Defector (song)

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Artwork
Muse song
Name Defector
Album/single Drones
Length 4:32
Alternative titles
First live performance 16th September 2015
Latest live performance -
Recorded 2014/2015 - The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, Canada
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse, Robert "Mutt" Lange

Information

Muse recording Defector

Defector it’s about making your own decisions by yourself.[1]

According to Matt, in this track along with Revolt, the protagonist of the story takes again control of his life and fights against the dark forces who are trying to control him.[2]

In this song the protagonist begins to feel "free" from the system and the society as a whole, and Matt uses different "colorful images" to describe the person trying to control him.[3]. The term 'Yellow belly' is an expression meaning 'coward', 'Green mind' is a slang for someone who's dirty minded or greedy and "Blue blood" is a reference to royal blood.

The song's making of video was leaked/uploaded on Vimeo on March 29th, 2015. The song is reminiscent of 80s hard rock, and has a Queen and an AC/DC feel to it.

Instrumentation

The song is played fairly heavily, but in a major key. The vocals feature very Queen-like choir moments. The guitar is distorted, as well as the bass that stands out in the verses. It features an extensive use of Whammy pedal, including a Whammy pedal solo.

Trivia

According to Matt, this song was the hardest one to record, alongside The Globalist, and took the longest amount of time. Muse recorded the song in a couple of days, but they later realised it is too fast. They dropped the tempo by 1 BPM, recorded it again, and realised it was too slow, so they had to make a compromise and record it 0.5 BPM faster.

Lyrics

Free, yeah, I'm free

From your inciting You can't brainwash me You've got a problem

Free, yeah I’m free From society. You can't control me I'm a defector.

You think you're strong And you can't be broken But you empire is dissolving.

You thought, You thought I was weak But you got it wrong Look into my eyes, I'm a defector.

Free, yeah I’m free from your inciting You can't brainwash me You've got a problem

Free, yeah I’m free From society You can't control me, I'm a defector.

Your blood is blue and Your minds turned green and Your belly is all yellow.

You believe Your throne is too high To be overthrown We'll watch it get razed By a defector

Free, yeah I’m free From your inciting You can't brainwash me You've got a problem

Free, yeah I’m free From society You can’t control me. I’m a defector

I'm a defector Free, yeah I’m free From your inciting You can't brainwash me You've got a problem

Free, yeah I’m free From society You can’t control me. I’m a defector

[John F. Kennedy Speech] We look for strength and assistance Confident that with your help Man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

References

  1. Interview: Muse on their new album, Drones (2015-06-10). Xfm. Retrieved 2015-06-10 from xfm.co.uk.
  2. Matt Bellamy. (2015-03-23). Matt Bellamy on BBC Radio 1 - Dead Inside Premiere. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  3. L'édition du Soir by Philippe Richard. (2015-05-18). Que vaut le nouvel album de Muse?. Ouest-france. Retrieved 2015-05-18 from ouest-france.fr/.



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