"Shrinking Universe" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
Cast your eye tears on to me
And I'll show you what you really need
Give too much attention
And I'll reflect your imperfections
Can't you see it's over
Because you're the god of a shrinking universe

Purposeless survival
Now there's nothing left to die for
So don't struggle to recognize
Now the cruelly heart-felt suicide

Can't you see it's over
Because you're the god of a shrinking universe

Can't you see it's over
Because you're the god of a shrinking universe


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"Shrinking Universe" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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    General Commenti thought it's about an extremist or someone who force his views and opinions on others and he just found that his beliefs were wrong
    post-boredomon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song has a different messege. It seems Matt Bellamy was talking about our obsessions with material objects and unimportant things we buy, and the things we do to get them when he says "..And I'll show you what you really need." and "Purposeless survival. Now there's nothing left to die for."

    This song also reminds me of Tyler Durden's rant in the novel/film Fight Club in which he says, "We have no Great War. No great depression. We're the middle children of society. No purpose or place. Our Great War is a spiritual war. And our Great Depression...is our lives." I feel as humans, we've basically been devolving. We've abandoned our survival instincts and natural methods of living. We depend on computers, and TV's, and MP3 Players, and our houses, and bank accounts, and fancy cars, and on all these things we really don't need.

    I also think this is why they put the song on the trailer for 28 Weeks Later. Because in those movies one of the major points Danny Boyle/Alex Garland makes (at least indirectly), is how badly we are addicted to these things. And how in a world like that, none of this will matter. They have no electricity, no radio, no TV, no products we've become slaves to.

    But I'm tired and rambling so maybe I'm not making sense? I don't know...
    Frank The Bunnyon May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a class song about a physics theory, look it up on yahoo.
    Matt_Bellamyon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti've always thought he said the guy of a shrinking universe.. and i've always thought it's about a guy who takes all your time. Like, after a few months, you don't have any friends anymore. But I guess i was wrong :)
    No-use-for-a-nameon May 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentjust got out my hullaballoo album and listened to this again class*
    halo_cutieon February 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about, obviously the physics theory, but also, i think, religion. like, mainstream sort. because, why else would the word God be in there? i guess matt bellamy might have had some other weird reason to put that in there, maybe to add to the way the song flowed, but still. maybe it's like, "you know, you can be as religious as you like, but when the universe starts closing is [that is if there's enough matter...] you're all screwed and there's nothing your GOD can do for you." all we can do is find a way to jump into that other universe. read Hyperspace, it's good.xx
    I_love_muse_MOREon June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThose lyrics are a bit off. Anyway, I think this is something like a child growing away from thier parents. The sphere of the influence of the parent shrinks from no longer controlling the child, there's nothing left to die for, etc...
    Colaon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it has nothing to do with God as a religion. The lines "purposeless survival; now there's nothing left to die for" make me think of someone who wasted all their entire life and now have no choice to make but commit a suicide to end their empty existence. The "shrinking universe" is the life of the "God" who is just the person in question. The whole first stanza could just be life itself. Life will show you "what you need" and if you waste so much time just staring at it then your chance at life will be over before you know it.
    Tinmad773on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits pointless, there is no need to "flex your imperfections" - "can't you see it's over?"
    the shrinking universe represents the inevitable end of the world...
    agneishdon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits pointless, there is no need to "flex your imperfections" - "can't you see it's over?"
    the shrinking universe represents the inevitable end of the world...
    agneishdon May 14, 2007   Link

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