Song of the Day: New Born by Muse

New Born” is a song by the English alternative rock band Muse from their second studio album Origin of Symmetry, released in 2001. It was featured as a single that same year and proved to be a commercial success, peaking at number 12 on the UK singles chart. The song was also featured on the Hullabaloo Live DVD.

Lyrics:

Link it to the world, link it to yourself
Stretch it like a birth squeeze
The love for what you hide, the bitterness inside
Is growing like the new born

When you’ve seen, seen
Too much, too young, young
Soulless is everywhere

Hopeless time to roam
The distance to your home fades away to nowhere
How much are you worth? You can’t come down to earth
You’re swelling up, you’re unstoppable

‘Cause you’ve seen, seen
Too much, too young, young
Soulless is everywhere

Destroy the spineless, show me it’s real
Wasting our last chance to come away
Just break the silence
‘Cause I’m drifting away, away from you

Yeah, link it to the world, link it to yourself
Stretch it like it’s a birth squeeze
And the love for what you hide and the bitterness inside
Is growing like the new born

When you’ve seen, seen
Too much, too young, young
Soulless is everywhere

Destroy the spineless, show me it’s real
Wasting their last chance to come away
Just break the silence
‘Cause I’m drifting away, away from you

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New Born is written in the key of E minor. The song starts out at a relatively fast tempo of 147 bpm, and then increases pace during each verse. The melodic introduction features some modern minimalist style piano work. The song is also recognizable for its distinct guitar riff, which is based on acircle of fifths progression.

Regarding the meaning of the song, Matthew Bellamy has said:

“A feeling of not being connected to each other, but we are, and it’s a feeling of the mind evolving from the body, but when that happens you just get this yearn to do something physical and feel something sensational, physical-ness-ness”.

“It’s about a semi-fear of the evolution of technology, and how in reality it’s destroying all humanity. My fear is that we can’t control it because it’s moving faster than we are, so the songs setting myself in a location in the future where the body is no longer important and everyone’s plugged into a network. The opening line is ‘link it to the world’, so it’s connecting yourself on a worldwide scale and being born into another reality, in a way it’s on the same lines as the film The Matrix, but we weren’t intending on copying their idea on technology and how it has evolved.”

Chris Wolstenholme also said: “New Born, I think between the three of us is probably one of our favourite tracks off Origin of Symmetry. It is a good live track. I think it’s one of the songs which showcases the experimental side of the band. It is not really a conventional pop song. I think a lot of the reason for choosing these songs is that we went for the heavier more direct kind of songs rather than going for anything too mellow”.

New Born first started out as a guitar-based piece played in soundcheck during the Showbiz tour back in 1999, and the piano intro was written afterwards. During the recording of the album in the David Bottrill sessions, the band experimented with using Bellamy’s voice for the arpeggiosinstead of the piano, but decided that this was too “abstract” and removed it during post-recording.

New Born was featured as the lead song of the 2003 French horror film Haute tension. A remixed version of the song can also be heard on the soundtrack for the 2001 thriller Swordfish.

Muse

Origin Teignmouth, Devon, England
Genres Alternative rock, new prog, space rock, symphonic rock, progressive metal
Years active 1994–present
Labels Warner Bros., Helium 3, Taste,Mushroom, Dangerous
Website www.muse.mu
Members Matthew Bellamy
Christopher Wolstenholme
Dominic Howard

image by mavinga

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