Something Human (song)

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Muse song
Name Something Human
Album/single
Length 3:46
Alternative titles
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance Unknown
Recorded 2017
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse
Chart position Unknown

Description

"Something Human" is the title of Muse's latest single which was released July 19th, 2018. Bellamy said that the track is "intimate" and marks departure from the “dark, moody” Drones album.[1] The single's also going to be part of the new album.[2]

Matt wrote the song between 'June 3rd-25th 2016.' at distance of '9876.5 Miles' and '528 hours' from home according to Bellamy himself.[3]

Song Meaning

Matt said: “Life on the road can bring out your inner beast, this song and video is about taming that beast, desiring a return to something human".[4]

Matt has also mentioned to Billboard: 'The song comes from when you do get a bit burnt out from being on the road for too long [...] “Something Human” came out, which is a more tender, down-to-earth, simplistic song about what it feels like to be burned out and wanting to get home to a more normal life after being on the road for a couple years.' [5]

The song was written right after the Drones world tour finished, which becomes apparent in the lyrics. The song appears to talk about going home and seeing the loved ones again, after a long time being separated far away.

Additional information

At the premiere of the Drones World Tour Movie, after the movie, at the post-credits scene, a teaser was played. The teaser was uploaded onto Muse's YouTube channel 5 days later, and can be viewed by clicking on this link

In the teaser, the population number on the traffic sign appears as '213,340,5057'. If you phone this number a bot is going to give you the lyrics for Something Human.

Chris said that when they've first recorded the song, the idea was for it to be completely organic, acoustic and folky with no synths, but as the song developed in the studio, they've added synth elements, leading up to the song sounding half folk, half acoustic but at the same time also pretty electronic. He also mentioned that it showcases a different side to Matt's songwriting, saying that it's different than any newer stuff that they've written for the previous albums.[6]

Instrumentation

Something Human is one of the first songs after a long time Matt has written on acoustic guitar. Drum-wise, apart from the constant kick beat, it mainly features lots of percussion elements including handclaps, tribal drums and toms. It also features an acoustic guitar and clean bass. The band have also added in some synth elements, including a vocoder track, and a synthy theremin solo, making the stripped-down folky song sound quite futuristic.

Music Video

Click here for the music video page.

Lyrics

My circuits have blown

I know its self imposed And all I have shared And all I have loved Is all I have known But something has changed I feel so alive My life just blew up I'll give it all up I'll depressurize

10000 miles left on the road 500 hours until I'm home I need something human, human

Lets face all our fears Come out of the shade Lets burn all the money Absolve all the lies And wake up unscathed The big picture is gone Replaced with visions of you Now life can begin I've cleansed all my sins I'm about to break through

5000 hours left on the road 200 hours until I'm home I need something human, human And I need the touch And something human

Less than a mile left on the road I'll be crawling though your door I need something human, human And I need your love And something human, human.

References

  1. https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/drones-world-tour-film-to-feature-neverbeforeseen-ar-says-muses-matt-bellamy-37080355.html
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLakOVHA_cQ
  3. Matthew Bellamy. (2018-07-23). Twitter / Matt Bellamy: @mitchellwoll 'Close enough'. Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-23 from twitter.com.
  4. Samantha Maine. (2018). Muse have shared a futuristic, Teen Wolf inspired video for ‘Something Human’. Retrieved 2018-07-23 from Billboard.
  5. Bobby Olivier. (2018). Muse's Matt Bellamy Talks New Single 'Something Human' & 'Simulation' Themes on Upcoming Album. Retrieved 2018-07-23 from Billboard.
  6. FM Rock & Pop. (2018). Entrevista con Muse Rock & Pop. Retrieved 2018-07-29 from YouTube.