New Born (song)

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Muse song
Name New Born
Album/single
Length 6:02, 4:41 (Radio edit)
Alternative titles New One
First live performance 16th May 2000
Latest live performance -
Recorded Ridge Farm Studios Surrey, 2001
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer David Bottrill
Chart position 12

Description

A "misleading" Showbiz-era style intro of tinkly piano, which then proceeds into Origin of Symmetry era sound, riffs and distortion.

Matthew Bellamy's definition of New Born

"A feeling of not being connected to each other, but we are, and it's a feeling of the mind evolving from the body, but when that happens you just get this yearn to do something physical and feel something sensational, physical-ness-ness".

"It's about a semi-fear of the evolution of technology, and how in reality it's destroying all humanity. My fear is that we can't control it because it's moving faster than we are, so the songs setting myself in a location in the future where the body is no longer important and everyone's plugged into a network. The opening line is 'link it to the world', so it's connecting yourself on a worldwide scale and being born into another reality, in a way it's on the same lines as the film The Matrix, but we weren't intending on copying their idea on technology and how it has evolved."[1]

Composition

New Born is an electronic/alternative rock song written in the key of E minor. It opens with broken piano chords (arpeggios), until a sustained chord is played, followed by fuzzy guitar which leads into the main part of the song. The song moves at a fairly fast tempo, with the intro playing at 147 bpm, before increasing to 153 bpm. Interestingly, the intro is played a lot faster live, while the rest of the song is generally played slower. Even more interestingly, both parts of the song have decreased in speed over time.

Bellamy's vocal range spans from F♯3 to E5. The outro features sampled vocals.

Additional information

New Born began life as a piece played in sound check on the 1999 tour, while supporting the Foo Fighters, and the piano intro was written afterwards.[2] During the recording of the album in the David Bottrill sessions, the band experimented with using Bellamy's voice for the intro in place of a piano, but decided that this was too abstract and removed it post-recording.[2] Bellamy attributed this to things sounding better when experiencing the effect of magic mushrooms, which Muse were using during said recording sessions.[2]

On the single the ending (using sampled vocals) fades out gently, unlike the version found on the album Origin of Symmetry.

Lyrics

Link it to the world

Link it to yourself Stretch it like a birth squeeze

The love for what you hide The bitterness inside Is growing like the new born

When you've seen, seen Too much, Too young, young Soulless is everywhere

Hopeless time to roam The distance to your home Fades away to nowhere

How much are you worth? You can't come down to earth You're swelling up You're unstoppable

'Cause you've seen, seen Too much Too young, young Soulless is everywhere

Destroy the spineless Show me it's real Wasting our last chance to come away Just break the silence 'cause I'm drifting away Away from you

Link it to the world Link it to yourself Stretch it like it's a birth squeeze And the love for what you hide And the bitterness inside Is growing like the new born

When you've seen, seen Too much, Too young, young Soulless is everywhere

Destroy the spineless Show me it's real Wasting our last chance To come away Just break the silence 'Cause I'm drifting away Away from you

Oakenfold Perfect Remix

Link it to the world

Link it to yourself Stretch it like a birth squeeze

The love for what you hide The bitterness inside Is growing like the new born

When you've seen, seen Too much, Too young, young Soulless is everywhere

Link it to the world Link it to yourself Stretch it like a birth squeeze

The love for what you hide The bitterness inside Is growing like the new born

When you've seen, seen Too much, When you've seen, seen Too much, Too young, young Soulless is everywhere

Early live version

The first version had[3]

Soulless is breaking me

in place of the last instance of

Soulless is everywhere

References

  1. Rock Sound - 2001
  2. a b c Muse: The Making of Origin of Symmetry (2007-10-07). Xfm. Retrieved from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  3. [Clermont-Ferrand Coopérative recording]. [verify]

See also


Go back to Origin of Symmetry