|First live performance||24th October 2006|
|Latest live performance||6th August 2007|
|City of Delusion||<||Hoodoo||>||Knights of Cydonia|
A quiet song, consisting of Spanish-esque electric guitar and a romantic piano section.
The romantic piano bears a resemblance to the piano part in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy's Piano Concerto #1, Op. 23 - 1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso at time [0:11]. The beginning of Hoodoo consists of only an almost whisper soft Bellamy and the Spanish-esque guitar, very similar to a passage in Isaac Albeniz's Asturias (Leyenda) academic composition for guitar. The beginning is almost entirely arrhythmical until [1:13] when strings and drums join and the song builds tension and dynamics until [1:44] when the song becomes an epic fortissimo with the entrance of romantic piano, Bellamy's passionate high chest-voice vocals, and the addition of homophonic arpeggio string parts at [2:36], in a 4/8 rhythm, playing a polymeter as piano, drums and bass remain in 3/4. This is Muse's first use of a polymeter. At [3:00] it reverts back to the mezzo-piano original section featuring a soft sung Bellamy and the guitar.
This song was originally entirely piano based, and was part of a set of very classical-sounding songs but Bellamy felt that the original piano-based piano intro and outro were too posh sounding, and so it was later adapted for Black Holes and Revelations. The track was recorded in two sections, one consisting of guitar and vocals, and the second consisting of piano, bass and drums, together with strings arrangement. The production was done in two stages. The majority of the song was produced in Avatar studio, while the intro, outro and strings were produced in Italy.
The lyrics were voted "Lyric of the Decade" in 2009 by readers of Q Magazine.
On some occasions, the second chord of the verses are replaced by an inverted D flat major chord, instead of F minor. This was a good indicator of Apocalypse Please being played later in the set, possibly after a break.
Come into my life
Regress into a dream We will hide And build a new reality
Draw another picture Of the life you could've had Follow your instincts And choose the other path
You should never be afraid You're protected From trouble and pain Why, why Is this a crisis In your eyes again?
Come to be How did it come to be? Tied to a railroad No love to set us free Watch our souls fade away And our bodies crumbling Don't be afraid I will take the blow for you
And I've had recurring nightmares That I was loved for who I am And missed the opportunityTo be a better man
- Jeff Touzeau. (2007-03). An Evening with Rich Costey. EQ. [verify]
- susurr0. (2006-10-25). [Muse forum post]. Official Muse forum. Retrieved from board.muse.mu.
- colin88. (2006-10-25). [Muselive thread]. Muselive. Retrieved from muselive.com.
- Performance Footage--2006-10-25--dammitjanetILY -- (Youtube)
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