Soldier's Poem (song)

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Muse song
Name Soldier's Poem
Album/single
Length 2:03
Alternative titles
  • Soldiers »
  • A Soldier's Poem
First live performance 24th June 2006
Latest live performance 24th May 2011
Recorded New York Avatar/Electric Lady Studios 2005
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey

Description

A political song that has a backing that recalls granddaddy and a barbershop quartet. It has a mellow jazz sound, with a military rhythmic beat. Sweet, short song, like a Christmas song.

Additional information

It is written from the perspective of a soldier who cannot find a reason for why he is repeatedly risking his life.[1] This song was one of those dropped from Absolution, where it had a more epic and heavy style. It was reworked with a small number of jazz instruments. Used double bass, jazz guitars and old drums. The lyrics came very easily for Bellamy.

Howard: “It’s about a soldier in prison, who feels abandoned by a country that’s falling apart. We didn’t know how to play it and, finally, we made into a melodramatic jazz style. It’s big and minimal at the same time. We were surprised to see that you can play jazz and make it sound good. We’ll probably keep it, because we’ll have a whale of a time with it".

Wolstenholme: "It's one of my favourite tracks on the album".

Equipment

This is the only song on Black Holes and Revelations that was recorded with Bellamy's Fender Stratocaster.

Live

Initially, Soldier's Poem was played solely on Bellamy's 'piano'. Starting sometime during October 2006, Howard has started introducing the song as "for all the lighters and mobile phones". At Antwerp 19th December 2006 and many times afterwards, the song was played using an acoustic guitar.

Lyrics

Throw it all away
Let's lose ourselves
Cause there's no one left for us to blame
It's a shame we're all dying
And do you think you deserve your freedom

How could you send us
So far away from home
When you know damn well that this is wrong
I will still lay down my life for you

And do you think you deserve your freedom
No I don't think you do
There's no justice in the world
There's no justice in the world
And there never was

References

  1. NME: In the studio! Talking about the new album 18/03/06


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