Uno (song)

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Muse song
Name Uno
Album/single
Length 3:38, 3:01 (radio edit), 2:53 (2nd radio edit)
Alternative titles -
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance 11th November 2003
Recorded 1999
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie
Chart position 73

Description

First single by Muse, the title means "one" in Spanish. The song deals with throwing away your future or potential. Part of Chris's bass part is identical to a part of a Patti Page song "conquest".

Information

Muse's first single.

Originally featured on the Muscle Museum EP.

An alternate version featuring an acoustic guitar is available on the 7" single.

During recording this song for Showbiz an amp blew up. The same happened during the recording of Escape. This was revealed on the Gonzo interview in 2003.

Live

A live favourite, the song was the stable opener during 1999-2000 gigs. There are no known performances prior to February 1999 although it is entirely possible that the song was played before this. Based on current estimates, the song was likely premiered sometime in 1998. Nearly all known performances from 1999 include this song, likely as it was the band's first single. Starting with November 1999 was commonly introduced with a "Whammy Jam" during this time period when played as an opener. This was used until at least March 2000.

After 1999, the bass outro was commonly played by Bellamy instead of the usual guitar outro. This would be common until 2002. For the first half of 2001 the song was usually on rotation in the first three songs played, alongside New Born and Micro Cuts. During at least one gig (La Cigale) the song was introduced as "You Could Have Been Number One". After Origin of Symmetry was released it was rarely played, although it would still make the occasional appearance. The following year it was only played during the first few months and just once in 2003.

Throughout The Resistance Tour's "choose the setlist" gimmick, Uno would commonly be selected as one of the songs fans wanted to hear. Despite this, it was never played, like many songs that topped the polls.

Interpretation

Uno could be about the same person as Hyper Music and Hate This & I'll Love You; Someone who was associated with the band before they made it, whom Bellamy had reason to dislike. (On a similar theme Sunburn seems to be about a girl who was associated with them, who in contrast Bellamy regrets having to leave behind, because he sees her as a star).

Lyrics

This means nothing to me

'cause you are nothing to me And it means nothing to me That you blew this away

'cause you could've been number one If you only found the time And you could've ruled the whole world If you had the chance

You could've been number one And you could've ruled the whole world And we could've had so much fun But you blew it away

You're still nothing to me And this is nothing to me And you don't know what you've done But I'll give you a clue

You could've been number one If you only had the chance And you could've ruled the whole world If you had the time

You could've been number one And you could've ruled the whole world And we could've had so much fun But you blew it away

You could've been number one And you could've ruled the whole world And we could've had so much fun But you blew it away

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