Resistance (song)

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Muse song
Name Resistance
Album/single The Resistance (2)[1], Resistance (1)
Length 5:46[2]
Alternative titles -
First live performance 4th September 2009
Latest live performance 12th April 2014
Recorded Studio Bellini, Lake Como and Milan, Italy, 2009
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Christopher Wolstenholme
Producer Muse

Description

"Resistance" opens with piano and drums and has a Queen-esque chorus.[2] Described in NME magazine as having "tribals drums and a piano melody in the style of 'Starlight.'"[3] In the September 2009 issue of Spin, Matt said, "The song 'Resistance' is basically a retelling of the relationship between Winston and Julia," in reference to the two main characters of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The eerie keyboard layers in the verse of the track also include an Ondes Martenot, an early synthesizer championed by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, as shown in 'The Making Of The Resistance.'

Matt said, "This song started off as an extension of 'Map of the Problematique' with a bit of influence from early 'The Police'. It is very much based on the book '1984' by George Orwell particularly the romance between Winston and Julia and the description of the act of sex and love as something political, the only place offering freedom from Big Brother. The song is also about any love which crosses boundaries such as religion or strong political beliefs and the subsequent recognition of the unimportance and divisiveness of such beliefs."[4]

Information

"Resistance" makes music reference to "Citizen Erased" from Origin of Symmetry, which also draws lyrical influences from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

On the 11th January 2010, it was announced through Muse.mu that "Resistance" would be the third single from The Resistance.

The song has been included in a piece of downloadable content for the game "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock." This is the 8th Muse song to feature in a "Guitar Hero" game.

The song has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Rock Song.[5]

Recording

The song was one of the first on The Resistance described by the band before recording began, describing it as "sound[ing] a little like ‘New Year’s Day" by U2.[6]

In an interview with Guitar Player magazine (July 2010) Matt revealed that he recorded the guitar solo with the Fender Aloha Stratocaster.

Lyrics

Is our secret safe tonight

and are we out of sight or will our world come tumbling down? Will they find our hiding place is this our last embrace or will the walls start caving in?

It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it should've been right It could be wrong, could be wrong, to let our hearts ignite It could be wrong, could be wrong, are we digging a hole? It could be wrong, could be wrong, this is out of control It could be wrong, could be wrong, it could never last It could be wrong, could be wrong, must erase it fast It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it could've been right It could be wrong, could be....

Love is our resistance They'll keep us apart and they won't stop breaking us down Hold me Our lips must always be sealed

If we live a life in fear I'll wait a thousand years Just to see you smile again Kill your prayers for love and peace You'll wake the thought police We can't hide the truth inside

It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it should've been right It could be wrong, could be wrong, to let our hearts ignite It could be wrong, could be wrong, are we digging a hole? It could be wrong, could be wrong, this is out of control It could be wrong, could be wrong, it could never last It could be wrong, could be wrong, must erase it fast It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it could've been right It could be wrong, could be....

Love is our resistance They'll keep us apart and they won't stop breaking us down Hold me Our lips must always be sealed

The night has reached its end We can't pretend We must run We must run It's time to run Take us away from here Protect us from further harm Resistance!

References

  1. 2. RESISTANCE (2009-07-03). Twitter. Retrieved 2009-07-03 from twitter.com.
  2. a b Julien Bordier. (2009-07-0?). Jai ecoute le nouveau Muse. L'Express. Retrieved 2009-07-10 from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  3. New album preview (2009-07-22). New Musical Express, 23–25. Retrieved 2009-07-29 from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  4. iTunes LP - The Resistance
  5. http://muse.mu/news/article/726/muse-nominated-for-three-grammys/
  6. Exclusive: Matt Bellamy reveals U2 influence! (2008-07-21). Hot Press. Retrieved from hotpress.com.


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