Hyper Music (song)

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Muse song
Name Hyper Music
Album/single
Length 3:20
Alternative titles I Don't Love You
First live performance 12th October 2000 (full), 1999 (riff)
Latest live performance 2nd July 2016
Recorded Real World Studio Wiltshire 2001
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie
Chart position 24


Description

Has a powering bass line. Quite bitter lyrics for an up-beat, up-tempo song. The riff is similar to Rage Against the Machine's Snakecharmer. There is a slower, more relaxed version of this song called Hyper Chondriac Music.

Matthew Bellamy definition of Hyper Music

Matt said that the song it's about "Wanting to destroy a person you've loved"[1] he also said in another interview: "This one really rocks out, it's really full-on but the lyrics are just plain negative, just pure anger and disregard for affection, the opposite of ‘’Bliss’’. It's actually linked to a book I read called ‘Hyper Space’, which is about how all the laws of nature and physics combine in the 10th Dimension in pure mathematics to form one main theme"[2]

Composition

Hyper Music is a metal/heavy rock song written in the key of D minor. It's very energetic, with a powering bassline and aggressive lyrics. It moves at a moderately fast tempo of 122 bpm.

Bellamy's vocal range spans from G3 to D5. The song contains many A4's in the modal register, which is one of Bellamy's highest notes, making this arguably a very difficult vocal.

Since it's return to live shows, the A4's during the verse are mostly sung in full voice by Bellamy, in contrast to older performances in which he sang this part in falsetto.

Since 2011, Chris sings the chorus instead of Matt.

Additional information

Could be about the same person as in Hate This and I'll Love You and Uno. Someone who was associated with the band before they made it, who Matt had reason to dislike. (On a similar theme Sunburn seems to be about a girl who was associated with them, who in contrast Matt regrets having to leave behind, because he sees her as a star).

Other readings of the song's lyrics have developed a hypothesis that this song is of an anti-religious nature. The lyrics could be a narrative from a messianic figure such as Jesus Christ. "Golden lies" could be those of priests, rabbis, etc. who "feed [God's] role" in the world. The lies not being that God/Jesus exists, after all he says "Who's returned from the dead? Who remains?" (somewhat rhetorical questions); the lies are more likely to be that he was here to save mankind, "I don't love you and I never did". The second verse deals with his reason for not wanting us, "You wanted more than I was worth" - a superhuman messiah that has evidently not saved us from our sins; "And you think I was scared" being a reference to Jesus' apparent fear of his upcoming crucifixion, in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14, Luke 22: 43-44); "And you needed proof", something which our modern secular and scientific age begs for and which there is very little in any religion's defence. "Who really cares any more?" - it is over, God does not love us, he does not care, he has forsaken us and hence the suffering we see across the world.

The book Hyper Space by Michio Kaku is a foundation inspiration for the entire album, especially the title and Hyper Music can be seen as a direct reference to that book. The book's various metaphysical discussions about religion lend more weight to the religious reading of the song's lyrics.

Interestingly, a typo/mishearing of the lyrics is printed in the sleeve of Origin of Symmetry. The line, "Your golden lies feed my role," is printed as "Your golden skies feed my role". This is most likely due to early live versions of the song where Matt sings "skies" instead of "lies".

Lyrics

[Guitar Solo Open]

Your golden lies feed my role In this forgotten space race under my control Who’s returned from the dead? Who remains (just to spit it in your face?)

You know that I don’t want you and I never did I don’t want you and I never will

You wanted more than I was worth And you think I was scared, yeah And you needed proof Who really cares anymore? Who restrains (just to spit it in your face?)

You know that I don’t love you and I never did I don’t want you and I never will Waahhh

References

  1. Kerrang!October 2001: Muse Shoot Two Videos
  2. Rock Sound - 2001


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