Feeling Good (song)

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Muse song
Name Feeling Good
Length 3:19
Alternative titles -
First live performance 28th September 1999
Latest live performance 14th June 2016
Recorded Real World Studio Wiltshire, 2001
Writer/composer Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Producer John Leckie
Chart position 24



The most popular Muse cover, and covered because of Matt's ex-girlfriend's liking of the song.[1][2] Originally believed to be released as a b-side, the band stated in mid-2000 it was going to be placed on an EP. It instead made the album, surprising many at the time, and wound up being released as a single. The song was used by Nescafé for their advertisement but without the band's permission. The band denied them the use of the song because they didn't believe in having their music used to advertise supermarket products. Nescafé withdrew that version for a different version. Muse were subsequently paid £500,000 of settlement money, which they donated to Oxfam.[1]

In an interview with Rocksound Magazine, Bellamy stated that "our interpretation is quite different from the original, but nowhere near as good. I chose it because it’s got brilliant lyrics, and it fits in with some of the other songs on the album. It’s about becoming you – getting rid of your past and thinking about leading a new life. I just want people to know that underlying what I do is something positive, and that I’m not here to kill myself or to destroy the situation we live in.”[3]

In Taratata part 2, the host tells Matt that he has heard that Matt's mother likes the song. Bellamy replies with "loves the song."

"Feeling Good" was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd", though was made famous when performed by the legendary jazz artist Nina Simone.

Matthew Bellamy definition of Feeling Good

Matt said that the song for him it's about "Looking to the future with hope"[4] he also said in another interview: "The music is very dark and moody but as plain text the lyrics are just a cheesy, happy poem, just so amazingly positive, and It can make you feel like there's really something worth fighting for. It is depressing but it’s almost like humanity singing about how good things could be"[5]


Feeling Good is written in the key of G minor. It moves in 12/8 time at a slow tempo of 72 bpm.

Bellamy's vocal range spans from F3 to F5. The song contains his highest note in the modal register, B♭4, which is shared with Unnatural Selection, Futurism, Madness, Survival and Big Freeze.

Additional information

This cover was commonly played live between 2000 and 2003, but wasn't played between Laugardalshöll 2003 and Southside Festival 2006. It was once again played regularly live from 2006 onwards.

This song was played on Spanish TVE:Radio3 as a live recording, in which, after the second verse, Matt Bellamy started swearing in time with the music for two lines; they were told not to swear which angered Muse as they never swore in their music until then, so they swore extensively. The video for this can be found here. Muse have been banned from Radio 3 ever since. During the performance, he sang "Fucking, fucking, fucking, fucking hell! Fucking, fucking little, fucking, fucking fuckers, yeah!".

In live performances, Matt sings the third verse through a megaphone.

This song was used during the credits of an episode of the mini series Luther.

A live version of Feeling Good was released online as the only single from H.A.A.R.P. in 2008, as the track was not included on the H.A.A.R.P. CD itself.

Alternative versions

A radio edit of "Feeling Good" with clean vocals on the third verse and can be found on the second UK "Hyper Music/Feeling Good" promo CD (catalogue number 'MUSE 19'). An isolation of the drum, bass and keyboard feeds from the H.A.A.R.P. show features in the audio setup section of the H.A.A.R.P. DVD. It was first played live as a guitar version in the BBC session in 1999 (also known as "different take session").


This cover of the Anthony Newely & Leslie Bricusse song, made famous by Nina Simone, was commonly played live between 2000 and 2003, but wasn't played between Laugardalshöll 2003 and Southside Festival 2006 with the exception of one 2004 gig in Tokyo. It was once again played regularly live from 2006 until 2010. The song was played only 3 times in 2011 and not at all in 2012. The song saw a resurgence during the last part of The 2nd Law Tour. It was not included in any setlists for the Psycho UK tour but did reappear for the Asian leg of the Drones World Tour with a few sporadic gigs during 2015 and 2016. Feeling Good has yet to be played for 2017 and considering the lack of piano songs in recent setlists, it's unlikely the song will return anytime soon.

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Birds flying high you know how I feel

Sun in the sky you know how I feel Reeds drifting on by you know how I feel It's a new dawn it's a new day it's a new life for me And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel River running free you know how I feel Blossom in the trees you know how I feel It's a new dawn it's a new day it's a new life for me And I'm feeling good

Dragonflies out in the sun You know what I mean, don't you know Butterflies are all having fun You know what I mean Sleep in peace When the day is done And this old world is a new world and a bold world for me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel Scent of the pine you know how I feel Yeah freedom is mine And you know how I feel It's a new dawn it's a new day it's a new life for me

Butterflies, ooh Oh, ooh ...

Ooooh... Freer than you... Ooooh...

Feeling good


  1. a b Muse: The Making of Origin of Symmetry (2007-10-07). Xfm. Retrieved from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  2. John Kennedy for Radio X. (2018). John Kennedy - Radio X in conversation with Muse. Retrieved 2018-07-12 from Youtube.
  3. Rock Sound Spain 31/07/01
  4. Kerrang!October 2001: Muse Shoot Two Videos
  5. Rock Sound - 2001

See also

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