JFK (song)

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Muse song
Name JFK
Album/single Drones
Length 0:54
Alternative titles
First live performance 29th May 2015
Latest live performance 24th June 2016
Recorded 2014/2015 - The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, Canada
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse, Robert "Mutt" Lange

Description

Intro to Defector. It samples John F. Kennedy's speech mixed with music which is a reminder of Defector's guitar solo melody, but with orchestral strings.

According to Matt Bellamy, the intro is a start to more positive songs on the album, where the main character defects against the system. [1]

Matt said about the track that: "It talks about the human spirit, freedom and independence kind of stuff" and this is "where everything does a transition" and that "The JFK speech, at that time it was talking about the rise of communism and stuff, when you heard the words he said it's so relevant to the world even now".[2]

Trivia

JFK as an intro was aired at some tour dates during the Black Holes and Revelations tour in 2007, however it included more lines than the newer version, and only included his speech, without the string elements.

Live

The song was premiered on John F. Kennedy's Birthday, on May 29th, 2015 at Rockavaria Festival 2015 as an intro to Uprising.

It has been an intro to Uprising, Defector, Revolt, Reapers, Stockholm Syndrome, Interlude + Hysteria and Assassin so far. It has been a staple during all the Drones World Tour.

More info here

Lyrics

For we are opposed around the world

By a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy That relies primarily on covert means For expanding its sphere of influence

On infiltration instead of invasion On subversion instead of elections On intimidation instead of free choice On guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.

It is a system which has conscripted Vast human and material resources Into the building of a tightly knit Highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic Intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised.

References

  1. Youtube. (2015-16-04). Dom and Matt interview on Alt 98.7 radio. Retrieved 2015-16-04 from alt987fm.com.
  2. Muse Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard Interview Sixx Sense 17-04-2015 (2015-04-17). Soundcloud. Retrieved 2015-04-17 from soundcloud.com.


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