The Dark Side (song)

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Muse song
Name The Dark Side
Album/single Simulation Theory (2)
Length 3:47
Alternative titles Drkside
First live performance
Latest live performance Unknown
Recorded 2017/2018
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Muse
Chart position Unknown

Description

Matt said The Dark Side is a song that contains 'angry lyrics' and has the common Muse themes of frustration and loneliness. [1]

It contains a very "I Want to Break Free"-like guitar solo. The song's also been compared to artists like Prince and it's very reminiscent to the Scarface theme 'Push it to the Limit' and to Laura Branigan's hit 'Self-Control', with the 80s influence being very strong in this one.

You can listen to it here

Additional information

First mentioned by Matt during KROQ's interview on The Kevin & Bean Show on February 15th, 2018. Matt said that it is one of the band's favourites. The title first appeared in the Something Human music video, during the closing shot, on a car licence plate falling on the ground. The same shot was also used as the opening in the music video for The Dark Side.

Bellamy described the song as "Rock-electro-synth-map-ish-ish".

Live

The effect used in the solo was used during Plug in Baby on the By Request gig in Paris for the first time. Also during the Yokohama Arena gig soundcheck, an unidentified guitar lick was played after Madness, later identified as the guitar solo. It was played full for the first time at Reeperbahn Festival 2018/09/21.

More here.

Lyrics

I have lived in darkness

For all my life, I've been pursued You'd be afraid, if you could feel my pain And if you could see the things I am able to see

Break me out, break me out, let me flee Break me out, break me out, set me free

I hail from the dark side For all my life, I've been besieged You'd be scared, living with my despair And if you could feel the things I am able to feel

Break me out, break me out, let me flee Break me out, break me out, set me free

Break me out, break me out, let me flee Break me out, break me out, set me free

Save me from the dark side Break me out, break me out, set me free

References

  1. Matthew Bellamy. (2018-07-20). Twitter / Jay Pea: @MattBellamy You're not angry enough in your song writing anymore, I miss frustrated lonely muse. Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-20 from twitter.com.