Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) (song)
|Name||Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)|
|First live performance||25th May 2010 (full), 22nd November 2003 (outro)|
|Latest live performance||6th September 2013|
"Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" is a non-album song recorded in 2010 for the The Twilight Saga Eclipse Original Soundtrack. It was written without intent to include it on the soundtrack but was appropriate for it, so it was contributed. The song was previewed by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One on 7:30pm BST on the release date, immediately after which it was available as a download single.
The song is not well regarded by many fans. On several online polls it has ranked among the worst of Muse's discography.
The song was played nine times in 2010 before the band dropped the song. It was among the least played songs on the tour even with its single arriving during the tour.
Alongside many older tracks, Neutron Star Collision was revived during 2013. Ultimately the band must have had second thoughts, however, as it was only played at one gig.
The song was recorded in April 2010 in California, after the Coachella festival, having been written after the release of The Resistance, at the beginning of the eponymous tour.
Stephenie Meyer's website announced the single on 6th May 2010:
- "The first single on "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" has just been confirmed and I get to bring you the exclusive details. Stephenie's very favourite band, Muse, have contributed a song called "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" and it's the first single from the project. [...]"
Right after the song was debuted on Zane Lowe's show, Matt was interviewed on how this song materialised. Matt explained:
- "Well actually the song was written, well I don't wanna bring anyone down, when I broke up with girlfriend about 8 months ago or something, and I pretty much wrote that song immediately after that. It was like that song was reflecting on that moment when you first get with someone and everything feels like it's going to go on forever and it's bit of like uh, bit of like a true love sentiment I suppose but for me when I wrote that song, it was quite heavy because it was like a memory of what it used to be like you know? Like when you used to think that way but now obviously it's the complete opposite of that when you break up. So when I'm singing that song, I'm kind of coming from that perspective really. So that song was floating around since about 8 months ago and that song was what I thought would probably be on another album in the future, but it's gonna be a long time until we get to do that, and then obviously these Eclipse, the Twilight people contacted us and um, were very keen to get a song for the film and I just thought 'why not?' you know? Might as well just bug it out there and get it out there because probably the song is representing a difficult period of my life and by the time we get to the next album it might not be relevant anymore because my life might be changed or moved on or something."
Since of late, this song has not been present in setlist, possibly due to said relevant changes.
When played live, Matt sings
And lie, I said never
In place of
And lie, I will never
during the final chorus.
The piano outro is also omitted, apart from as medley during the 2010 U.S Spring Resistance Tour.
I was searching You were on a mission Then our hearts combined like A neutron star collision
I had nothing left to lose You took your time to choose Then we told each other With no trace of fear that...
Our love would be forever And if we die We die together And lie, I said never 'Cause our love would be forever
The world is broken Halos fail to glisten You tried to make a difference But no one wants to listen
Hail, The preachers, fake and proud Their doctrines will becloud Then they'll dissipate Like snowflakes in an ocean
Love is forever And we'll die, we'll die together And lie, I say never 'Cause our love could be forever
Now I've got nothing left to lose You take your time to choose I can tell you now without a trace of fear
That my love will be forever and we'll die we'll die together And Lie, I will never 'Cause our love will be forever