Yes Please (song)

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Muse song
Name Yes Please
Album/single
Length 3:05
Alternative titles Crazy Days[1]
First live performance Unknown (Demo state)
30th May 2000 (Finished state)
Latest live performance -
Recorded
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Paul Reeve


Description

This song is very loud and distorted, with distorted vocals as well.

Additional information

This song is about Matthew Bellamy's one time flat mate who dealt hard drugs, heroin in particular.[2] The song was recorded first as a demo towards the end of 1996, then entitled "Crazy Days".[1] Bellamy's own paraphrased recollections have him moving from Teignmouth to Exeter when he was 18, which he became in July of the same year.[2] Thus, we can deduce that the song was composed sometime during the latter half of 1996.[2][1]

The flat which Bellamy and this flatmate shared was situated above an erotic literature store. He described it as having looked like "a scene from Trainspotting".[2]

The demo version outro is a short section of what later became Execution Commentary. Also in the demo version, the guitar is without as many effects as the later version on Hullabaloo Soundtrack and Bellamy does not scream the second and fourth lines of each verse. The Hullabaloo version, in contrast, has him screaming those parts with vocal effects applied. Other parts added to the Hullabaloo recording include the band laughing and Bellamy saying "Jump on my pleasure pill? Yes please!" between 0:20 and 0:32, with the band later laughing again at 1:50 and 2:50. Matt expressed the desire to rename the song, but never did.[3]

The Yes Please riff is practically identical to the riff (starting at roughly 4:20) in the Rage Against The Machine song 'Freedom'.

Live

As with other early songs, it is unknown when the band started playing Yes Please. The two early live recordings that are available currently, those of the Battle of the Bands in November 1994 and the Soundwaves festival of August 1997, do not include Yes Please. As the song has been dated back to 1996 it is likely the song was played in its unfinished state for several years.

The song, from what we know, did not make an appearance during the 1999 tour, nor did it appear in the first half of 2000. The song was premiered in its finished state in late May 2000. For the first few gigs, the track was played instead of Agitated. It then became a common opener at festivals during July and August. It is believed to have been played between eighteen and thirty-five times in 2000, eighteen being the current known number of gigs and thirty-five including gigs with unknown setlists the song was possibly played at. After 2000-10-14, only riffs from the song were played, until it was performed in full again on 2013-07-27. It then made the occasional appearance during the latter half of The 2nd Law Tour and once in 2014.

Lyrics

I cannot sleep

There's too much noise in my head I cannot sleep I want it here instead

I never thought that this could come to this I just wanna look at your face in peace now You will never miss But I can

I can not keep The shame that's clawed us out I will not keep Your shut up, shut up lies

I never thought that this could come to this I just wanna live in bliss, in peace now You will never miss But I can

Demo version

Inaccurate

I cannot sleep

There's too much noise in my head I cannot sleep I wanna be here instead

'Cause when I look at you I know that you will never let me know So why don't you just get out, out

I never thought that this could come to this I just wanna live my wedded bliss in peace now You could not hear my shout But I can

To my dismay You went away I cannot sleep There's too much noise in my head

When I look at you I know that you will never let me know So why don't you just get out, out

I never thought that this could come to this I just wanna live my wedded bliss in peace now You could never miss (shhh) But I can

Quotes

  • "Yes Please (erm.. i think i will have to think of a better name for this one)"
    Matt talking about the Sunburn tracklisting, 01/27/2000.

References

  1. a b c d e (1996/1997). [Newton Abbot demo inlay]. [verify]
  2. a b c d The dark side of Matt Bellamy (2002-06-22). Kerrang, 909, 14. Retrieved 2008-03-11. [verify]
  3. [1]


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Click here to listen to it on YouTube: Yes Please and Crazy Days