Exo-Politics (song)

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Muse song
Name Exo-Politics
Album/single Black Holes and Revelations (8)
Length 3:53
Alternative titles
  • Majestic Blue »
  • Codebreak Shy Outsider
  • Obtain Drowsy Powders
  • Harem Meeting
  • ABA
  • Unpacked Residents
  • Preservable Heat[1]
  • Timescale Keeper[2]
  • The Other New One[3]
  • Defunct Lies
  • Burning Bandits
  • Bandit Song
  • Pee Candle
First live performance Auditorium Field, Boca Raton 2005
Latest live performance 22nd November 2006
Recorded New York Avatar/Electric Lady Studios 2005
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey
Chart position 64

Description

Very groove-based bass line which is maintained until the chorus which opts for a slight variation on this bass line. A guitar solo heavily based on the chordal progression which then leads back into the verse. The piece ends with the original groove riff played twice and then ended on a tonic chord. Strong lyrics and vocals with a memorable melody especially in the chorus, coupled with the 4-on-the-floor beat and bassline, would seem to indicate that the boys have been listening to Franz Ferdinand a lot lately.

Additional information

The song is about the inhabitants of the Zeta Reticuli Star System invading Earth, or as Matt said: "That’s about the possibility of an orchestrated alien invasion created by the New World Order".

Matthew also said in a German interview that: "It is about a trade agreement between the US government and extraterrestials, about the use of new technologies".

It is also about PSYOPs, using the paranormal as a method of covering secret "black" projects - for example Groom Lake in Nevada, the role of conflict in controlling public thought, and the Star Wars Strategic Defense project.

Matt has said the idea of the projects being aimed at fighting aliens is much more appealing. While stating he takes this idea seriously, he has been simultaneously reduced to incoherent, hysterical laughter by this.

The theremin sound effect on the introduction is actually played by Matt using a Kaoss pad controller.[4]

Known as Burning Bandits when first played, by fans who had mistakenly thought is was the Western-themed song (Knights of Cydonia) that Matt had referred to in a 2005 interview as the 'Bandit Song'. Early live versions featured an extended introduction and the focus of the lyrics regarded 'demons' instead of (apparent) aliens. When played live, the song is played half a step down, the same as Starlight.

The song was added to Guitar Hero 3 as part of a track pack along with Supermassive Black Hole and Stockholm Syndrome.

Trivia

In the Black Holes & Revelations CD sleeve, it says 'Antique items crushed on "Exo-Politics" by Tom Kirk', although this does not appear to be audible on the track/has not yet been heard.

According to Kirk the object that he crushed was an antique brass megaphone. [5]

Lyrics

Studio

Open the skies over me

I am waiting patiently I'll wait for the sign

As conspiracies unwind Will you slam shut or free your mind Or stay hypnotised

When the Zetas fill the skies Will our leaders tell us why Fully loaded satellites Will conquer nothing but our minds

But I'm waiting patiently I'll wait for the sign

Carried through the centuries Secrets locked up and loaded on my back Well it weighs me down

When the Zetas fill the skies It's just our leaders in disguise Fully loaded satellites Will conquer nothing but our minds

But I'm waiting patiently I'll wait for the sign But I'm waiting patiently I'll wait for the sign

2005 tour

Open the skies over me

I am waiting patiently I'll wait for the sign

Whisper through centuries Secrets locked up lonely And I'm waiting until

Stop asking yourself why You can't see the demons in your eyes Stop asking where to find the truth to compensate your lies

So it forms in my mind I am searching for a twisting world And there's no scars on my side

Stop asking yourself why You can't see the demons in your eyes Stop asking, where to find the truth to compensate your lies

Well I'm waiting patiently I’m waiting for a sign Well I’m waiting so patiently But I’ll wait for the truth

References

  1. Manchester Field 2005-04-28 set list
  2. Buffalo Sphere Entertainment Complex 2005 (gig)
  3. Raleigh Disco Rodeo 2005 set list
  4. EQ 200703
  5. [Tweet from kirk]


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