Dead Inside (song)

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Muse song
Name Dead Inside
Album/single Drones (1), Dead Inside/Psycho CD (1)
Length 4:23
Alternative titles Happy Love[1]
First live performance 23rd March 2015
Latest live performance 16th December 2017
Recorded 2014/2015 - The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, Canada
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse, Robert "Mutt" Lange
Chart position 71



This is their first official single from their new album, 'Drones', which was unveiled March 23rd, 2015 on xFM (with Chris) and on BBC Radio 1 and Triple J Radio (with Matt).

Matt on Dead Inside: “This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes 'Dead Inside', therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in 'Psycho' and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story."[2]

According to Matt, the song 'Dead Inside' its also about: "Losing hope and losing the idea of love".[3]

The song sounds like its heavily influenced by 80s artists like Depeche Mode and Prince. It very much resembles Prince's song Sign o' the Times, since the tempoes of the songs are similar, and the key of both songs is the same.


The song's fairly simple, and it features drums, bass, and lightly distorted guitar with minor synth parts.


Falsetto returns as an important feature, mostly throughout the first half of the song. Both Verse and Chorus constantly demand G4s. During the Chorus, Bellamy reaches a G#4, and subsequently, a long and epic Bb4, resembling those heard on Big Freeze's Chorus. Again, many G4s can be heard during the Coda.


Dead Inside, as the album's lead single, was played very often during 2015 and all but one concert in 2016. The only non-promotional date that the song was skipped at in 2015 was the Ancienne Belgique gig, while Dead Inside was not performed at Montreux Jazz Festival 2016. For 2017, Dead Inside was performed considerably fewer than before, skipping most of the first few dates before finally returning to common setlist position in mid-June 2017. It has been on rotation with Undisclosed Desires though Dead Inside has been performed far more often than it.

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Dead Inside!

[Robot Voice] (Dead Inside)

[Verse] Revere A million prayers And draw me into your holiness

But there's nothing there Light only shines from those who share Unleash a million drones And confine me then erase me babe

Do you have no soul? It's like it died long ago

[Chorus] Your lips feel warm to the touch You can bring me back to life

On the outside, you're ablaze and alive But you're dead inside


[Verse] You're free to touch the sky Whilst I am crushed and pulverised Because you need control now I'm the one who's letting go

You like to give an inch Whilst I am giving infinity

But now I've got nothing left You have no cares and I'm bereft

[Chorus] Your skin feels warm to caress I see magic in your eyes

On the outside, you're ablaze and alive But you're dead inside

[Robot Voice] (Dead Inside)


[Chorus 2] Feel me now, hold me please I need you to see who I am Open up to me Stop hiding from me It's hurting babe only you can stop the pain

Don't leave me out in the cold Don't leave me out to die I gave you everything I can't give you anymore Now I've become just like you

My lips feel warm to the touch My words seem so alive My skin is warm to caress I'll control and hypnotise

You've taught me to lie without a trace And to kill with no remorse On the outside I'm the greatest guy

Now I'm Dead Inside!

[Robot Voice] (Dead Inside)


  1. Muse - Grimmy BBC Radio 1 (2015-04-21). Youtube. Retrieved 2015-04-21 from
  2. Muse. (2015-03-23). Muse - Dead Inside. Retrieved 2015-03-23 from
  3. Matt Bellamy. (2015-03-23). Triple J - Matt Bellamy, Muse: 'Dead Inside' is about "losing the idea of love". Retrieved 2015-03-23 from Soundcloud.

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