Sunburn (song)

MuseWiki, wiki for the band Muse
Jump to: navigation, search
Muse song
Name Sunburn
Album/single
Length 3:54
Alternative titles -
First live performance Unknown
Latest live performance -
Recorded 1999
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer John Leckie
Chart position 22

Description

A piano arpeggios driven intro followed by a heavier guitar chorus.

Information

A staple of the live set prior to the Black Holes and Revelations tour and has been performed on guitar and piano. Has made occasional appearances throughout The Resistance tour.

The band has continued playing this song once again during The 2nd Law tour, along with Falling Down, but both were never played in the same gig. In the stadium leg, it is being played along with Unintended.

According to Dom, "Sunburn is a song that happened in the studio about two years ago. I remember Matt playing around with a line on the piano and then on the guitar. Then the rest of us joined in. It's a song we still love playing live and always will. It's about moving into a new world, mentally or physically, realising it's not what you thought it was going to be. It was written at a time of change for us - we'd gone from painting and decorating and signing on, to flying first class to LA!"[1]

Matthew Bellamy declared that while the band were recording, this song was one of his favourites, but found it a bit weak at first: "I wanted to make it sound good. So that was when John Leckie, our producer, had this idea to work out the guitar part on the piano. That was the first time I played piano in years it seems, and I had to spend two or three days just practicing Sunburn, which is a pretty simple part".[2]

According to Bellamy, Sunburn was composed whilst in the studio.

Sunburn was added to Radio 1's C playlist on, or shortly before, 31st January 2000.[3]

As of 18th July 2007, the piano and drums from the intro of Sunburn were used in the BBC's TV coverage of the Open golf championship

Interpretation

It is possibly about the band struggling money wise before they were signed.

Lyrics could also suggest the possibility of it being about a stripper or prostitute, or a strip club.

Alternative meaning: seems to be about a girl who was associated with the band before they made it, who Bellamy regrets having to leave behind, due to him seeing her as a star.

Alternate versions

An early demo recording of Sunburn features different lyrics and has an extended ending. The entire song is played on guitar, and is seemingly the original version, before John Leckie decided that a piano version would sound stronger. The lyrical focus of this early version appears to be the end of a relationship. Also a live preformance of Sunburn acoustic was broadcasted over the radio [Watch]

Three remixes were created entitled "Sunburn (Timo Maas Sunstroke Mix)", "Sunburn (Timo Maas Breakz Again Remix)" and "Sunburn (Steven McCreery Remix)".

Lyrics

Come waste your millions here

Secretly she sneers Another corporate show, A guilty conscience grows

And I'll feel a guilty conscience grow And I'll feel a guilty conscience grow

She burns like the sun and I can't look away And she'll burn our horizons make no mistakes

Come let the truth be shared No one ever dared To break these endless lies Secretly she cries

She burns like the sun And I can't look away And she'll burn our horizons Make no mistakes

And I'll hide from the world Behind a broken frame And I'll run forever I can't face the shame

And I'll hide from the world Behind a broken frame And I'll run forever I can't face the shame

Alternative lyrics

Instead of

Another corporate show

It was changed to, on some live versions:

Just like a virgin blows

Whilst Showbiz was still being recorded it was:[4]

Just like an angel glows

Demo version

Let the truth be known

Life just carries on When you're dead and gone I'll still feel your glow

And I'll believe I'll still feel your glow And I'll believe I'll still feel your glow

She burns like the sun And I can't look away And she'll burn our horizons Make no mistake

Let the truth be heard True love is absurd And I'll leave Just to feel your glow

She burns like the sun And I can't look away And she'll burn our horizons Make no mistake

She burns like the sun And I can't look away And she'll burn our horizons Make no mistake

She burns like the sun And I can't look away And she'll burn my horizons Make no mistake

References

  1. Q Magazine - January 2000
  2. Innocence and Absolution keboardmag.com 200506
  3. Microcuts.net 20000131
  4. Muse. (2000). [Making of Showbiz]. Retrieved from youtube.com.

See also


Go back to Showbiz