Escape (song)

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Muse song
Name Escape
Album/single
Length 3:19 (Muse EP), 3:31 (Showbiz)
Alternative titles You're Meaningless, Escape Your Meaningless
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance 14th October 2000
Recorded Unknown
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie, Paul Reeve (Muse EP version)

Description

The song starts off mellow, then explodes, and becomes quite heavy.

Information

The Showbiz version is substantially different to the version on the Muse EP. The song retains its original title of "Escape Your Meaningless", still under copyright to Warner/Chappell and Matt to the present, on CD-R promos of the Muse EP.

In November 2008 one of the thirty fan created and selected questions was "Tell us a song that you really love, but you think is underrated by the fans." Chris responded: "I really liked Escape from the first album. It's not a track that we ever really played much live and not a track that I've ever heard anyone say it was their favourite. Shame."[1]

Matt blew up an amp during the recording of this song. It was an "old Burman combo". This was revealed on the Gonzo interview in 2003.

Interpretation

  1. About a man who is questioning himself about his actions to his loved one which may caused her to leave him and bring depression to the man. In the end, he now believes his life is meaningless and insignificant and there's no one that can change his view on it. He then now chooses to Escape his life by killing himself.
  2. Possibly a song about the divorce of Bellamy's parents. The line "Why can't you just love her?" could be Bellamy begging his dad to stay with his mum. "But I'll still take all the blame" could be a reference to how children feel it is their fault when their parents get divorced.

Live

Although it was played in 1997 it is unknown exactly how often due to a lack of known setlists between 1997 and 1998. It was not played for the first half of 1999 based off of what we currently know, only to be performed for the first time of the Showbiz tour on July 12th 1999. After September it was rarely played with the one known exception being the November 6th performance.

It then returned to the set in January 2000 where it was played at almost every gig for the first half of the month. After this it was played semi-occasionally until March 2000 when it was dropped for the remainder of the year. In October 2000 it returned briefly for just three gigs.

Lyrics

You would say anything

And you would try anything To escape your meaningless And your insignificance You're uncontrollable And we are unlovable And I don't want you to think that I care I never would, I never could again

Why can't you just love her? Why be such a monster? You bully from a distance Your brain needs some assistance But I'll still take all the blame 'Cause you and me are both one and the same And its driving me mad And its driving me mad

I'll take back all the things that I said I didn't realise I was talking to the living dead And I dont want you to think that I care I never would, I never could again

You would say anything And you would try anything To escape your meaningless And your insignificance

References

  1. News (2008-11-28). Muse website. Retrieved 2008-11-29 from board.muse.mu. [verify]


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