|Alternative titles|| |
|First live performance||13th February 2000 (instrumental), 28th May 2002|
|Latest live performance||-|
|Recorded||Air Studios, London, 2002/2003|
|The Small Print||<||Fury (bonus track)||>||Endlessly|
A dark and brooding track.
Matthew Bellamy wished this to be on the album but Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard voted against it, and so "The Small Print" was put on the album instead. "Fury" was sometimes played live during the latter part of the Origin of Symmetry tour and the Absolution tour, and often during the Black Holes and Revelation tour.
Interpretation one This is one of Muse's songs which indicates a scepticism concerning the ability of religion, ironically indicated by a prayer (presumably to a god) asking that he does not exist, to effect change (cf. "Crying Shame").
Interpretation two This is a statement of an existential despair, where ironically freedom from divine judgement ("no god/ to punish us and make a fuss") would also require the absence of divine blessing and answered prayer ("and we'll pray"). It is a more nuanced understanding of a non-religious life.
The riff bears similarity with the bass guitar part of Rage Against the Machine's "Without a Face".
Starting at around the 3:48 mark of the song where the final verse is being sung, a ghostly echo of Bellamy singing falsetto can be heard. It can be heard vaguely through good speakers, but sounds a bit clearer through headphones. So far, the only known live performance where he sings the falsetto instead of the final verse is from the gig in le Zénith de Orléans (15th March 2004) which can be heard by following the media link on the gig info page.
First played in full before the release of Absolution in 2002, "Fury" had started as an instrumental during the Showbiz tour in 2000, and was played occasionally through the Absolution and US Campus Invasion Tours from 2003 to 2005. After being left out of set lists during the first leg of the Black Holes and Revelations tour, "Fury" was played at Perth Supreme Court Gardens (10th November 2007) for the first time in three years and made frequent subsequent appearances throughout the remainder of 2007 and 2008. The song was played at the Zepp Tokyo (13th August 2013) for the first time in five years.
You're so happy now Burning the candle at both ends Your self loving soothes And softens the blows you've invented Breathe in deep And cleanse away our sins And we'll pray that there's no God To punish us and make a fuss Cracks healing up Future soul forgive this mess You waste twenty years And wind up alone demented Breathe in deep And cleanse away our sins And we'll pray that there's no God To punish us and make a fuss Breathe in deep And cleanse away our sins And we'll pray that there's no God To punish us and make a fuss
- ↑ Thomas Kirk. (2005-03-02). Tom Kirk Live Webcast. Muselive. Retrieved 2007-03-07 from www.muselive.com. [verify]