Thoughts of a Dying Atheist (song)

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Muse song
Name Thoughts of a Dying Atheist
Album/single
Length 3:11
Alternative titles Scaring Me
First live performance 3rd September 2003
Latest live performance 7th May 2005
Recorded Grouse Lodge and Air Studios, London, 2003
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Rich Costey

Description

Another song where Bellamy is in character, dealing with his atheism. As the title suggests, it concerns the thoughts of a dying atheist, who is scared because he does not believe in heaven or hell or any postmortem plane of existence. Now, at the moment of his death, he must face the disheartening non existence he had come to believe in.

The song also underlines Matthew's belief in real things who can not be seen, the rare feeling some people have as if (passed away) people are around them (and trying to talk to them) "I know you're in this room, I'm sure I heard you sigh" Does his early-ghost-talk-days come out in this song?

Just before the bridge, at 2:04, Wolstenholme can be heard jumping into the pool at Grouse Lodge recording studio as Howard hits his cymbals.[1]

Matthew Bellamy's definition of Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

"Songs like Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, sing about the idea trying to maintain anything your believes owns, trying to deal with the idea, recog of dead sense at the same time, is a very difficult thing do I think."[2]

Trivia

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist was once a working title for Megalomania.

Lyrics

Eerie whispers trapped beneath my pillow

Won't let me sleep, your memories I know you're in this room, I'm sure I heard you sigh Floating in between where our worlds collide

It scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see And it scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, whoa

I know the moment's near And there's nothing we can do Look through a faithless eye Are you afraid to die?

It scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see And it scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, whoa

And it scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see And it scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, whoa

References

  1. Sound on Sound 200412
  2. Edge 103.9 Absolution Documentary


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