Ruled by Secrecy (song)

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Muse song
Name Ruled by Secrecy
Album/single
Length 4:54
Alternative titles Rule By Secrecy
First live performance 14 March 2004
Latest live performance 24 October 2012
Recorded Grouse Lodge, 2003[1][2]
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey

Description

Matthew Bellamy: "It's about this man who's come back from work and he's just shot everyone and killed everyone, and he's come back to his wife with a load of blood all over his hands going 'I've just blown it ... I lost it ... I lost the plot.'

"The reason being because its slowly dawning on him that everything he is doing is out of his power."

Additional information

Ruled by Secrecy starts off very quiet, followed by an explosion of sound. It was one of the band's (and Tom Kirk's) favourite songs to play live during the Absolution tour.

The bass of this song is very simple, with Wolstenholme playing just one note every 2 bars. From the bridge section, the bass is heavily distorted & the octave pedal is used, yet the simple playing continues.

At 3:19 in the song, there is a very subtle mistake in Bellamy's playing.

The video that plays in the background during live performances counts down to the piano climax, (at 2:57 in the album version) appearing to count down to an apocalyptic event, such as an atomic bomb explosion.

The title and the song's meaning are also related to a book called Rule by Secrecy by Jim Marrs, a book about conspiracy theories of how there are secret societies dictating the way the world is run. The song probably refers to the 'underground' group called Illuminati.

Trivia

At the end, a heart-beat can be heard. It's very quiet though it is possible to hear. There is also a Shepard Tone[1] as the songs fades out. On the pre-release promo CD, the song is longer as the Shepard Tone continues to fall.

Lyrics

Repress and restrain

Steal the pressure and the pain Wash the blood off your hands This time she won't understand

Change in the air And they'll hide everywhere And no one Knows who's in control

You're working so hard And you're never in charge Your death creates success Rebuild and suppress

Change in the air And they'll hide everywhere And no one Knows who's in control

Change in the air And they'll hide everywhere And no one Knows who's in control

References

  1. Making of Absolution (2003-09-29). Taste Media. [verify]
  2. Richard Buskin. (2003-12). Rich Costey: Recording Muse's Absolution. Sound on Sound website. Retrieved 2006-11-04 from www.soundonsound.com. [verify]


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