Take a Bow (song)

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Muse song
Name Take a Bow
Length 4:35
Alternative titles
  • Hex »
  • Piano Interlude [1]
First live performance 11th October 2003 (instrumental)
28th June 2006 (full)
Latest live performance 3rd October 2019
Recorded Studio Miraval - 2005/2006
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey



Take a Bow calls on world leaders to take responsibility for their actions. Muse move through three musical stages: starting off as a classical piece before moving into a techno mid-section and a heavy "apocalyptic rock" ending. Initially described "a looping epic which morphs into a gothic fairytale".[2]

Matt said that: "The first song "Take A Bow", is about the feeling of the little man who lost control of anything and now wants to take revenge on authority". [3] "You can hear the people who are at the bottom of the pyramid, who haven’t got any power, and they have this feeling of powerlessness, a feel I have quite often, about some of these events – this sense of, “What can I do about this?” It seems like no one is listening. A million people protest, and nothing really happens[4]

Additional information

Initially called "Hex", "Take a Bow" was originally going to be at the end of the album.[5] Two months later, Chris indicated it could become the opening track.[6] Put first on the album because it ends in the key of B which is the key of the second track. .

Wolstenholme: We wrote it at the end of the Absolution sessions, and it sounds similar [to Absolution tracks]. It has evolved a lot since then, but it’s principle remains the same: a change of periodic agreements which are at the brink of exploding. Its structure is mathematical, the main idea being a formula with neither chorus nor verse. Dom’s never played like that, with very jazzy rhythms, slow ones, followed by more chaotic bits integrated into the whole.[6]

Based on this account, we can assume the song was written sometime around 2003. It was was often played as a piano interlude between Citizen Erased and Space Dementia on the Absolution tour throughout 2003 and 2004, as well as an intro to Feeling Good on The Resistance Tour. Take a Bow, as well as Soldier's Poem, are the earliest Black Holes and Revelations songs to be written from what is known about today.


Take a Bow is written in 3/4 time and moves at a tempo of 130 bpm. Bellamy's vocal range in the song spans from C3 to G4 in the modal register, and up to F♯5 in falsetto; one of the wider vocal ranges in a Muse song.

The chord structure moves in fourths upwards, by using the augmented fifth in between to move.[7]

The key of the song changes a total of 13 times, each time moving to the nearest key in the circle of fifths. It begins in D major before following the circle counter-clockwise to E♭. After the lyric "Our freedom's consuming itself," the song goes clockwise back to F. After the techno mid-section, the song again begins moving counter-clockwise around the circle, changing key 6 times before finishing in B.

Take A Bow (Four Hands Piano)

Matthew Bellamy Song
Name Take A Bow (Four Hands Piano)
Album/single Cryosleep
Length -
Alternative titles -
First live performance -
Latest live performance -
Recorded 2021
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Aleks Von Korff, Matthew Bellamy

An upcoming rendition of the song, presumably recorded as if two people are playing it on a piano. The release of this version of the song was announced by Bellamy on April 7th, 2021. It is going to be part of Bellamy's own limited-edition picture disc release, titled "Cryosleep", alongside Pray with Game of Thrones' vocals removed and Guiding Light played on Jeff Buckley's Telecaster. It's going to be released as part of the 2021 Record Store Day on July 16th. [8]

The short EP will be released on a 12" disc combined with a music booklet.


See here



You corrupt And bring corruption to all that you touch

Hold You'll behold And beholden for all that you've done

Spell Cast a spell Cast a spell on the country you run

And risk You will risk You will risk all their lives and their souls

And burn You will burn You will burn in hell Yeah, you'll burn in hell You'll burn in hell You'll burn in hell for your sins

Oh, our freedom's consuming itself What we've become Is contrary to what we want Take a bow

Death You bring death And destruction to all that you touch

Pay You must pay You must pay for your crimes against the earth

Hex Feed the hex Feed the hex on the country you love

And beg You will beg You will beg for their lives and their souls

Yeah, and burn You will burn You will burn in hell Yeah, you'll burn in hell You'll burn in hell Yeah, you'll burn in hell You'll burn in hell Yeah you'll burn in hell for your sins


  1. Setlist - Berlin Columbiahalle 2003
  2. New songs review (2006-03-15). NME magazine. [verify]
  3. INTRO Magazin. (2007). INTRO Magazine online article. Retrieved 2015-01-16 from INTRO.
  4. Marcus Kagler. (2006-07-20). Muse. Under the Radar. Retrieved 2006-07-21. [verify]
  5. (Matt Bellamy via) Tom Kirk. (2006-02-23). Message from the band on album progress!. Retrieved from board.muse.com.
  6. a b Discussion in London (2006-05). Rock Mag. Retrieved 2007-05-09. [verify]
  7. Take a Bow tablature. Faber Music Ltd. [verify]
  8. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNX1bzJDChw/

See also

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