Sober (song)

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Muse song
Name Sober
Album/single
Length 4:04
Alternative titles Only
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance 13th November 2001
Recorded 1999, 1998 (Muscle Museum EP), 1996 (Newton Abbot demo)
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Paul Reeve


Information

One of the very earliest-written songs on the album, alongside Cave, Overdue, Escape, Muscle Museum and Hate This & I'll Love You. The song originates from 1996, appearing often in early setlists as well as on the Newton Abbot Demo.

About Alcoholism. The song references several different brands of whiskey, namely Royal Canadian, Wild Turkey, Arbourler and Jameson.

A flash based video was made for this song which features Bellamy. Sober also featured in Gran Turismo.

Three versions of the song have been recorded, including a slightly different version on the Muscle Museum EP and an older recording from the Newton Abbot demo.[1] Few changes were made to the songs after it was first recorded.

The guitar part on the chorus sounds like Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady".

Live

Sober was played both 1997 gigs with known setlists, possibly indicating it was commonly played around this time. It was played moderately commonly throughout 1999 although there is a gap between July 12th and August 14th where, despite at least six known setlists, there were no performances of Sober. In addition, there are no known performances during October and only one from December.

During 2000 the song was played quite frequently and was seen in several gigs in most months (apart from August and September). Sober made just two confirmed appearances during the 2001 tour, once in October and once in November. After this the song was dropped from setlists permanently.

Lyrics

Royal Canadian blended

The spicy aroma had mended me Matured for years and imported Into my glass you poured it And you're the only reason that I remain unfrozen Suppose it stands to reason That you would turn on me

You're so solid You're so solid It burns inside of me 'cause you're so solid It burns inside of me

Wild Turkey's been chosen Its caramel nose can smell me Arbourler, Jameson I love you The single malts come burning And you're the only reason that I remain unfrozen Suppose it stands to reason That you would turn on me

You're so solid You're so solid It burns inside of me 'cause you're so solid It burns inside of me.

Royal Canadian blended The spicy aroma had mended me And you're the only reason that I remain unfrozen Suppose it stands to reason That you would turn on me

You're so solid You're so solid It burns inside of me 'cause you're so solid It burns inside me

Alternative lyrics (demo)

Instead of

Royal Canadian blended

The spicy aroma has mended me

In the last verse, the lyric is

Arbourler, Jameson I love you

The single malts come burning

Alternative lyrics (Live)

Instead of

Arbourler, Jameson I love you

The single malts come burning

In the second verse, the lyric is

It's running wild through my brain vein

Only hatred remains

References

  1. Michael Stone. (2007-12-08). A-Loonatic. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.

See also


Go back to Showbiz

Click here to listen to it on YouTube: Sober