Who Knows Who (song)

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Muse song
Name Who Knows Who
Album/single Uprising vinyl (2)
Length 3:24
Alternative titles Who Knows Who (feat. Mike Skinner)
First live performance 8th March 2008 (riff)
Latest live performance 5th June 2015 (riff)
Recorded 2008
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy (music), Mike Skinner (lyrics)
Producer Muse, Morgan Nicholls (vocal production)

Information

A collaborative song Muse recorded with The Streets in 2008.[1] The song features vocals by Mike Skinner with Muse providing the instrumental backing, using a "blues riff"[1] similar to that of Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker. It was leaked on 3rd August 2008,[2] with the band commenting that they were "happy for it to be leaked around unofficially" as it was "not intended to be a serious release".[1] The song and the bands response to the leak were reported by the media the next day,[3] with Sean Michaels of The Guardian commenting that while "Skinner's lyrics are not always coherent, there's a real energy to Who Knows Who".[4]

"Who Knows Who" later became the B side to the vinyl Uprising single.

Live

The Heartbreaker riff, which is very similar to that played in Who Knows Who, has been played since at least 2004. The Streets played a portion of Who Knows Who, without Muse, at the BBC Electric Proms on the 23rd October 2008.[5]

Lyrics

Money-men mill about Monday morning Another new nothing and never nearer Consumed at the cost that it's currently costing I don't dare dig any deeper down I don't have the head-space

I don't understand all the figures and facts It'll spin around till I start panic attacking But there's one curve ball that states my soul Let me live out life and I'll stay control

Take that away, I'll never get dressed Money-men milling in Monday morning I will go spend or I will raise warning I'm nothing but me and mine, so

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

My name's magic and it's mud I do bad things but I can rob They don't buy anything, they watch it, see For their time is the commodity

The gap between art and artist grows I never know why I ever wrote this prose I write this rubbish but believe you me I've just never been keen on tasting redness

But put the orange suit on, shackle my ankles I couldn't take that, are we fuckin' clear? Oh!

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

I don't promote no violence but If you all got carted off Boys will be boys, toys'll get tossed Bang me up, right and rough I'm not a people-beater but If that law gets made up on me Show me the cross and I'll take it on

I don't promote no violence but If you all got carted off Boys'll be boys, toys'll get tossed Bang me up, right and rough I'm not a people-beater but If that law gets made up on me Show me the cross and I'll take it on

(Now go low, Ha-ha-ha!)

Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want (Stay on the floor!) Tell me what you want

Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want Tell me what you want

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

Yeah, I've been gone With who knows who Doing God knows what Don't turn it up I'll return at any hour Fuck all your law, fuck your power

References

  1. a b c Muse via KirkBot. (2008-08-04). Muse & the streets. Retrieved 2008-08-04 from board.muse.mu.
  2. Tom. (2008-08-03). Leak?. Retrieved 2008-08-04 from muselive.com.
  3. Alex Fletcher. (2008-08-04). Muse explain leaked Streets collaboration. Retrieved 2008-08-07 from digitalspy.co.uk.
  4. Sean Michaels. (2008-08-04). Muse happy with leaked Streets collaboration. Retrieved 2008-08-07 from guardian.co.uk.
  5. Tom. (2008-10-24). The Streets Dabble with Who Knows Who. Retrieved 2008-10-24 from muselive.com.