now that you know I'm trapped / Since ovulation"

~from Time Is Running Out

 

I've heard people say different thing about this line. I know that the lyric sheet actually says "sense of elation," but the original version released said "since ovulation." Not sure if that was a misprint or a last minute change.

 

I don't dislike Fury, well it's kinda dull but I was just complaining about that one word this time.

 

Understandable.

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The one about clouds of gas in Big Freeze.

 

Now that you mention it, that is pretty silly. :LOL: Wonder if Muse realized that after they wrote it, and that's why it's never been played live,

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Matt just can't hit a lot of the notes, likely.

 

He's never been embarrassed by stuff like "birth squeeze" and I imagine he probably enjoys a good fart joke.

I mean, this is the guy who draws penises in guest books...

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Matt just can't hit a lot of the notes, likely.

 

He's never been embarrassed by stuff like "birth squeeze" and I imagine he probably enjoys a good fart joke.

I mean, this is the guy who draws penises in guest books...

 

Wait, really? He does that? Gosh, well, maybe it is just a problem with him not being able to hit the notes. I know he's had to switch to falsetto for some songs now, or have Chris sing them.

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Funny I think that Fury line is one of my favorite Muse lyrics. Genuinely surprised people don't like it.

 

Silliest line for me is "Your belly is all yellow."

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Now that you mention it, I just thought of another great one from the same album:

 

"Now that you know I'm trapped / Since ovulation"

~from Time Is Running Out

 

I've heard people say different thing about this line. I know that the lyric sheet actually says "sense of elation," but the original version released said "since ovulation." Not sure if that was a misprint or a last minute change.

 

 

 

It's definitely sense of elation not since ovulation lmao

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I've learned to look past the Fury one because of how much I adore the rest of the song but when I think about it, it does indeed make me sad.

 

Surprised no one's mentioned:

 

"She attacks me like a Leo, when my heart is split like Rio" - I love IBTY but wtaf

"I'll turn you into a superdrone"

"You've got the CIA, babe"

"Something something men in cloaks before they eat my soul"

And all of Drones

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The "babe"s scattered throughout Drones (album) annoy me.

 

"You've got the CIA, babe"

 

You remind me of the babe! Fun fact: the word "babe" appears seven times in Drones.

 

Surprised no one's mentioned:

 

"She attacks me like a Leo, when my heart is split like Rio" - I love IBTY but wtaf

 

Yeah, what was the deal with that? No wonder he's only played that song live once. :p

 

And all of Drones

 

Do you mean the album Drones or the song Drones?

 

Silliest line for me is "Your belly is all yellow."

 

Agreed. I mean, I get what he was saying in that part with the colors, but the delivery is still silly.

 

 

...Wow. I now have a newfound respect for Matt. :D

 

It's definitely sense of elation not since ovulation lmao

 

Again, I think that stemmed from a misprint in the original lyric sheet for Absolution.

 

The only one that really bothers me is the birth squeeze bit.

 

Silly lyric in an otherwise great song.

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Yeah, what was the deal with that? No wonder he's only played that song live once. :p

 

setlist.fm says they played it 5 times, actually. I think it's actually a shame they haven't played it more, it would be more enjoyable than Feeling Good IMO.

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setlist.fm says they played it 5 times, actually. I think it's actually a shame they haven't played it more, it would be more enjoyable than Feeling Good IMO.

 

Huh, really? Funny, I could have sworn it was only once. It's weird, too, because I distinctly remember different versions where Matt was playing piano and other versions where he was on guitar.

 

Agreed that it would be more enjoyable than Feeling Good, though. That song has basically become tired at this point.

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