Overdue (song)

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Muse song
Name Overdue
Album/single
Length 2:26, 4:14 (Muse EP)
Alternative titles -
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance 7th June 2000
Recorded 1998
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie, Paul Reeve (Muse EP version)

Information

The very first Muse song on a commercial Muse record.

The version on the Muse EP differs from that which features on Showbiz, containing a slow bridge in the middle and additional lyrics, whilst omitting the last chorus.

Live

The song was first played sometime prior to Soundwaves 1997, the recording from which is the first known performance of Overdue.

It was likely commonly played throughout 1997 and 1998 as the band had seen some potential in the song based on its inclusion in the two-track demo. By 1999 it was played significantly less, but still made an appearance at most concerts. The notable exception was October 1999 where it did not make a single known appearance. It was usually either the opener or among the first few songs.

During 2000 it was played at nearly every gig for the first half of January before the change in setlists to a smaller set. From what we know it was played semi-commonly up until March when it was dropped with the single exception being the performance at the London Astoria on June 7th, its last confirmed performance. Out of all tracks from Showbiz, it was played the least in 2000, apart from Hate This & I'll Love You. Alongside Falling Down and Escape, it did not return for the Origin of Symmetry tour.

Composition

Overdue is written in 4/4 time, but changes to 6/4 during the chorus. The song moves at a tempo of 108 bpm.

Lyrics

You needed it when I was away

And no matter what I say You’ll never forget when I wasn’t there so Why should I care? I’m young but I know that I’m aroused

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

It doesn’t matter where I have gone I just can’t afford to Pay for all the mistakes that you have made It’s about time I was paid

I’m young but I know that I’m aroused

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

The Muse EP version of the song lacks the last chorus, is extended and features the extra lyrics:

You...

We really need to change it And turn it over

Cause you should have been there When I was aroused Cause you should have been there When I was aroused

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

You know that I care You should have been there You know that I care You should have been there

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